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Window Grates: An Old-World Look

Want to give your home or business an old-world look? Metal window grates can add beauty and security to your windows. When customized with an intricate design, window grates are a lovely accent that can differentiate your building, whether it is your home or a commercial enterprise.

“Old-world style” can mean different things to different people. However, the most commonly thought of designs when it comes to window grates are from architecture from European countries. There are many elaborate homes and buildings throughout Italy, France and the Mediterranean that are excellent examples of the lavish style that is often termed “old-world.” Window grates or grilles are one accent you will see in many of these buildings, and a wonderful addition to modern homes and businesses to give them a classic appeal.

Grilles and window grates can be designed to cover any type of window and add an elegant style. Here are some ideas for window grate designs that can bring that old-world style to your windows:

  • Simple cross pattern, sectioning the window into four parts
  • Curved patterns with detailed designs
  • Diamond or geometric designs to cover windows or doors
  • Distressed metals to give the grates or grilles an antique appearance.

While there are some window and door companies that offer limited options for grates and grilles, they may not come in the size or shape you desire. For a unique, customized approach, having your window grates made and designed by a custom metal fabricator can give you a look that is personalized for your building. It can make a grand statement and add value to your property with an old-world style that adds a touch of class.

Posted on behalf of:
LCG Welding, LLC
4625 Church Road
Cumming, GA 30028
(678) 455-5552


Creating a Customized Garage or Workshop

If you enjoy spending time in your garage or workshop, you may have dreamed of creating a workshop that is customized for your needs. With the right contractors, you can make your dream come true. Imagine having the storage you need in the form of bins racks and cabinets, an easy to clean floor and counters to work on for all your projects. Here are a few ideas to create the customized shop you always wanted.

  • Flooring. If your shop or garage has a cement floor, start your customization by adding a floor covering. A popular option for garages and shops is an epoxy-coating that can create a beautiful floor that is easier to clean.
  • Cabinets and counters.  Whether you’re working on cars or building furniture, you need a work bench or counter. Consider having a customized counter and cabinets made from steel. A professional steel fabricator can create counters and cabinets that are made especially for your shop and needs.
  • Racks, bins and other storage. Make the most of every inch of your shop with the use of storage racks and bins. Talk to your steel fabricator about creating overhead racks for storage to give you more room on the floor. You can even have them fabricate customized built-in ladders to easily reach your overhead storage racks.
  • Finishes. Protect your customized metal counters, racks and cabinets with a professional finish. Talk to your metal fabricator about finishing options such as powder coating or paint to protect the metal and give your shop a professional appearance.

With the right flooring, storage and work spaces, you can create the workshop or garage that you have always wanted. Talk to your local metal fabricator to get started on your ultimate garage.

Posted on behalf of:
LCG Welding, LLC
4625 Church Road
Cumming, GA 30028


Why to Hire a Full Service Welding Company

Posted in Welding

The emphasis today in most areas of the construction business seems to be “full service” and “customizing” those services. This is true even in the welding industry.  Many welding companies today will be self-contained and able to provide you with everything from estimating to project management.

While providing a full range of metal and steel products fabrication and construction services to  property owners and general contractors, welding companies can still be a source for a wide range of custom welding projects, such as various ornamental works of iron, or specific projects of stainless steel and aluminum. Typical fabrications can include railings and platforms, racks or cages for storage, different sizes of ladders or stairs.

Some full service welding and metal fabrication contractors may also offer a special emphasis on the design, fabrication and installation of metal stairs for new construction or for existing facilities. They specialize in the design and installation of steel stairs, landings, and railings to meet exact specifications, whether they are inside a building or even standing alone outside, such as fire observation towers. Talented metal craftsmen and welders can build top quality metal stairs and walkways using your drawings or you can work with their draftsmen to create a design for your project that will turn your concept into reality.  Most project managers have the experience and expertise necessary to keep your project on time and within your budget. 

When contacting your local welding professional, find out if they can provide single source, turnkey (from concept to completion) solutions to general contractors and property owners.  Make sure they can handle the project from start to finish, including design, fabrication, demolition of existing structures, installation and finishing (powder coating, galvanizing, and primer and paint), as well as other miscellaneous repairs or changes while on site, such as concrete work and wood work.


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