Wrought Iron Railings for a Gated Estate

Wrought Iron Railings for a Gated Estate

If you live on a large estate, you may be in the market for some railings. For anyone who needs wrought iron railings for a gated estate in Toronto, Pro Weld is the place to go. If you have a gated estate and haven’t considered gates before, you might want to take a look at the benefits. Here are some of the great things about gates and why you should order yours from Pro Weld.

Maintain Privacy

The first benefit to putting up a fence around your estate is that you can maintain your privacy better. Large estates have the potential for a lot of privacy, but not if someone is cutting through your yard. It’s not uncommon for people’s estates to be walked across like a public park. While this doesn’t necessarily lead to property damage, it does cut down on privacy. Whoever is walking through your property can see easily into your home – things they couldn’t from the road.

If you have your estate fenced in, you can leave your curtains open throughout the day without worrying about people seeing in. This is one of the reigning benefits of having a large property. Let yourself take advantage of it.

Avoid Solicitation

Random passersby are a pain as it is. When people show up at your doorstep to sell you things or convert you to their religion, that’s a whole new level. No one likes solicitors. If you’re tired of people knocking on your door for their own benefit, keep them out with wrought iron railings for a gated estate. Then, you don’t have to worry about unexpected visitors. 

Raise Security

Solicitors and trespassers are inconvenient, but the lesser evils. Sometimes, people come onto a property with less acceptable intentions. Owning a large estate means having a lot of money. And what does a lot of money mean? You’re a natural target for theft. If someone is going to risk breaking into a house, they’ll often go for the biggest houses in the area.

Nothing beats a good security system but, what’s even better is when people don’t even make it to your house. After all, you can usually get a broken window covered by insurance, but who wants to deal with calling? Feel safe in your home and avoid the hassle of dealing with repairs by keeping people away from your home to begin with.

Look Classy

Not only are gates functional, they also look fantastic. Wrought iron railings for a gated estate can look like anything from straight, vertical bars, to art nouveau. Choose what suits you and surround the entire estate with it. Anyone who drives by will see a touch of your class just from seeing the gates between the two of you.

Buy Something Personal

You can even personalize your railings. You can come up with a custom railing design or even add surname lettering to the gates. No matter what you want from the gates to your estate, you can count on Pro Weld to provide it. Give us a call to set up a consultation. We look forward to helping you fulfill all of your railing needs.

One-of-a-Kind Railings You Can’t Get Anywhere Else

One-of-a-Kind Railings You Can't Get Anywhere Else

Tired of all the cookie-cutter products on the market? Who wants to have the exact same things in their home as half the people in the neighborhood? If you have a love for the unique, railings probably aren’t your favorite part of interior design. Most houses tend to have basic, wooden railings with vertical slats. Not your thing? Then we have good news for you. Pro Weld is the best place in Toronto for buying one-of-a-kind railings. 

Choose Your Material

The first choice you get to make is what material your railings are made of. Don’t settle for basic, wooden railings when you could choose from steel, iron, glass, or aluminum. Whichever material fits your home’s interior or exterior design the best is yours. Choose different materials for interior and exterior if you want

For sleek, contemporary interiors, glass or steel railings might be the ideal fit. The silvery sheen of steel looks great against dark or saturated, medium-tone woods. Glass railings look fantastic if you have a lot of black interior elements or go for a contemporary look overall.

One-of-a-Kind Railings

If you want something truly unique, however, you may want to take a look at Pro Weld’s iron railings. These railings are excellent for outdoor use. Balconies, stairways, and gardens look fantastic when bordered by these. Our iron railings can be made from a cast or can be wrought into whatever shape you desire. That’s what makes them so terrific for unique designs.

If you have a design in mind, bring your design to a consultation with us and we can talk about making it a reality. No matter what kind of design you’re looking for your iron railing to have, we can do it. Bending iron to the will of our clients is our specialty. What’s better than standard, attractive railings? Attractive railings that have been made to fit your needs exactly.

Estate Railings

If you live in a large estate, one of the best services we can offer you is making iron fencing and gates to surround the property. Wrought iron fences are a very effective way of keeping people off private property. Plus, you can see through the bars and enjoy the view from either side.

Wrought iron gates are a very attractive and prestigious way to welcome people. The gates themselves are often a huge focal point to a property. If you want unique, wrought iron gates, Pro Weld is team for you.

Consider having your family crest or the first letter of your surname built into your gates. We can easily incorporate a letter into the design for your gates. Then, any guest attempting to enter your estate will be welcomed onto a well-labeled driveway. No one will be mistaken about whose property they’ve entered.

If you want gates or railings made especially to fit your home, give us a call. Our team at Pro Weld is looking forward to hearing from you and making you exactly what you need. 

Hire Pro Weld to Restore Antique Metal Railings

Hire Pro Weld to Restore Antique Metal Railings

Living in an old house comes with a lot of upsides and downsides. One of the upsides is that you get to live with a lot of historical features. The downside is, sometimes those historical features haven’t been maintained very well. A common feature in older houses is beautiful wrought or cast iron metal railings. With as common as these are, it’s not very common that they’re kept in good shape. If you want to bring aging railings to life, Pro Weld can help. Here’s why you should give us a call if you want to restore antique metal railings. 

Antique Railings

To restore antique metal railings, you should first know a little bit about them. Knowing the history of iron-working is a really important part of ensuring older railings are restored properly. That’s why you can’t hire just anyone. Our team here at Pro Weld knows what it takes to revitalize antique railings and we want to use that expertise to help you out with yours.

Metalworking

One of the most important things about restoring old railings is knowing the metalworking process. Because Pro Weld specializes in crafting cast and wrought iron railings we’re well-versed in the creative process. Using that knowledge to improve degraded railings ensures that the outcome of the restoration process is a good one. Don’t settle for shoddy work by antique enthusiasts who don’t know their stuff. Come to the specialists and get what you pay for. 

Good as New

When you have your antique railings restored, putting them back up again can feel like getting a glimpse into the past. It can be mind-blowing to see something so old looking good as new. The experience of standing on a balcony with restored, antique railings can be a stark reminder that the past was once as real to people as the present is to us. People get so used to seeing old things in disrepair that they forget that everything was new at one point. Bring the past back to life with a little help from the railing professionals of Toronto. 

Replicas

If you’re concerned that your antique railings might be in too much disrepair to restore, have us take a look. We do our best to restore antique railings but, sometimes, previous owners have neglected them too long.

In these instances, we can recreate historical railings. If you want to keep your home looking the way it always has, paying homage to the history of the building, replicating the existing pieces is a great way to do that.

Pro Weld has many years of experience in creating iron railings from original designs. Replicating existing railings is a breeze. Give us a call if you have antique railings that need to be repaired or replaced, and we can take a look. We look forward to assisting you in the restoration of your home.

Customize Your Railing Design with Innovative Aluminum

glass railing in Toronto home

Are you looking for a railing system that looks great, is easy to install, and can be installed however you like? Innovative Aluminum is exactly what you need. Not sure what Innovative Aluminum is all about? Pro Weld is here today to tell you exactly what it is and why it’s the perfect solution to your railing needs.

What is Innovative Aluminum?

Innovative Aluminum is a truly fantastic product. It’s a component-based railing system that allows customers to install a railing however they want. You can choose how you want your railings to look, whether you want glass or picket, where you want them to go, and how you want them mounted. You can do all of this with high quality components. Plus, all Innovative Aluminum comes with a 20-year warranty. You know we sell quality when we’re happy to guarantee its longevity. 

Unique Design

On of the most incredible things about Innovative Aluminum is that you can make your railing system completely unique. Pick exactly which features in a railing system that you like together and place them how you want to. No one will have the exact kind of railing system you have if you don’t want them to. You can feel free to try something completely new, that you’ve never seen before. Our component-based assembly allows the utmost individuality with railing systems.

Attuned to Your Property

It can be hard to find railings that look just right for your property. If one railing system looks how you want, it may be limited in how it can be mounted. If one is the right design, it might not be made of the material you’re after.

Innovative Aluminum allows you to find a design that looks right for your home and property. Don’t settle for railings you aren’t passionate about. Get what’s right for you and feel good about how your home looks.

Contemporary Appeal

While many people have exactly the railing design that they want in mind, others are looking for something that fits an aesthetic. If you’re trying to find a railing system that belongs with a contemporary style, you’ll be more than happy with the results you get from Innovative Aluminum. Our railings look fantastic with contemporary houses.

This is especially true for our topless glass railings. Using our infinity topless railing system, you can achieve million dollar views for an affordable price. Don’t sacrifice your view by covering it in metal bars; take advantage of glass railings without sacrificing sturdiness and quality.

Easy to Fix

Because Innovative Aluminum is made up of components, damage to your railings can be easily fixed. Warranties make repairs affordable, but railings that are connected more solidly will require a lot of work to repair. Our products are easy to repair with new components, making fixing your railing a breeze.

If you’re looking for the perfect railing system for your home, it’s time to consider Innovative Aluminum. If you have questions about how you can order individual components or an entire railing system, give us a call and we’ll help you make your new railing system a reality.

The Best Railings for Rooftop Terraces

The Best Railings for Rooftop Terraces

If you’ve got a house with a rooftop terrace, you surely want to outfit it with things that will allow you to enjoy it to the fullest. One thing that can easily ruin the experience of a rooftop terrace is a badly chosen railing. Check out how Pro Weld can make your rooftop terrace the place to be!

What’s the View?

The first thing you need to take into consideration when picking a railing for a rooftop terrace is what kind of view you’re dealing with. Surprisingly, the view from your roof has a huge impact on the best railing choice.

  • A city view or something coastal does best with better visibility. You can achieve the maximum visibility with a glass railing. This type of railing makes use of glass panels. You can get these with metal framework or without. The glass allows you to see your surroundings even while lounging. No need to let metal bars get in the way of you enjoying your surroundings. 
  • A nature view, especially when living somewhere with a lot of trees, needs less visibility. Your railing won’t be covering anything you couldn’t see above the bars anyway. Not to mention, getting glass railings for an area filled with trees could pose a problem. That’s because this could lead to leaves sticking to the glass and the glass railings are more likely to get dirty and need regular cleaning. Iron railings will look fantastic in this environment, however. The dark of the iron railings will fit in well with the rich and earthy tones of nature.

Picking Glass

If you decide to opt for a glass railing, you should know what your options are. Not all glass railings are created equal. Here are some different types:

  • There are full-framed glass railings. These railings are made up of a full metal frame with glass panels fitted into each section. These are great for areas with a lot of traffic like stairways, but may not be suitable for a terrace. It’s also a matter of visual preference.
  • Some glass railings have metal dividing posts. These posts are where the glass panels are secured. While these involved more metal, these actually involve less separate anchors than a frameless railing.
  • Frameless glass railings are secured with anchoring points. These usually have small pieces of metal holding each glass panel together at the top and some kind of anchoring point at the base. While these minimize the bulk of the metal used, they also aren’t necessarily as sleek looking as glass railings with the dividing posts.

Picking Metal

Metal railings come in all kinds of designs. Plus, you can choose which kind of metal suits you. We’ve got our black wrought and cast-iron as well as stainless steel. Check out our gallery to see the variety we have. You won’t be disappointed.

Give us a call at Pro Weld if you have questions about our products or would like to discuss a potential order.

The Best Material for Outdoor Railings

The Best Material for Outdoor Railings

Putting up railings outdoors comes with a great number of considerations. What’s safest? What looks good with with the exterior design of the building? What will stand up to the local weather? Pro Weld, the railing experts, are here to cover the basics of outdoor railings. We know a thing or two about how each railing material stands up to the weather. Let’s take a look.

Avoid Wood

Wooden railings are surprisingly common outdoors. That’s mostly just because wood is such an affordable material. A little paint makes a cheap product last a few years outdoors. The problem with wooden railings is that they won’t last. Rain, snow, and frequent wear and tear from use will make wooden railings deteriorate. The paint will start to curl and chip, leaving the wood beneath vulnerable to the elements. The elements won’t be kind.

The other thing about wooden railings is that each slat or dowel between the top and bottom of the railing is usually only secured with a nail or screw on either end. It’s so incredibly easy for these nails to come loose, leaving a big gap where a railing used to be. Taking the safety risks and the overall quality drop that wooden railings give to your home, it’s best to avoid them.

Consider Aesthetic

Now that we’ve moved away from wood, it’s time to consider how the material of your railings will affect your exterior. There is something to be said for exterior aesthetic. After all, the way your home looks from the outside is the first thing visitors, neighbors, and buyers will see. That’s why curb appeal is so important.

For red brick homes, wrought iron railings look truly amazing. The black iron really stands out boldly against the backdrop of red. It’s also a classic combination. Buyers and admirers alike will love this timeless color palette.

More modern-looking homes made out of lighter stone may look good with glass or stainless steel railings. It depends on the kind of vibe your exterior gives off. Are you looking for something gentle and beautiful, or something sleek and bold? Take a trip outside your house and imagine the different railing types before picking based on guesswork. Try looking up pictures of other homes with a similar design to yours and see what you think looks best on those.

Weather Resistance

When it comes down to outlasting the weather, Pro Weld offers a number of great railing solutions. Wrought iron and cast iron both do incredibly well against both rain and snow. You’ll find that both types of damp weather won’t do much in the way of wear on your iron railings.

However, if you’re looking at using stainless steel, it’s worth considering the effect of snow. The colder times of the year can lead to smooth, steel railings becoming sticky with cold. Like the timeless tale of licking a metal pole in winter, touching your skin to a cold, steel railing can lead to some discomfort. It’s all a matter of who’s using the railings and where they’re located.

No matter what choice you’re leaning towards, we’re always happy to get a call. Give us a call and we’ll take the time to answer all of your questions. We’re looking forward to helping you through your order and serving your home the way we do best.

Make Your Two-Story Home Family Friendly

Are you planning on getting a second-story home expansion? Maybe you’re designing a two-story custom home. No matter the case, if you’re making changes to a home that involve a second floor, you’re going to need railings. Check out how Pro Weld can assist in making your home family friendly.

Railing Types

Any simple railing can be made of wood. The thing about wooden railings is that they’re prone to breaking after a little while. This is especially true in houses with children. Kids falling against railings or trying to shove toys through the gaps can lead to broken railings. This not only poses a falling hazard, it makes it possible for your children to get injured on the broken wood.

Pro Weld offers a better alternative; buy metal railings. Buying metal railings means your railings will withstand more wear and tear than simple wooden ones. Not to mention, the railings can’t just break off when the wood gives out or a nail comes loose. Metal railings, whether they’re stainless steel or wrought iron, are welded together. A rambunctious child alone cannot damage that.

Luxury Railings

If you’re the kind of family that puts a lot of time and money into your home interior, you’ll love our wrought iron  and cast iron railings. Pro Weld’s iron railings can be made into exquisite designs, able to stand up to some of the toughest scrutiny. These railings look gorgeous inside more refined homes, making them safer and more beautiful.

From straight bars to swirling designs, you can get whatever your heart desires. We have iron railings for any kind of interior style. If you’re looking for something more sleek, take a peek at our stainless steel or glass railings instead. We really do have something for everyone.

Balcony Railings

With a second-story addition or a new two-story home build, there’s a good chance there will be balconies. Where there are balconies, there must be railings. Fortunately, Pro Weld has a number of different railing types that are great for outdoor use. 

Our iron railings are especially nice with brick exteriors. The black really stands out against the red or grey stone. If you like a luxurious touch to your home exterior, iron is the way to go. Order your favorite design and watch your home go up in resale value as your balconies are fixed with quality railings. 

Rooftops

Many homes have rooftop terraces. These terraces could also do with some better protection. Don’t settle for wooden railings when you could have metal or glass. Pro Weld specifically recommends glass railings for rooftop terraces. They make it easy to maintain your view from the roof, not obscuring the surroundings. Plus, the solid panels ensure kids and objects can’t fit through any spaces between rails.

If you have questions about the railings we have to offer here at Pro Weld, give us a call and we’ll be happy to help. 

5 Tips for Taking Care of Outdoor Wood Railings

If you have a deck, chances are you have railings around it. If not, it may be time to invest in installing some.

Railings serve as an essential purpose for the safety of those who use the deck. Since they are outdoors, it’s important that you continue to take care of them to maintain their structural integrity.

Keep your outdoor railings in top shape by using the following five tips.

Know the Type of Wood

Before doing anything, you need to know the kind of wood used to make the railings. What you do to clean one type wouldn’t necessarily work for another kind. Knowing the type of wood allows you to pick cleaning products that are meant to protect and seal that specific type.

Use Non-Harsh Cleaners

Certain cleaners are too strong to use on wood as they can strip the finish. With your railings, you want them looking like new for as long as possible. Try and stay away from detergent cleaners and go for non-detergent ones.

For a more heavy-duty clean that will protect the wood, look for cleaners that are meant for outdoor wood, and even better if you can find products that won’t harm the environment. If you can’t find any, non-detergent dish soap works fine. Water and white vinegar is a good combination for tough stains.

Apply an Oil or Sealant

To keep the wood shiny and looking like new, apply a sealant or protective coating to the railings. This step is what helps protect the wood from the harsh elements, especially when winter rolls around.

When applying a sealant, rub with the grain and ensure that you get into all the crevices in the wood as well. Allow the product to soak into the wood before wiping any excess product off with a clean rag.

Inspect for Wood

You should regularly inspect the railings to see if any nails are sticking out, slivers to remove, or if there are any broken pieces. For any nails sticking out, you should immediately drive them back in to prevent any snagging.

If any parts of the railing are damaged, it could put the whole railing in jeopardy of falling apart, and that is not something you want to find out if someone is leaning against it.

Stain the Railings

Even a good stain will fade after a while as it sits outside. Between the sun, rain, cold, and snow, at some point, you’ll need to restain the railings. To keep the railing looking like new, adding a fresh stain every five years is a good guideline to follow. When that time comes, stain the railings as you stain the deck to maintain the same colour and look.

Get the most out of your railing by taking care of it and having a maintenance routine. Even as simple as cleaning the railings regularly will help maintain the health of the wood so that you’re left with a strong and healthy railing.

Is Your Fence in Need of Repairs? 4 Warning Signs to Watch For

If you look around your neighbourhood, chances are the majority of fences you see are made from wood. That is because wood is an excellent resource for building fences. It is quite often affordable, easy to work with, and very reliable.

With most things that are outside, after a while, they will need repairing and even replacing. Fences are no exception. Even if you have a brick or aluminum fence, at some point you’ll need to fix it.

Since wood fences are the more popular option, we’re going to look at four warning signs that say you need to repair your wooden fence.

Rotting

Rotting is a common indicator that your fence is on its last life, or at least that particular board. If you notice rotting spots on your fence, it’s something you want to address right away. Over time, that rot can cause your fence to warp and damage the structural integrity. As the rot deteriorates the fence, it also loses the look you were initially going for.

If you find only a few boards that have rot, you likely can get away with repairing only those boards. However, if the rot spreads, it probably has weakened the fence to the point of replacing the whole thing.

Insect Damage

Can you spot tiny holes in your fence? That could be a sign of insect damage. Many insects will burrow and eat away at wood, and if left untreated, can cause significant damage to your fence. As with rotting, inspect the whole fence to see where all the infested spots are. If it’s spread too far, you’ll likely have to replace the fence instead of repairing it.

For insect damage, you may want to further investigate as to where the infestation is coming from. You wouldn’t want to replace only to have the bugs return.

Splintered Boards

Splintering is another good indicator that it’s time to repair your fence. The problematic thing with splintering boards is that it can be difficult to determine if you need to simply repair certain boards, or if the whole structure is weakened.

If the fence is still standing upright even though there are splintered boards, you likely can get away with repairing only what is needed.

Sagging

If you notice that your fence isn’t standing up straight anymore, maybe it’s starting to warp or has a lean to it, that is a sure sign that your fence requires your attention. Sagging can come from the weather or from age.

The important thing to remember with a sagging fence is to determine what is causing it to sag. If the boards are rotting and making the fence sag, the structural integrity of the fence could be damaged, making the fence quite dangerous.

After building a fence, it’s essential that you spend time taking care of it. Fences provide privacy around the property. However, if you notice one of these signs and don’t act on repairing your fence, it soon becomes dangerous. A falling fence could seriously harm someone.

If you’re unsure whether or not to replace or repair your fence, call a professional contractor to help come up with a plan for you.

6 Features in Your Home Not to Forget About

Do you ever walk through your home and think of a few things you wish you did differently? Maybe you bought an existing house and felt a different layout would be better, or you wish you would have picked a different colour for the living room?

There ends up being at least one feature in our houses that we wish we could easily change. If you’re in the process of renovating or building a new house, we have six features in your home not to forget about.

Number of Outlets

Outlets seem like such a small thing in the grand scheme of the house that we tend to forget about them. The thing is though, forgetting about the outlets will lead to frustration down the road.

When installing outlets, put them in spots that you know you’ll use them. Have one on either side of where you plan to put your bed. Have multiple outlets in different locations in the living room. Don’t forget about outlets in the garage and outside your house too.

Indoor and Outdoor Railings

Railings are another thing that can be an afterthought, but shouldn’t be. Having a boring railing on a unique and exciting staircase will only bring down the effect it has. The colour and style of the railings can help finish off a room and give the staircase the pop it needs.

Storage Space

It’s not that we forget about storage space, rather, it’s that we underestimate how much we’ll need. Once you move into your new home and start unpacking, you’ll soon realize whether or not you have enough storage.

When planning out your house, have storage space at the top of your list. You can get creative with how you add it, like building shelves into the wall.

Exhaust Fans

By now, we know how important it is to control the humidity levels in your home. Having excess moisture in the air can lead to mould growth, and mould can cause serious harm to your health.

Having exhaust fans in your home will help control the humidity and circulate the air. Install them in your bathroom where there is likely to be the most amount of moisture.

Pet Accommodations

Pets are family, right? If you have a furry friend or are planning to get one, it’s easy to forget about certain pet items until you need them at that moment. More and more pet owners, though, are building their pet accommodations right into their house. Integrated food and water dishes that pull out from a cabinet, an addition the master bedroom for the puppy to sleep on, and having a dog wash station, they may sound silly, but they keep all of your pet supplies organized and tidy.

Indoor Plants

If you don’t have any indoor plants, you should invest in some. Adding greenery to your home not only adds a pop of colour, but real plants offer many health benefits as well. Living plants produce oxygen while removing carbon dioxide from the air. We’re left with fresh and healthy air.

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