An iron gate is currently seen as a must have home accessory for homes and office buildings. The appeal of these products is understandable. Many of the items are quite striking where design is concerned.
The fact that they can be custom designed according to the customer’s specifications is also appealing. These along with window guards offer property owners stylish ways to enhance the look of a building.
The installation of an iron gate is not necessarily a complex affair. It does require that following certain steps to get the job done right.
The same is true for window guards as improper installation can result in additional costs. It is recommended that a professional handle the installation, but this has not stopped do-it-yourselfers from successfully handling this task themselves.
Steps For Iron Gate Installation
With adequate preparation, the installation process can be done with little hassle. The first step is to ensure that all the necessary materials are on hand which include:
* Post hole digger, unless the iron gate will be attached to an existing column or post
* String line
* Tape measure
* Rawl bolts
* Hinges (these might be provided by the manufacturer or seller of the iron gate)
* Concrete mix
The area where the iron gate or window guard will be installed must be properly measured before even before selecting the items. It may even be necessary to remove part of an existing wall to create a reasonably sized entryway for the iron gates. When measuring the area, run the string from one point to the next to get the exact width where the fixtures will be installed.
Once the fixtures have been purchased, ensure that you get the right size and any additional pieces needed for installation. These items include special brackets that help with installation.
You will also need some extra hands to help align the gate with the columns or posts. Once you have them in position, mark the area where they will be attached.
Some people opt for J-Bolt hinges to fasten the iron gates or window guards to the frames. These items are sold at hardware stores and the sales reps can provide guidance as to the correct size needed base on the size of the iron gates.
If support posts are being installed as frame for the fixtures, holes must be dug based on the height of the iron gate. The posts must be set in concrete and allowed to dry before the actual installation takes place. Concrete does not normally take more than a day to set properly.
Attach the hinged side of the iron gate to post or column prepared for it. A test run before the actual installation to ensure that the hinges are at the right height will prevent mistakes. It is advisable not to use entryway immediately after installation.
Even if you plan to do the job yourself, getting guidance from a professional is a good idea. The local hardware store, the internet or the manufacturer of the fixtures are good sources of tips on how to install an iron gate or window guards.
Depending on where you live, there may be special building codes or community covenants regarding the use of certain accessories. Before beginning installation, check on the building codes for your locale. There is unlikely to be any kind of building codes that will impact the use of window guards but it makes sense to be sure.
The popularity of the iron gate as a home accessory is unlikely to stop any time soon. The increased availability of the products due to demand has resulted in lower prices and an expanding range of designs to choose. Whether installed by the homeowner or by a professional, they can create a lasting impression and add to resale value of a property.