WHAT SHOULD I CONSIDER WHEN INVESTING IN A NEW GATE OR RAILINGS?
Think about the main purpose. Are they for practical reasons, such as security? If the railings are to prevent your dog from escaping, for instance, make sure you know how high your dog can jump. Also, it’s worth noting that anything over two metres high on a residential property requires planning permission.
HOW DO I CHOOSE BETWEEN WROUGHT IRON AND STEEL?
Wrought iron is typically more expensive as it’s no longer produced on a commercial scale. Both wrought iron and steel fencing should be supplied galvanized as this protects the metal from rust and corrosion, giving the product a longer life. While there is often a greater choice of decorative features in steel, wrought iron is sturdier, easier to roll into delicate shapes for finials and has a traditional appearance.
ARE THERE ANY STYLE GUIDELINES?
Make sure they are keeping with the look of your home and complement any existing railings or gates – many places offer standard styles such as Edwardian, Victorian, and Art Deco to suit period properties. Most companies will offer an installation service. Alternatively, use a competent builder or you can install the gate yourself.
SHOULD I CHOOSE A FRONT DOOR CANOPY OR PORCH?
A door canopy is a roof over the doorway, while a porch has additional supports down to the ground. These could range from single columns to full decorative ironwork. Woven wirework sides work particularly well if climbing plants are trained through the latticework.
Door canopies should suit any property is a door has an arched lintel, the canopy should be arched too. A weathered patina is an ideal choice for most period properties, but for a contemporary townhouse, a black or grey paint finish is more appropriate.