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Adam Doppelt
11 months ago • Magnolia
Who do I call to repair/replace my iron railing?
My house has an iron railing running along the front stairs. Last month the end of the railing rusted and fell off. Oops, bad homeowner award...

Who do I call to repair/replace my iron railing? I've never had to deal with this aspect of home maintenance. Also, should I have been painting it or something?
18 replies
6 months ago
Heard from a friend that Ironman Ornamental is pretty great...incidentally, would be awesome if I could link their listing on Fresh Chalk right from this reply ;)
Ironworks
  • 6 months ago
Following. Same as Adam.
  • 6 months ago
I didn't realize this was such a common problem. We've got some rusted out issues on our iron railing! Thanks for the tip Steve Dossick
  • 6 months ago
Seconded on Travis (at Ironman). He's awesome .. hooked up a nice new railing on the north side of my house.
Ironworks
  • 11 months ago
It's a bloody epidemic, I tell you. Our ten year-old ironwork around our front steps needs this exact help. Thanks Steve Dossick
  • 6 months ago
Steve Dossick Did you see that magic listing appeared?
  • 6 months ago
I'll tag in to say that while I haven't used Ironman Ornamental personally, friends in Ballard have and had only good things to say.
Ironworks
  • 6 months ago
I too have heard that Iron Ornamental is excellent however you might consider replacing them for considerably less by shopping Home Depot. I've seen their railings up close and they are sturdy and substantial. They likely have a reputable installer to do the install work if you just happen to be awesome at building web-based businesses but not so good at home repairs :) homedepot.com/p/Weatherable....

If you still don't trust home depot product quality you can shop Dunn Lumber here,. Dunn is first-rate all the way: dunnlumber.com/store/Produc...

And should you paint your railings more often? Yes, horizontal surfaces in the wet and rainy Pacific Northwest, whether wood or metal, require constant maintenance and attention.
  • 6 months ago
Try Quality Woodworking and Stairs
  • 6 months ago
I don't have experience, but a general contractor I've used (and liked) told me to call him if I ever had an issue with my iron handrail. You could call Mike at Mode Contracting. freshchalk.com/mode-contrac...
Contractor - Columbia City
  • 11 months ago
Hi, Adam. Looked at this a few years ago and heard great feedback about:
Ballard Ornamental Ironworks
1510 NW Ballard Way, Seattle, WA 98107
(206) 782-3343
ballardiron.com
  • 6 months ago
Thanks for this! I also need help with a rusting railing.
  • 6 months ago
Liz Pearce the magic auto link was cool :)
  • 6 months ago
rmcpowdercoat.com Has been highly recommended to us, but I’m not sure if they do repair. We have not used them yet.
Painter
  • 6 months ago
I recommend irondesigncenter.com let Tim know you got his name from me, we are in a networking group together. He's super nice and does beautiful work!
Ironworks
  • 11 months ago
Does anyone know why it rusted? Should I have painted or something? I feel guilty. I will probably feel more guilty when on Halloween some poor tricker treater slices open their hand on my railing and gets lockjaw.
  • 6 months ago
Hi Adam, did the railing fail without warning or did you notice a little discoloration leading to slow failure over time? My guess is that water is getting into that spot or from a nearby joint or weld in the railing and running down to that spot. I'm assuming that it is hollow metal (as I described above) versus solid iron? Regardless, yes, more frequent maintenance painting should prevent it from reoccurring. As to the lockjaw that your little trick or treaters will suffer, if they are costumed as little zombies and Frankensteins, I should think it would make them look quite authentic.
  • 6 months ago
It was discolored first. I really should've painted it. That thing has been sitting there for ten years and I just assumed it would last forever, right up until the day it broke in half with no warning.
  • 6 months ago

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