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How do I get an estimate on a wrought iron fence, railing, gate or balcony?
Answer: Please stop by our showroom or contact us either by phone or email to discuss your project. We can get your contact information and make an appointment to stop by to measure the area and we’ll then provide a free quote. We can use your dimensions and photos and prepare a budget quote; dimensions will be verified in person before fabrication.
Can I submit my own design or ideas?
Answer: Sure. We encourage you to provide a picture, sketch or info on what you are trying to achieve. Our galleries are just one source of inspiration. A computer generated drawing after final measurements are taken will be emailed to you later in the production schedule for your approval prior to fabrication. In a 12 week schedule, drawings would be provided near the end around week 8 or 9.
How long does the estimating process take for a wrought iron project?
Answer: Classic Metal Craft will provide a professional typed estimate usually within a week or two depending on current workload. Sometimes it can be longer in the busy months.
Do you have any stock items such as fences, railings or gates?
Answer: No. We custom fabricate all of products. We do have numerous railings, fences and gates on display in our showroom .
How long does it take to fabricate and install my project?
Answer: Depending on the size and complexity of the project, we will do our best to meet any schedule required. Our typical turn time after receipt of order is 8 to 10 weeks, however, during summer & early fall we can be as much as 14 to 16 weeks because of extra volume in our workload.
What are your payment terms?
Answer: Upon acceptance of our estimate, we require a 25% down payment payable by check, credit card or cash. We accept Visa, Mastercard, Discover and American Express. We will then invoice you for the balance upon the successful completion of your project.
Does wrought iron rust?
Answer: Eventually. However, we painstakingly go through numerous steps in our cleaning and painting process to produce a long lasting maintenance free finish. Our rule of thumb is 5-7 years before re-painting is recommended. The first place you will see rust appear is near the bottom of the posts and the lower horizontal channel. Water, ice and snow will sit at ground level, and the prolonged exposure to moisture will affect the life of the paint. In-ground sprinklers and the salt you throw out at winter time also deteriorates the painted surface. We suggest that you inspect and touchup your iron annually to prolong the life of the finish.
Do you have alternatives so my wrought iron fence or railing does not rust?
Answer: Yes. There are additional operations available, such as hot dip
Do you work in aluminum?
Answer:Yes. Most designs can be fabricated in wrought iron or aluminum, however, custom aluminum fabrication can cost more than wrought iron fabrication and it doesn’t look and feel as sturdy as iron. If you want a maintenance free solution with custom made “solid” material iron fence, railings or gate, then we suggest galvanizing.
Do you do repairs on existing wrought iron fences, iron gates and iron railings?
Answer: Yes. For an accurate estimate of the repair we can either do an on-site inspection or you can email us a picture and description of your repair project.
Does Classic Metal Craft install outside the St. Louis Metro area?
Answer: Classic Metal Craft installs in the St. Louis metropolitan area, including Illinois. Installations of distances over 45 mins from our shop, can be done but extra costs will apply.