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Why you Should Install Wrought Iron Gates in Your Home

on October 13, 2015
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Wrought iron gates in Boston are a classic and elegant addition to your home. They enhance the curb appeal of your property, and can increase the value of your home as well. This material has been used for installations in residential and commercial properties for several centuries, and can give your home a regal appeal that no other gate would be able to accomplish.

At Boston Ironworks, we’re always willing to expound on the merits of these beautiful structures. Here are some very valid reasons why you should install wrought iron gates in Boston.

Deck Safety Inspection Checklist

on October 13, 2015
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Metal decks in Boston are an excellent addition to your home and can increase its value.  A deck is a great place to entertain people or spend time outdoors without letting go of your privacy. However, they can also be risky if they’re not well installed or if they’re neglected. It’s very important to conduct regular inspection of your deck to make sure that it’s secure and is able to bear loads.

At Boston Ironworks, we’ve put together a brief deck safety inspection checklist. If you carefully consider these points, you can be sure that your deck is safe to use.

Railing Inspection Checklist

on October 13, 2015
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Railings are some of the most important safety features on your stairs. Many people don’t realize that the railings prevent several accidents, which can otherwise be fatal. They’re an essential safety precaution that all contractors need to install. However, not all railings are safe. To be considered safe, they need to follow certain guidelines for metal railings in Boston.

The Checks

At Boston Ironworks, we’ve put together a checklist of the essential aspects that your railings need, to pass staircase inspections.

Preparing your Fire Escapes for the Winter

on October 13, 2015
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Most people have external fire escapes in their buildings or homes but rarely consider the value of it until an actual emergency situation happens and they need to use the fire escape for egress. It’s especially important to protect your fire escapes from the harsh winter weather. Metal escapes are very susceptible to cold and moist climates.

At Boston Ironworks, we encourage our clients to carry out thorough fire escape inspections in Boston before the winter sets in. Here’s what you need to do.

Carry Out a Visual Inspection

It’s always recommended that you get a thorough inspection done but if that’s not possible, you need to carry out a visual inspection at the very least. According to the MA Fire Escape Law, all fire escapes older than 5 years need to be inspected and maintained every 5 years.

Railing Specifications - Difference between Handrails and Guardrails

on August 11, 2015
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Most people don’t pay much attention to the handrails or guardrails that line the stairs. When people build stairs, they forget the importance of these elements or consider it safe to forgo them. However, inspectors will tell you that ignoring railings is never a good idea.  At Boston Ironworks, we always encourage our clients to invest in railings, whether they feel like they need it or not. Let’s see the key difference between different types of railings.

The Benefits of Beautiful Spiral Staircases

on August 11, 2015
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Spiral staircases can add beauty and grandeur to your home. The elegant, curving structure can become a centerpiece if it’s properly designed. A number of homes in BostonhaveSpiralStaircases, but there are many people who don’t see the appeal of these structures. At Boston Ironworks, we usually let our clients come to their own conclusions but when they ask us for advice, we’re happy to recommend a spiral staircase in Boston.

Things to Keep in Mind while Building Handicap Ramps

on August 11, 2015
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There’s a need for more handicap ramps in Boston. There are several public buildings and places that are nearly inaccessible for people in wheelchairs. The inconvenience can be painful and a tiring experience to a handicapped person. At Boston Ironworks, we believe that a handicap ramp in Boston needs to be built properly for it to be comfortable. Here are some tips for that.

Fire Escapes – Preservation and Maintenance

on August 11, 2015
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External fire escapes are now an iconic part of architecture in older buildings. Modern structures have them inside; in a fire-rated place where people trying to escape aren’t at risk. However, old fire escapes have their own charm and are sometimes preserved for their historical significance.

Even if you don’t use them, fire escape maintenance is of vital importance. We at Boston Ironworks believe people should regularly inspect their fire escapes to ensure that they’re in good condition. Here are a few ways to do that.

Fire Escapes in the United States

on August 11, 2015
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Fire escapes are a very recognizable part of urban American architecture. You can scarcely see a single historical or older building without them. While modern buildings don’t have traditional external fire escapes anymore, older buildings in most cities, including Boston, have these relics still standing.

Over the years, they’re become an icon of sorts, featured in many movies and books. When a person thinks of a fire escape, they immediately visualize a picture of metal balconies and drop down ladders. But where did their journey begin?

A Little about Custom Made Spiral Staircases

on July 17, 2015
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A spiral staircase can go as high as you want; it consists of a certain number of stairs arranged in a circular fashion around a central point, which is the main support of the staircase as you go higher. Building custom spiral staircases is Boston Ironworks’ specialty.

Types of Spiral Staircases