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The Relationship Between Railings and Accessibility

The Relationship Between Railings and Accessibility

Accessibility for the disabled is something that flies under many people’s radar. And, while there are laws in place to ensure publicly accessible buildings meet accessibility standards, there are simply so many people who violate them that it’s a struggle for those laws to be enforced. But, if we take laws out of the equation, what it really comes down to is allowing people with mobility impairments to access your shop or office. One of the most important parts of building accessibility is railings. Let’s take a moment to look at the relationship between railings and accessibility.

Railings and Accessibility

Railings are an incredibly important part of building accessibility. They:

  • Line ramps and ensure wheelchairs and their users don’t end up over the side of a ramp. Tripping up the stairs is one thing when you can walk. When you’re on a set of wheels, going in an unexpected direction is a much higher risk.
  • Provide a grip for people with muscle and/or joint conditions to climb stairs safely.
  • Vastly lower the chance of someone’s fall becoming deadly by guarding the edges of any height that could cause injury.

If you’re not well-versed in accessibility, you may not realize that some railings are more accessible than others. What is it, exactly, that makes a railing accessible or not?

Easy to Grip

The first sign of an accessible railing is one that is easy to grab. For example, stainless steel railings with wide, round bars are a great choice. These railings provide an easy grip for hands that may struggle or be pained by smaller or more squared bars.

Some examples of railings that are less ideal for gripping are glass and iron railings. Both of these choices look fantastic, but are made more for emergency safety and appearance than for grip functionality. The narrow edges of these railings make them uncomfortable to hold and lean on. Glass railings, being made with a glass pane, are not able to be grabbed and held on to unless they are paired with a mounted bar on the inner side.

Placement

The placement of railings has a large impact on their accessibility. If you have accessible railings all throughout your building, but not on the stairs to the door, disaster can strike before people even get inside.

Stairways

As a general rule, all stairways should have railings on both sides. This provides safety, ensuring no one falls and gets injured. These aren’t just accessible railings, they’re also safety railings. Even young, abled people are able to trip up the stairs or be bumped by someone else and end up falling.

However, to add to accessibility, you should also include a railing up the middle of any stairways that are more than 5 feet wide. This allows people with difficulty traversing stairs to hold on to railings at both sides. It also ensures a grip, should the stairway be crowded or high-traffic. Then, even those forced to travel more toward the middle of the stairway will have something to hold on to.

Ramps

If your building doesn’t have any wheelchair accessibility ramps, you absolutely must rethink your building design. The entry should always be accessible for wheelchairs. In addition to ramps, ramp railings are also a must-have. Railings that line wheelchair ramps do two things:

  • They provide a grip for wheelchair users and non-wheelchair users alike. Non-wheelchair users with disabilities may use ramps because they are safer for them than stairs. They need the stability of a railing to grip while walking up the ramp. This is true even for abled people using the ramp.
  • They provide a safety net for anyone traversing the ramp. Just as with stairs, ensuring no one falls from a ramp is important.

Order from Pro Weld

If you’re in the market for accessible railings, Pro Weld is the #1 provider in Toronto. Give us a call if you have questions about what and how to order. We look forward to hearing from you!

Mobile Welding That Comes to You

Mobile Welding That Comes to You

Got metal that needs repair? Mobile welding is the service for you. For vehicles and small machines, bringing it into a shop for repair is easy. However, when you have a damaged machine the size of a house, you have to bring the shop to you. Pro Weld’s mobile welding services are the perfect solution. Our team will bring all the equipment necessary to fix your machine and have it back up and running in no time at all. 

What Do We Weld?

Welding may seem straightforward, but not every welding company specializes in the same things. Not every welding team is created equal, and some don’t come prepared for certain types of metal. We want you to know who you’re hiring when you hire us at Pro Weld. Here’s what we can do:

First, we weld both sheet metal and heavy plate metal. No team can reliably create prototypes or repair heavy machinery without that capability. So, no matter the weight of your metal, we can weld it. 

We also don’t limit ourselves to one type of material. Both hard and soft materials are within our scope. All hard materials are covered for welding and repair. 

We can weld carbon steel, stainless steel, and even aluminum. Don’t limit yourselves on our watch. We’ve got you covered. Additionally, we offer copper, bronze, and brass brazing.

Machine Welding & Repairs

If your business runs on machinery, you know a machine going down is a huge problem. A damaged machine can bring production to a complete standstill in seconds. Staff end up on standby and your production numbers stop immediately, leaving you behind schedule for orders that were put in weeks ago.

Fortunately, Pro Weld’s mobile welding services can come in ASAP and get you back to regular production fast. Falling behind will be a thing of the past when our team is here to help.

Create Prototypes

Our mobile welding team can also create machine prototypes for you. Want to test out a new design? You’ll probably need some professional help to create it. That’s where Pro Weld comes in.

Our team at Pro Weld comes prepared for prototype creation with tig, mig, and arc welding machines. We have a welding vacuum system for clean facilities such as laboratories and medical. We even offer orbital welding.

Precision

Welding may have a reputation for being almost brutish, but that’s nothing more than a stereotype for metalworking. Welding can actually take a lot of precision. That’s why it’s important for you to know that Pro Weld is experienced in close tolerance machining. If you need a precise outcome, you can count on us to deliver.

Give us a call if you need assistance from our mobile welding team. We look forward to hearing from you.

How to Clean Interior Iron Railings

How to Clean Interior Iron Railings

The pandemic has made store and homeowners everywhere a lot more conscious of how they clean – especially regarding things like railings, which are touched by a lot of people. The question is, how do you clean interior iron railings? Will washing them make them rust faster? Is there a wrong way to clean them? Pro Weld – Toronto’s local iron experts – are here to help you figure things out. Let’s talk about how to properly clean interior iron railings to keep you safe and healthy without damaging the railings.

Home Vs. Store Railings

When it comes to the difference between home and store railings, the main one is level of use. Store railings are going to be touched by a lot more people in a day. That makes it even more important to clean store railings than the ones at home. As long as no strangers who might have COVID-19 are touching your indoor railings at home, you can probably ignore them safely.

However, you need to clean interior iron railings in a store space. Too many people who could be carrying COVID-19 are touching your store railings to safely ignore them. So, how do you clean them?

Killing Germs

While people jump to use antibacterial soap, it has no effect against COVID. COVID-19 is a virus, not a bacteria. Both of those things are types of germs, but they’re not the same. The good news is, any old soap – antibacterial or not – will kill COVID-19. The part that makes soap, well, soap, can break down the proteins surrounding the virus and kill it. So, while alcohol in a spray bottle is good for cleaning other kinds of surface, we recommend some good ol’ soap for your railings. Simply fill a bucket with some nice, soapy water and give any regularly touched railings a nice wash down every day.

Preventing Damage

While it’s good to clean interior iron railings in a store setting, washing iron railings repeatedly, and frequently, can damage them. Why is that? Well, water on iron can lead to rust. How do you prevent rust when cleaning your railings regularly? There are two options.

  1. Cover the railings with some kind of plastic. This is less attractive but is a lot less work in the long run. Plus, it’s better for your railings and makes it less likely they’ll get damaged. At the end of each day, you can just sanitize the plastic covering instead of the railings themselves.
  2. You can repeatedly wash your railings and regularly touch up the coating on them. This is a lot of work. Wrought iron railings are painted with a black coating to prevent rust and damage. If you wash them a lot, that coating is going to wear away really quickly. You  may end up need to do touch-ups every week or so, as iron railings aren’t meant to be scrubbed at as often as COVID requires.

Railing Repair Services

If you’ve been washing your railings and noticing the coating has started to wear off or they’ve started to rust, it’s not too late. Give us a call and our team at Pro Weld can bring our railing repair services right to you.

Custom Floating Staircases in Toronto

Custom Floating Staircases in Toronto

Floating staircases come with a lot of perks. First, they’re beautiful. Second, they allow a lot of natural light flow in your home or business. And, finally, they allow visibility without completely blocking off large parts of your building. Let’s dip our toes into some of the style choices in which you can get custom floating staircases in Toronto.

Glass Railings

Custom floating staircases offer a very open appearance. Because we don’t want to take away from that, putting glass railings on your custom floating staircase is a great choice. This provides a safety net for anyone using the stairs without destroying the boost in visibility.

Plus, glass railings and floating staircases are both very contemporary in appearance. They go together well. This is especially true if you opt for a floating staircase with a black, metal frame. If your glass railings also have a metal frame, the two will compliment each other.

Industrial Steps

For interiores with an industrial aesthetic, or for actual industrial buildings, industrial steps are a huge plus. These steps are grated and metal. They offer a lot of extra traction and won’t allow a buildup of sediment or water. That means no risk of slipping on wet stairs, no scratching a nice set of wooden steps with the gravel stuck in your work boots, and no need to fuss with cleaning. If you’re looking for something grungy or practical, these are for you.

Modern Wood

On the other hand, if fancy and wooden is what you’re looking for, wooden steps are exactly what you need. Take a look at our custom floating staircases and see how modern wooden steps combine elegantly with black iron framework. The rich tones of the wood combines with the stark black of iron mix wonderfully. There’s nothing quite so eye-catching.

This type of design is great in a modern home or coffee shop with a loft. This contrast between strength and beauty is sure to draw in people with all manner of aesthetics. It’s something you can’t say no to.

Contemporary Metal

If you want something metal that’s a bit more on the aesthetic side, rather than industrial, go for contemporary metal steps. We offer custom floating staircases with metal framework and metal steps. For non-industrial, metal steps, you can get all kinds of styles. Something that looks flat and solid, or a design that’s more elegant bold.

Give us a call at Pro Weld and ask us about our custom floating staircases in Toronto. We can take some time to discuss the possibilities. Bounce your ideas off of us. We love doing custom metalwork and look forward to making something new, just for you.

Protect Your Property with a Metal Gate

Protect Your Property with a Metal Gate

There are a lot of things to like about having a metal gate and fence for your property. The addition of privacy, safety, and security can save you money, worry, and more. That’s why you should protect your property with a metal gate and fence. Pro Weld provides the highest quality metal gate and fence combos in Toronto. Here are some of the benefits.

Privacy in Your Home

When you protect your property with a metal gate and fence, your property becomes off-limits to those who might wander through it. Cutting through your yard just got a lot harder. While someone walking on your lawn may not be a big deal to you, approaching your home means seeing things you may deem private.

For example, if you have a large property, you may undress in front of open windows without thinking much of it. If no one is in your yard, they’re not in the right place to see. However, if someone is walking through your yard – or worse, intentionally spying, your perceived privacy disappears. When access to your yard is cut off to outsiders, you don’t have to worry about your privacy being stripped away.

A Safer Yard for Kids

Want to improve yard safety for your kids? Protect your property with metal fencing. Having a large yard means giving your kids a lot of space to play and roam free. However, if they’re young enough to not understand the danger the outside world poses, they may ander off. Putting a clear barrier around the yard means you can let your kids play outside without worrying they’ll end up blocks away.

Plus, we can’t forget stranger danger. While most random people are harmless, it’s not unheard of for children to get abducted from their yards. This risk is higher if your yard is large and not all visible from the kitchen window. Putting up a fence makes it impossible to just swoop in and grab a child playing on the lawn.

Restricted Pool Access

If you have a pool in a suburban area with teenagers, there’s a good chance they’ve used it, whether you know it or not. Even if you haven’t caught strangers using your pool, it’s probably happened. When you go away on vacation, your pool becomes unsupervised. With no adults to come out and yell at them, local teenagers who don’t have a pool at their own house are quick to take action.

While they may not be vandalizing anything or damaging the pool, there are other risks posed. If some teenager gets injured using your pool, you could end up liable for not having your pool blocked off.

Security and liability are both important and risky. Therefore, you should protect your property with a metal gate and fence to prevent unauthorized pool use.

Higher Security

And, finally, we can’t ignore the huge boost in security. After all, if there’s a whole street of houses and a burglar wants to case one of them, they’re not going to choose the one with a big fence around it. The added obstacle of a fence and gate, especially a tall one (perhaps with spikes at the top), is not attractive to a thief. They want to get in and out as fast as possible. That makes a fence one of the best security measures you can invest in. Even security cameras can be safely ignored if someone disguises themself well enough. A disguise won’t do anything to assist in fence-hopping.

Replace Broken Aluminum Railing Parts

Replace Broken Aluminum Railing Parts

Aluminum Railings are a fantastic choice for many businesses or even homes. However, aluminum isn’t the strongest metal you can choose. It may break or get damaged faster than something like steel. The benefit it has, however, is that it’s much simpler to replace broken aluminum railing parts than steel or iron. Innovative Aluminum railings are made of prefabricated pieces, so replacing them is easy as pie. Here’s how Pro Weld can help.

Find the Right Part

The first step to replace broken aluminum railing parts is finding the right part to buy online. If you can’t find the right part, or are unsure if you’ve found the right part, give us a call. We know our way around railings of all kinds, including Innovative Aluminum. We can help you find the right part and can even assist you in making your order. 

Order a Replacement

When you’ve found the part you need, simply put in your order and wait for it to arrive. It’s really that easy! When your part arrives, if you’re familiar with railing construction, you may be able to replace the part yourself. However, if you’re not familiar with railing construction, or just have better things to do, we can help.

Get Installation Assistance

One of the things we’re best at, here at Pro Weld, is installing railings. If you get your part and need some installation assistance, we can help. Let us know you need some help with installation and we’ll schedule a time to visit your home or business.

Replace Old Railings Completely

If your railings are getting old or have taken a lot of wear and tear, it might be time to replace them completely. Instead of opting to replace broken aluminum railing parts, you might opt for new railings altogether.

If you enjoyed having aluminum railings, you can go for a completely new set in aluminum. This will give you a chance to get rid of parts that are worn down but not broken. You can also choose aluminum railings of a slightly different style. 

Sometimes a business or homeowner inherits railings from the previous property owner. Even if the railings still work, you may not be a fan. Therefore, if you would rather just replace your railings with something entirely new, you’ve come to the right place. Here at Pro Weld, we specialize in railing craftsmanship.

We offer railings of the following types:

  • Wrought Iron Railings
    Our wrought iron railings bring back a classic railing style. These look great as accents in large houses. 
  • Stainless Steel Railings
    Stainless steel railings are the straightforward and effective choice for countless businesses. They come in many styles suitable for lining stairways, lofts, and more.
  • Glass Railings
    Glass railings are the most modern choice in our repertoire. These are stunning choices for surrounding pools and lining lofts and stairways without hindering visibility.

No matter what railing style suits you, we can provide. Give us a call to schedule a consultation today.

Replace Broken Pool Railings in Toronto

Replace Broken Pool Railings in Toronto

If you live in the Toronto area and need to replace broken pool railings, there’s only one place to call. Pro Weld offers the highest quality and most affordable railings in the Toronto area. Here’s how we can help you with replacing your pool railings.

Safety First

It’s important to replace broken pool railings as soon as possible for safety reasons. Pool railings are an important safety feature, especially in neighborhoods or households that have children present. If you have small children, ensuring they can’t access the pool without an adult present is vital. If you don’t have a fence around your property, you also need to replace broken pool railings to protect neighboring children. While older kids know better than to mess with the neighbor’s pool, a toddler from next door doesn’t. So, let’s get your pool railings back up and in working order.

Convenience and Beauty

Pool railings aren’t just for security, they offer convenience in an attractive package. When you want to spend a warm day outdoors, pool railings have your back. Whether you have kids that want to swim while you read, or friends who are more interested in the pool than the cocktails, glass pool railings are your best friend. Glass pool railings provide a solid barrier between the patio and the pool. So, whether you’re reading, watching, or chatting with others, none of the splashing nearby will interrupt you.

Security

While glass pool railings are beautiful and block out water, there’s more to pool railings than aesthetic and convenience. There’s also the matter of security. Right alongside safety, security concerns are one of the leading reasons you should replace broken pool railings ASAP.

Avoiding someone getting hurt is, of course, our first priority. However, we can’t ignore that no one wants someone else tampering with their pool. While small children are a safety hazard, adults and teens aren’t immune to the allure of the neighbor’s pool. It’s not uncommon for people to sneak into the neighbor’s backyard and take a dip when they’re not home.

Want to keep people from borrowing your pool while you’re not around? Putting up pool railings will make your pool less attractive. Even if metal railings won’t have the barrier effect of glass, they will make it harder for strangers to access your pool. Anyone looking for a late night dip with friends will likely look elsewhere if scaling a metal fence stands between them and your pool.

Copy Previous Designs

When you replace broken pool railings in Toronto with Pro Weld, you don’t have to opt for a new design. If you really liked the design of your broken pool railings, we can copy the design and replace the broken part without redoing the railings entirely. Simply get us a photo and measurements of the intact part of the railings and we can do the rest. Give us a call if you want a quote or have questions about what we can do for you.

Railings That Meet Ontario Railing Code

Railings That Meet Ontario Railing Code

Having quality railings installed that meet Ontario railing code requirements means trusting professionals who know their stuff. Being able to craft a beautiful railing is only a valuable skill if you can do so while meeting railing height code requirements. Pro Weld has been crafting attractive railings that meet Ontario’s railing code for over 15 years. Here are some of the rules you should know to look out for.

Hand Railings

Hand railings are, specifically, the railings along stairways that are held to keep from tripping. These railings have their own Ontario railing code that’s separate from guard railings.

What Is the Stair Railing Height Code in Ontario?

One of the most important railing codes to get right is the stair railing height code. For stair railings in Ontario, you’ll gauge the height by measuring from the handrail to a straight line drawn tangent to the tread nosings of the stairs. This height should measure 34-38”.

No Railing Needed

In some instances, a railing isn’t needed. Namely, if a set of stairs is serving an individual dwelling, few enough steps don’t pose adequate risk. Indoors, if there are 2 or fewer steps, or outdoors if there are 3 or fewer. Or, if a ramp is installed and is not more than 15.7”, a railing is not required.

Guard Railings

Guard railings, unlike hand railings, are those that rest on the edge of flat surfaces such as decks, patios, lofts, and porches.

What Is the Deck Railing Height in Ontario

Need to know if your deck railing height meets the Ontario railing code? To start, you’ll want to measure the elevation of your deck. If the deck surface is less than 24” higher than the ground surrounding it, you may not need a guard rail. However, if the ground nearby slopes downward, or the height of the deck is more than 24” higher than the surrounding ground, a railing is required. All required deck guard railings in a single dwelling unit must be at least 36” high.

What Are the Glass Railing Height Requirements for Ontario?

If you plan to put glass railings into your home or along your deck, you may be wondering about glass railing height requirements. Actually, glass railing height requirements are no different from other railing height requirements in Ontario. The only special rule about glass railings is what kind of glass they’re made of. Standard glass wouldn’t withstand the weight of someone falling against it. Therefore, glass railings must be made of tempered, laminated, or wired safety glass.

What Are the Baluster Spacing Requirements for Ontario?

Finally, we can’t forget baluster spacing requirements. Ontario railing code dictates that balusters must be no more than 4” apart. By using a baluster spacing calculator (or your own calculator and some basic math skills), you can determine exactly how many balusters you need and how far apart to make them so that your balusters are evenly spaced. This will make your railings look cohesive and beautiful. Or, you can leave the work to us at Pro Weld. We can make you a set of beautiful railings that are up to all parts of Ontario railing code. If you have questions or would like to get started on your order, call us today. We look forward to working with you.

Gothic Wrought Iron Designs You’ll Love

Gothic Wrought Iron Designs You'll Love

While gothic design isn’t for everyone, those who enjoy it tend to be a bit dedicated. If you want to bring gothic design to your home, Pro Weld is about to be a vital component in that endeavor. Here’s why:

Gothic Architecture

Gothic architecture rose to prominence in late medieval France. When you think of goth, you may simply think of someone wearing all black. However, gothic architecture started more on the white end of things, with ivory.

When ivory was brought to France, people would carve intricate designs and images into it. This, naturally, expanded into decorating buildings, extensively, with ivory carvings. Following that came the ornate use of wrought iron. While modern day gothic architecture is a bit darker than its original form, having evolved with the advent of goth music and fashion, many of the original features remain. The most prominent of those features is ornate, wrought iron designs. You’re on your own finding a substitute for ivory carvings, but Pro Weld is your one-stop shop for all things wrought iron.

Wrought Iron Features

While there are a variety of gothic, wrought iron designs we can create from our own repertoire, we can also take commissions for custom designs. If any of the following items are things you want to try your hand at designing, we can help you polish the design and make it happen.

Railings

Our specialty, here at Pro Weld, is the famous, wrought iron railing. Detailed, wrought iron railings to line loft spaces, stairways, and balconies are a must for gothic homes. Maybe you prefer a more modern interpretation of gothic architecture, with simplistic, vertical bars. We can do that too. However, if your heart sings for the original excess of gothic, iron artistry, we’re here to help. Gothic railings may have many winding branches, leaves, thorns, and more.

Fence and Gate

Modern and historical gothic design extends the same way to fences and gates. We can make things detailed, or we can tone it down with a towering, pointy-looking fence. Want your home to have the same ease of approach as the one in The Addams Family? We’re on it. Not only does a fence around the property look amazing, it will also improve your privacy, prevent solicitors from stopping by, and up the security.

Ornaments

There’s a lot more to do with wrought iron designs than just railings and fences. One of the classic uses of wrought iron in gothic architecture is to make doorknockers. If you want a gothic home, a doorknocker is the cherry on top. Something black, heavy, and somewhat intimidating will tie everything together. Plus, how cool would it be to answer the door to a loud, echoing knock instead of a modern doorbell?

Additionally, wrought iron can be put to use making chandeliers, door surface ornaments, doorknobs, and more. If you can tell us what you’re looking for, we can make it a reality.

Metal Staircases for a Modern Home Interior

Metal Staircases for a Modern Home Interior

Modern homes need modern design solutions, and that’s why metal staircases are a wonderful choice. Pro Weld’s metal staircases come in a wide array of different styles, perfect for any modern home interior. Check out these designs and perks to using metal staircases for your home.

Facilitate Visibility

Across the board, Pro Weld’s metal staircases create wonderful visibility, no matter where they’re installed. That’s because these are what we call floating staircases. While cement and wooden staircases are made of a boxy, closed-off frame, these ones are not. Floating metal staircases have an open-style, metal frame. The steps are metal or wooden panels attached to that open frame. This leaves the space below each step wide open. Those openings between each step make a room feel bigger and less walled off. Plus, those gaps also improve light flow, meaning a lighter, happier house.

Stylish Glass Railings

If you’re looking for a style that’s going to flatter a modern, contemporary, or industrial interior design, add glass. You’ll be interested in our metal staircases that have glass railings on them. These glass railings give a masculine, metal staircase design a touch of femininity. The strength and beauty complement each other nicely and make for a beautiful addition to any modern home interior.

Spine Design

If you want something with character and style, the spine design staircases are for you. Instead of a framework that follows the sides of the steps, this design has a central support instead. This support runs up the back, middle of the steps, which is where it gets its name. This support makes your stairway look similar to a spine.

Not only is this gorgeous, minimalist design great for visibility, it’s also easy to customize. You can choose any style of steps you want. You can opt for wood, metal, or even grated steps. These all have their own benefits.

Safe, Outdoor Styles

Stairs aren’t always about visuals. They’re also important for functionality. If you’re installing this staircase outside, you may want something a bit safer. Completely metal staircases with safety railings and grated steps are perfect for outdoors. Any dirt on your shoes will simply fall through the gaps in the steps instead of piling up to make a dirty stairway. The same goes for water. Because of that, grated steps will provide the non-slip support you need and prevent water pooling on the stairway. Good traction on outdoor stairways can save lives.

Sturdy Metal Railings

While glass railings look great in some settings, others just don’t need them. Glass is a statement piece, but iron is made to last and needs little upkeep. If you need railings that are more practical than beautiful, a metal staircase with railings to match is just what you need.

These are great for outdoors or indoors. Whether you plan to put them into a hidden, back stairwell, or front and center, they won’t disappoint. 

Get Exactly What You Need

Regardless of what style of metal staircase you need, Pro Weld will have something that suits you. Check out our gallery and see if any of our favorite staircases catch your eye. If we don’t have what you need, we might just be able to change that. Give us a call and tell us what we’re missing so that we can give you exactly the metal staircase you want for your modern home interior.

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