Contractor Tips Blog

Jun
5

4 Safety Benefits of Bollards

It is common to see bollards around many large facilities and on roadways, but beyond restricting vehicles, what safety benefit do these protective devices serve? Bollards are not just for schools, hospitals and roadways – they are offer safety benefits for many different purposes. Small businesses, public areas and many other spaces can reap safety rewards with the installation of bollards, including these four benefits:

  1. Keeping vehicles off sidewalks and walk areas. Whether on purpose or by accident, cars and trucks can veer onto pedestrian areas and pose safety risks. Bollards physically stop vehicles from entering pedestrian areas like parks, outdoor seating areas, walkways and bike lanes, reducing the chance of death or injury.
  2. Preventing parking. Parking can be difficult to find in urban areas, leading to drivers parking in areas that are not meant for vehicles. This can cause safety issues – bollards ensure drivers do not use a walking or biking area as a parking space.
  3. Block entrance to buildings. Bollards act as fencing to keep vehicles from accidentally or purposely crashing into a building. Whether it is terrorism or a runaway vehicle, bollards keep buildings and the people in them safe.
  4. Directing traffic. Bollards help maintain safe roadways and direct traffic where it needs to go. Bollards can alert drivers of lane edges, bike lanes, drop off areas and other safety concerns, directing them to a safe driving lane.

Bollards come in all shapes and sizes for various uses. Even small businesses and organizations can benefit from using bollards for safety. To learn more about the options for bollard installation and design, contact a metal fabricator that can create custom metal bollards for improving safety.

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

May
9

Prevent Fall Injuries with Customized Metal Railings

When you own residential or commercial property, maintaining safe stairways, decks, porches and patios is important. Premises liability laws require property owners to keep anyone invited onto the property safe with ongoing maintenance and safety precautions. Sturdy metal railings on elevated areas can help prevent falls and injuries, protecting you from unexpected costs from injury liability claims.

Customized Railing Options

If you have railings on decks, porches or stairways that are loose or unsafe, metal railings can be a great option for replacement. Metal railings can be customized to fit any configuration and style when created by a talented metal fabricator. Whether you want the classic look of wrought iron or a more modern style, metal railings can offer a stable, durable railing to prevent falls and injuries. Benefits of metal railings include:

  • Long-lasting
  • Easy maintenance
  • Superior strength
  • Versatile styles
  • Rot resistant for outdoor use

A metal railing on elevated outdoor structures can help prevent accidental falls and injuries. Sturdy metal can last for decades and can be customized to match almost any style. If you have a porch without railings or deteriorating railings that need replacement, you can be at risk for accidents on your property. Make these structures safer with solid metal railings by contacting a metal fabricator that can customize the best style for your home or business.

It only takes a slip off the edge of a deck or a wobbly stair railing to cause a serious injury accident. Protect yourself from liability by investing in new customized metal railings for accident-prone areas. Call a metal fabricating expert to explore the many options available to add railings to your residential or commercial structure.

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

Feb
26

Add Strength to Beauty with an Custom Iron Trellis

Are you looking for ways to create a unique and interesting style for your yard or outdoor space? A trellis can be used in a variety of ways in landscaping and outdoor door design. Wrought iron trellis formations can be custom designed in almost any shape or size. Not only are they beautiful, iron has the strength to withstand the elements and last for many years to come.

Ideas for Outdoor Trellis Uses

Trellises are typical used as a climbing apparatus for vines and plants, often roses or ivy varieties. While this is their primary purposes, they can also be used in creative ways to add interest and function to your outside areas. Here are a few ideas on how to use your trellis:

  • Cover a boring wall. Trellises are perfect for hiding a worn fence or a boring wall that is devoid of style. Use the trellis to create a beautiful wall of green that hides imperfections or adds interest to a dull corner of your yard.
  • Add a divider. Trellises can be staked or anchored into the ground and used to create a divider between outdoor areas. Whether they are stand-alone iron walls or covered in foliage, they can break up your space and even add shade when covered in vines.
  • Adorn entrances. Everyone has seen arched trellises that cover gates and entry ways. Iron trellises are perfect for adorning entrances, whether with an arch or a complete pagoda.

The amazing aspect of an iron trellis is that you can have it designed however you want by a metal fabricator. You can have it made any size or shape, with whatever type of style you desire. Contact a local metal welder and fabricator to explore the options for adding a beautiful iron trellis to your outdoor space that can be the focal point of your yard.

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

Jan
25

Custom Metal Furnishings for Function and Style

Are you looking for furnishings for your home or business that are unique, functional and stylish? Stop shopping at home improvement centers or furniture stores and consider having your furnishings designed and created by a custom metal fabricator. Not only will you get items that are designed specifically for your space, but they will be durable and distinctive. Here are a few ways to incorporate custom metal furnishings into your space.

Doors

What better way to set your home and business apart from the rest than with a customized door? A talented metal fabricator can make your door any size – no need to conform to the standard door frame size when you can have it made any height or width you want. Metal is also one of the best options for security. Plus, there are so many options in finishes and styles to make your entrance unique.

Fireplaces

Want a fireplace that is modern and contemporary? Indoors or out, metal fireplaces can be stunning centerpieces that will compliment your style and be functional for your flickering fires. Whether you want a floor-to-ceiling fireplace in your living room or dining area, or a sleek fire pit for the patio, a custom metal fabricator can create the look and design that will fit your needs.

Counters

Whether you have a commercial kitchen, workshop or just want your home kitchen to have a modern appeal, consider customized metal counters. They are easy to clean and durable, but also can look fantastic when fabricated with the right metals and finishes.

Breakaway from the norm and give your home or business a stunning style with custom metal furnishings. Find a metal fabricator in your area and explore the many options available in customized metal furnishings.

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

Dec
10

Pros and Cons of Installing Wrought Iron Railings

Do you have a stairway or a deck that needs a railing? Railings offer safety for kids, pets and anyone standing on the edge. However, they can also add style and design, depending on the type of railing you use. Wrought iron railings are a popular option for all types of buildings, but they do have their benefits and drawbacks. Here are the pros and cons of using wrought iron railings for your next deck or stairway project.

Pros

Wrought iron is durable, classic and perfect for the outdoors. There is a good reason that wrought iron is such a popular fencing option, and a great choice for railings. Here are some of the pros of wrought iron railings:

  • Customizable. A metal fabricator can make your railings any shape, size or design.
  • Traditional. If you like a traditional or classic style, wrought iron is a nice option.
  • Strength. Nothing beats wrought iron for strength, an important feature for safety railings.
  • Longevity. Wrought iron doesn’t rot like wood or be tempting for termites, and can last for decades if maintained.

Cons

With all good things come a price. For wrought iron railings, the actual price can be a con for some. Wrought iron is more expensive than many other materials. It also requires maintenance to keep it looking good and to protect it from the elements.

If you want a long-lasting option for a new stairway or deck railing, wrought iron is a classic, timeless option. Talk to your local metal fabricator that creates wrought iron railings to get the style and design that will reflect your taste.

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

Oct
4

Keep Your Business Secure with Bollards

It is not just large corporations or government entities that can benefit from using bollards for security. Any brick and mortar business that has a street entrance or is near a busy commerce area can be a good candidate for bollards. Here are a few reasons why you may want to consider adding customized bollards around your business for safety and security.

Prevent Vehicle Crash Damage

Vehicles crash into buildings all the time. A slip of the foot, and a car accelerates instead of stopping. If your business is right off a busy street, a few strategic bollards could stop any vehicle before it crashed into your storefront. For restaurants with an outside patio area, this is very important to keep your customers safe. A small fence will not stop a vehicle from running over the patrons on your front patio.

Steer Foot or Bike Traffic

Bollards do not stop pedestrians or bikes, but they can help steer foot or bike traffic away from certain areas. Putting a bollard alongside your building helps deter wanders from going back into “employee-only” areas. Painting the bollard red and adding “employees only” will help keep many curious people that may otherwise enter restricted areas.

Prevent Parking

If you have a loading area, making sure no one parks in the spot by adding bollards. You can still leave enough room for loading and unloading, but label the bollards to restrict the area as a loading zone. This will ensure deliveries can be made on-time and safely off the street.

Bollards can have many uses for businesses of all shapes and sizes. Plus, if you choose a talented metal fabricator, you can have your bollards customized in shape and size. Talk to your local welder that offers customized bollards to find out more about adding them to your business for safety and security.

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

Aug
6

Benefits of a Wrought Iron Railings

Do you need a new railing for your deck or staircase at your home or business? Consider the benefits of adding wrought iron railings for beauty, safety and durability. Wrought iron is a classic option when you want to secure a raised deck or add hand rails for your steps or staircase, with many advantages over other material options. Here are some of the benefits of using wrought iron railings for your next project.

  • Stability. Wrought iron is a safe and stable material for secure railings. When professionally installed and maintained, they can withstand the elements and pressure that is needed for a stable railing.
  • Style. Wrought iron is a beautiful, classic style option for any steps, staircase or deck. It can enhance a plain cement step into your home or blend well with wood or other decking materials. It works with older buildings and modern designs.
  • Customization. Wrought iron railings can be customized for any types of structure. You can choose a simple, classic railing or have your fabricator create a unique design that will blend into your building’s style. There are no limits to the type of railing that can be created from wrought iron, only limited by your imagination.
  • Longevity and durability. Wrought iron will not rot like wood and can last for many years when maintained. It is a good investment, adding a classic appeal to your home or business while providing the safety that is needed.

Don’t settle for boring railings on your deck or staircase. Talk to your local metal fabricator about creating stunning, safe wrought iron railings for your next project.

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

May
16

5 Cool Ideas Using Metal Fabrication

With metal fabrication, almost any design is possible for staircases, furnishings and many types of construction. While there are plenty of pre-fabricated metal options, customized creations can give your business, organization or home a unique style. Here are five cool creations that can be completed using metal fabrication.

  1. Metal building facades. Not only can building framework be made from metal, a façade can be fabricated that is elegant and contemporary in design to update any building or structure.
  2. Customized equipment. Can’t find an exhaust hood for your commercial kitchen that is the right style or dimensions? With metal fabrication your equipment can be made to fit your needs.
  3. Stylized railings. Whether it is an apartment complex or a high-scale auditorium, railings for decks, balconies and staircases can be created that match the style of the décor. A talented metal fabrication company can design railings that are functional and accent your building, customized to blend with your architecture.
  4. Artistic staircases. With metal fabrication, staircases never need to be boring or purely functional. Spiral staircases can be created for homes, galleries and many other structures, adding a stunning centerpiece to any building, indoors or outdoors.
  5. Creative benches and bollards. You do not need to settle for mass-produce metal benches or bollards for your neighborhood park or the front of your business. Have your metal protective devices and seating customized to match your style.

For your next metal construction project, consider the benefits of using a metal fabricator to design a unique option for improved style and function. The only limits are your imagination and the talent of the fabricator you hire.

Posted on behalf of:
LCG Welding, LLC
4625 Church Road
Cumming, GA 30028
(678) 455-555

Mar
31

Customizing the Perfect Garage or Workshop

Have you envisioned having a garage or workshop that is customized for your benefit? Whether you are a backyard mechanic, a wood worker or just looking for the ultimate man-cave, you can transform your garage into the perfect shop for your needs. Metal fabrication is the perfect option to design cabinets, workbenches and storage to create the work area you always wanted at home.

Advantages of Customized Metal Fabrication

While there are plenty of pre-fabricated metal components for workshops and garages, they are not a one-size-fits-all option. They are not fitted for your space or your needs like customized metal fabrication. Why settle for a cookie-cutter component when you can have items made specifically for your preferences? Here are some advantages of investing in customized metal work for your shop:

  • Fitted for your space. Make the most of every square foot of your garage or workshop with customized cabinets, storage racks and benches for your space. Have a limited floor space? Customize your shelving to make use of the vertical areas.
  • Quality matters. Metal fabrication can ensure you get the quality parts you need for your shop that will last. Pre-fab components can be low quality and more likely to become damaged under heavy use.
  • Customized use. Need unique storage for specialized tools? There is no limit to what you can create with metal fabrication. You can plan your design with a talented fabricator that can create any shape or size metal component for your needs for a unique and useful workshop.

You can have the perfect workshop or garage for your hobby or side business. Talk to your local custom metal fabricator for ideas on design and creating the ultimate shop for your needs.

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

Feb
17

Crash Barriers that Add Character

Protecting your business with crash barriers and bollards does not need to be boring. While these installations have an important purpose, they can also be stylish and add character to your property. Say goodbye to the traditional, bland bollard and opt for crash barriers that stand out. Here are some ideas to make your crash barriers look great while they keep your building, customers and employees safe.

Colors that Pop

You do not need to have dull metal, black or silver bollards. Make your crash barriers bright and bold with colors that pop. They can be customized to match your brand or just colorful to bring attention to your business. Not only will they keep out unwanted vehicles, they can make your business stand out. Consider geometric designs, primary colors or fun flowers; you can protect your property and still look trendy at the same time.

Custom Designs

Crash barriers can be made in a variety of shapes and forms. Instead of buying the standard bollard, talk to a custom metal fabricator that can custom design your crash barrier to match your style. Be creative – the traditional pole could be diamond shaped or an oval instead. There are no rules that you have must have boring bollards in front of your business; use this opportunity to add some flare to the front of your building or space.

Make your building or commercial space safe while adding a little style when adding crash barriers. Talk to your local custom crash barrier contractor to discuss fun ideas to add character while protecting your property. There are many creative options available when you choose to customize your bollards for your business.

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

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