Our goal and expertise is not to just create an entrance gate that is durable but also stunning. This involves many laborious hours with a lot of intricate details. Through years of business we have created different designs that you can choose from; however, we can assist in designing a custom gate that reflects your personal taste or you can provide your own design. There are many steps in fabricating a custom entrance gate.
Bending steel rail
We will first meet with you for a consultation to plan the design. Once the design is complete, we calculate and order the exact amount of steel that your gate will require. Once the steel has arrived, we precision cut each piece, bending and shaping the steel components according to the design. For designs with silhouette images, we use Auto-Cad to draw the image, which is then cut out of the steel with a special torch.
Buffing weld joints
Once we recheck the dimensions, we carefully begin welding components together. Where the metal meets evenly, we grind and buff the welding joints to make them smooth. We then fabricate heavy steel posts and weld heavy-duty hinges with grease fittings to the gate. Once attached, we sandblast the metal and clean it with special chemicals to remove any dirt or oils from the surface. The clean metal is then powder-coated with a baked-on exterior primer, then powder-coated with a baked-on finish according to the color of your choosing.
With the gate finished, we accurately measure the necessary locations for the posts. We then dig hinge-post holes 4-feet deep and 24-inches square. The posts are then installed and made both level and square to one another. To ensure the gate will never sag, we pour approximately ¾-ton of concrete in each post hole and allow it to cure. With the posts securely in place, we install and adjust the gate. Please Note: Wrought iron drive gates are naturally HEAVY. They require a very strong swing post to support the gate and prevent sag. If you intend to mount a wrought iron gate on a stone or brick pillar you must reinforce the pillar with a steel post, and provide mounting points for the hinges that are connected to that post. We recommend that no less than a 4-5″ square tubing post with a 1/4″ wall thickness be used. Planning for this post prior to building the pillars will help to ensure that it will support your wrought iron gate.