Ironwork, Metal Restoration, Welding, and Steel Fabrication
Whether it is ornamental light metal work, security doors or windows, yard fencing, handrails, guardrails, or even structural steel, IDS can help. We have the resources, knowledge and skills to help with both fabrication, installation, and design.
Unlike other contractors, our team is multidisciplinary and can offer a one stop solution where steel or ironwork is interconnected with masonry repair work, where steel is embedded or the deterioration of ferrous metals has led to expansion and damage to concrete or masonry. Similarly, in situations where masonry has begun to fail because of lack of stabilization to resist lateral deflection, we can help provide solutions using structural steel implementations.
IDS provides services in the areas of ironwork including the following list, and many more:
Iron work and steel elements in exterior environments require upkeep and maintenance and routine re-coating and repainting. In order to stay on top of required maintenance it is good to have a relationship with a reliable and experienced contractor.
Ornamental Ironwork and Security Bars
Ornamental Ironwork can be custom created in classical, historic, contemporary, or modern styles. In the historic buildings of Washington DC, many historic buildings do not meet modern requirements for egress and escape to qualify for occupancy when buildings are being converted or renovated. Many of these issues relate to egress at security doors and security bars, IDS can provide you with design solutions that will pass inspections and maintain your preferred style. For example, single cylinder locks are required in many cases, but many homes in our city, for years, have relied on double cylinder locks. When the locks are changed to allow for egress, the security functions can be defeated, and vice versa. As an alternative to compromising security to allow for egress, we can build guards or screens to custom fit the configuration and allow for elements of Code required egress and still maintain a high degree of security. An example of classic rolled ironwork follows.
Gates, Fencing and Handrails
Ornamental ironwork, gates, fencing, and handrails can be built in classic historic, modern, or contemporary styles. Virtually all options are available to our customers as we have experience in all three styles of ironwork.
IDS has created custom cast iron elements for fencing in balustrade finials, terminations volutes, treads and decorative elements ironwork. Commonly when occupancy and layout of buildings or modified, new external stairways are used to provide access and egress from the building at differing locations.
In order to preserve the historic elements of Washington DC iron work, IDS can refurbish existing default and damaged stairways and handrail components. In the image below you can see an example of a cast iron handrail which our team rebuilt and refurbished.
Structural Steel by IDS can consist of several services and materials, including but not limited to: structural beams, posts, columns, headers, purlins, shear resistance support elements, moment connections. We are experienced in superstructure and facade elements, as well as steel embed assembly and placement to support adjacent structures. Our team is multidisciplinary and work with you to provide a combination of structural steel installation and placement as well as rebuild or refinish associated masonry work.
The image below shows a large building construction using structural steel beams to transfer load path to masonry and also steel headers to span openings in the structural facade.