Five Questions to Ask Before Buying Wrought Iron Gates & Aluminum Fences

So you have decided that it’s time to install a new fence or gate on your property. But before you start digging holes for the fence posts, there are some important questions you need to ask. Review the following list of questions so that you are able to successfully install your wrought iron gates, wood fences or aluminum fences.

1. What purpose will the fence serve? Are you installing a fence for purely decorative reasons? Or do you want a fence that provides greater privacy or security for your property? You may also want a specialized fence for a particular area, such as your pool. There are fencing options for all of these situations and more. For example, a wrought iron fence may be stylish, but it doesn’t afford much privacy, while a wood fence may offer privacy but may not be very secure.

2. What style of fence do I want? After you have considered the purpose of your fence, you then need to think about style. In most cases, you will want a fence that fits with the style of your home and landscaping. For example, a picket fence may look best with a cottage-style home, while wrought iron gates and fences are ideal for Tuscan, Mediterranean and Victorian-style homes. In some cases,  you may be able to mix fence styles, such as choosing a detailed wrought iron fence for the front of your home but more basic aluminum fences for the less-visible backyard.AGC_fence&railing (16)

3. Where are my property lines? Before you install your wrought iron gates and fences, make sure you know where your property begins and ends. You may also want to discuss your plans to install fencing with your neighbors to make sure they do not have any concerns about the new fence.

4. Are there any utility lines nearby? It is important to contact your local utility providers to determine the exact location of any underground electrical, water, or gas lines. The utility company should be able to mark the location of those lines so that you or your fence contractor knows where it’s safe to dig.

5. Am I following local zoning regulations? Spending money on new iron gates and fences only to discover that you don’t have permission to erect a fence is sure to be a disappointment. Do your research before you start the project. Make sure you have any necessary building permits and that there aren’t any rules about the size or height of your fence. If you live in a historic district or are a member of a homeowners association, make sure there aren’t any additional rules you need to follow.

Allied Gate is Arizona’s wrought iron gate expert. To learn more, call 480-516-0275 or visit http://www.alliedgate.com today. 

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Types of Custom Entry Doors

Get to know the types of custom entry doors.

Installing a custom-made entry door is an excellent way to give your home additional style and flair. Because they are specially made for your home, custom entry doors allow you to get the exact look you want. Learn more about the types of custom entry doors, including different materials and finishing options, from expert door and fencing contractors.

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Non-standard size entry doors. One major reason you may be considering a custom entry door is because you want a non-standard size door. if you have a particular vision for your home’s entryway, a custom front door expert will be able to work with you to design a door that meets your specifications. In addition to being able to choose the door’s size and shape, you will also be able to make decisions about material, finishes and hardware. The end result will be a door that is completely unique to your home.

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Custom doors with glass inserts. Customizing your entry doors with glass inserts is a great way to get the look that you want for your home. Glass is available in a wide variety of patterns and textures, such as frosted, beveled, or etched. For a particularly dramatic look, consider stained glass. You may also choose to have glass sidelights or a transom installed with your front door, to give it a more welcoming or grand appearance, or to let more light into your home.

Custom iron entry doors. An iron entry door is a great choice for anyone who wants improved home security without sacrificing style. Many door and fencing contractors offer a variety of iron entry door styles, including arched doors, doors with transoms, and/or double doors, all of which can be custom-fitted for your home. You will also be able to choose colors and embellishments for your iron entry door. If you would like to look at our entry door styles and designs, check out http://www.alliedgate.com/ironentrydoors/.

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Custom wood entry doors. Wood entry doors are available in a wide variety of styles, from traditional panel doors to more elaborate carved designs. you can get a custom wood entry door to fit virtually any stile of home, including Victorian, craftsman or mission-style homes. Choosing a custom door also means you will get your pick of wood types such as mahogany, cherry, or walnut. You will also be able to opt for special carving and other designs on the door.

Custom fiberglass doors. Fiberglass custom entry doors can be produced in an array of styles, many of which convincingly mimic the look of more traditional solid-wood doors. The material requires less upkeep than wood and may provide greater security as well. Fiberglass may also be a less expensive option than wood.

Energy efficient entry doors. To save on energy bills and help the environment, you may be interested in purchasing energy-efficient custom entry doors. Energy-efficient doors are specially constructed with better insulation, multi-paned glass and tighter seals around the frame to reduce energy loss. Doors, windows, and skylights with the Energy Star seal may reduce your energy bills by up to 15% according to Energy Star, as well as reducing your carbon footprint and making your home more comfortable.

Allied Gate offers custom entry doors and fencing in Arizona. 
Please call us at 480-516-0275 or visit http://www.alliedgate.com for more information. 

We serve the Phoenix Metro Area.

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Maintaining Your Courtyard & Driveway Gates

Scottsdale Iron Gate Expert tells you how to maintain your courtyard gate and driveway gate.

A courtyard or driveway gate can add value and curb appeal to your home. But if you don’t maintain your gates, they can quickly turn into an eyesore. Regular maintenance also ensures that your gates will work properly and help prevent any accidents. Read on for 4 tips on how to keep courtyard and driveway gates looking and working great for years to come.

1. Make regular maintenance a priority. To keep your gates looking their best, make regular maintenance tasks a part of your routine. Keep hinges and driveway gate tracks well oiled, check to make sure bolts are tightened and watch out for rust spots. (To prevent rust on an iron gate, repair chips and scratches quickly.) If  your gate has a lock, regularly check to make sure it is in good working order. If your gate has battery-operated automatic openers, be sure to check the batteries regularly.

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2. Think twice about doing major repairs yourself. While small repair jobs like touching up chipped paint on a courtyard gate can be done yourself, it’s probably best to call a professional for more complex repair jobs. For example, if your automatic gate is malfunctioning, it may be due to a problem with the electrical components that requires the attention of a licensed electrician. Severely rusted or bent gates may also need professional repair.

3. Choose a driveway or courtyard gate company that offers a maintenance plan. Many gate installation companies also offer maintenance plans. This may involve the gate company coming to your home once a year to inspect the gate mechanisms and, for automatic gates, also looking at electrical components such as sensors, keypads, phone entry systems and surge protectors. The gate company may also examine the gate’e structural framework and foundations, as well as hinges, gate tracks, motors and other parts. The maintenance agreement may cover the replacement of parts that are damaged or worn out due to normal wear and tear. This kind of regular inspection can help you spot problems before they become major issues, reducing your overall maintenance costs.

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4. Look for an iron gate that comes with warranty protection. When buying your new courtyard or driveway gates, look for ones that come with strong warranty protection. For example, you may look for a warranty that guarantees repairs in the event the gate starts to sag, as well as warranties on other gate parts like gate openers. You may also be able to purchase an extended warranty to cover maintenance after the original warranty expires.

Allied Gate is your source for courtyard and driveway gates in Scottsdale, Paradise Valley, Fountain Hills, Gilbert, Mesa, Goodyear, Sun City West, Surprise, Peoria, Phoenix, Tempe, Chandler, and Glendale AZ. To learn more, call 480-516-0275 or visit http://www.alliedgate.com.

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Four Things to Know About Buying a Home Security Door

A custom iron door expert shares four things you should know before buying a home security door.

You want to keep your home and your family safe. While there are a number of steps you can take to improve your home’s security, buying a home security door is one of the most important. But before you rush out and purchase the first security door you find, there are some things you should know.

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1. Not all security doors are created equal. You will want to do your research before buying a home security door. Look for doors made of welded steel or iron that have tamper resistant features, as well as high-quality locks and strong hinges. You may also consider a custom iron door that is specially designed for your home. Not only will purchasing a quality security door make your home more secure, but it may even deter would-be burglars, who will see that your home is well secured.

2. You don’t have to sacrifice appearance for security. When you think of security doors, you may envision clunky, ugly, or institutional-looking doors. But if you are in the market for a security door in Phoenix, you have many options when it comes to style. Today, homeowners can find security doors in a wide variety of designs, colors, and finishes. For an even striking look, you can purchase a custom iron door that is designed to perfectly match your home’s style. Check out our styles and designs at http://www.alliedgate.com/securitydoors/.

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3. Do not rely on online research. The internet is a great place to start if you are shopping for a new home security door. But it shouldn’t be your only, or even primary, form of research. After you have done a bit of online research and have a general idea of what you want in a security door, visit a few security door companies. Look at different models, get price quotes, and then make a decision. Even if you do decide to buy your security door online, rather than in person, it’s often helpful to go look at doors in person so that you have an idea of what you are getting.

4. Purchase a door from a company that offers installation. Sure, you could probably install a security door yourself, but you may not do it very well. And a poorly installed security door probably won’t do what it’s supposed to do (keep unwanted visitors out of your house). A professional will do a better job of installing your new door, making sure the frame is correctly installed and that the door fits snugly in it. Hiring an expert to do this work will pay off in valuable peace of mind.

Allied Gate is a manufacturer of high-quality security doors in the Scottsdale, Paradise Valley, Fountain Hills, Gilbert, Mesa, Goodyear, Sun City West, Surprise, Peoria, Phoenix, Tempe, Chandler & Glendale AZ. To learn more, please call us at 480-516-0275 or visit us at http://www.alliedgate.com today.
Visit our showroom at 4240 E. Elwood St., Phoenix, AZ 85040

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What is Wrought Iron?

Wrought iron gates and fences have a classic look that can make any home more attractive. But what is wrought iron, exactly? If you are considering buying wrought iron fences and wrought iron gates, Phoenix experts can give you the facts you need to know.

What is wrought iron made of? True wrought iron is an iron alloy that has a low carbon content. Today, virtually all commercially available “wrought iron” in the United States is actually mild steel, which as a higher carbon content than true wrought iron. You will also find “wrought iron” accessories, such as candle holders and shelves, which are actually made of cast iron – a more brittle material with an even higher carbon content.

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How long have people been using wrought iron? Wrought iron has been used by people for thousands of years. Ancient Romans, for example, had wrought iron furniture, and the metal can be seen in many churches and buildings in Europe, as well as in historic areas in cities like New Orleans.

How can I tell if my fence or gate is true wrought iron? If your fence or gate was made after the late 1960’s, chances are that it is actually mild steel. That’s when traditional methods of making wrought iron were eclipsed by a more economical process for making steel. Appearance is another way to judge the age and type of wrought iron. Traditional wrought iron will develop an attractive brown or copper-colored finish as it ages because of the specific chemical properties of the metal. Modern wrought iron, in contrast, can develop less attractive spots of rust.

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How is wrought iron made? Historically, wrought iron was hand-forged by blacksmiths. The process, which involved heating the metal and then hammering or twisting it into a specific shape, was very labor-intensive, which was one reason it fell out of favor. Today, wrought iron is more likely to involve different pieces of metal that are worked cold and then welded together.

Can I get real wrought iron gates today? Traditional wrought iron is hard to come by today. That is because the foundries that once produced wrought iron have almost all disappeared, leaving blacksmiths with a very limited supply of metal to work with. Much of that metal goes toward repairing old wrought iron gates and fences. But it’s the classic look of wrought iron that most people want. For people looking for wrought iron gates, commercially available wrought iron should be a perfectly acceptable substitute. If you want to look at some examples of our wrought iron products, go to our website at http://www.alliedgate.com.

Please call us at 480-516-0275 or visit http://www.alliedgate.com if you have any questions or concerns.

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5 FAQs on Home Security & Security Doors for Home

High security doors for your home are a great investment, since they can prevent break-ins and help keep your family safe. If you are thinking about investing in security doors for home (http://www.alliedgate.com/securitydoors/), you probably have a few questions. Below are answers to some of the most frequently asked questions about buying security doors for your home.

1. Do I really need security doors for my home? Whether or not to buy a security door for your home is a personal decision. But the unfortunate fact is that burglaries happen, even in save neighborhoods. High security doors make it less likely that you will be victim of that type of crime. Not only does a high-quality security door help keep intruders out, it also gives the impression that your home is well protected, making it less likely that you will be targeted by burglars in the first place.

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2. Should I buy a wood, iron, or steel front door? Wood, iron, and steel are all excellent options when it comes to security doors for home, so the decision really comes down to aesthetic and price. However, there are a couple of things to keep in mind. Many homeowners choose a steel front door because it offers security at a relatively low cost. Wood doors are a more expensive option, and should be made out of solid wood, not a composite material. Wrought iron screen doors can provide an additional layer of security while also letting light and air into your home.

3. Will high security doors keep intruders out of my home? A good security door will go a long way toward keeping unwanted visitors outside of your home. But there’s no guarantee that a door will prevent a break-in. To get the most out of your security doors for your home, make sure you buy a high-quality model, and pay close attention to both the locks and how the door is installed. The strongest door will be useless if it comes with a weak lock. Make sure your door has a strong deadbolt that is securely bolted into the frame.

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4. Aren’t home security doors expensive? Not necessarily. Home security doors are available at a wide range of price points, so you don’t have to sacrifice safety in the interest of saving money. While this isn’t an area where you want to pinch pennies too much, it should be relatively easy to find an affordable, high-quality steel security door. But if you want a solid wood door or a door with special features, such as bio-metric locks, be prepared to pay more.

5. What else can I do to keep my home secure? A secure front entry door is an important part of home security. But it’s not the only thing you need. Don’t forget to secure sliding glass patio doors and lower-floor windows, since these can be easy points of entry for criminals. Gate and fences can provide an additional layer of protection, as can security cameras and guard dogs. Being alert and aware is also critical (if you notice something suspicious, trust your instincts and alert the proper authorities).

Allied Gate is your source for home security doors in the Phoenix Metro area. If you need any more information or have any more questions, please call us at 480-516-0275 or visit our website at http://www.alliedgate.com. 

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How to Choose Fence Contractors & Fencing Companies

When you are installing a new wood or iron fence on your property, choosing the right fencing contractor is almost as important as choosing the fence itself. It may be tempting to pick the first company that you find in the phone book or through an Internet search, but you will have better results if you take a more methodical approach. Below are six key tips on evaluating fencing companies and choosing the right professional for your project.

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1. Look for fencing experts. You will undoubtedly encounter a number of general contractors who say that they can install your fence. While that may technically be true, you will likely get better results if you work with someone who focuses on fence installation. These fencing contractors will be better able to inform you of all your options, (http://www.alliedgate.com/fencing/) whether you want an iron fence for a pool or backyard privacy fence. They will also be able to address problems should they arise. An expert fencing company is more likely to understand any relevant local regulations on codes regarding fence installation.

2. Get several quotes. Any legitimate fencing contractor will be happy to visit your home and provide an estimate for the work that you want done. Be cautious about any company that is willing to give you a quote over the phone. Instead, schedule a few in-person consultations with differing fence contractors and then get quotes in writing that you can compare later.

3. Check their references. After you have identified one or two fence contractors that you might want to work with, you should check their references. The company may be able to put you in touch with satisfied customers, but you should also check with neutral organizations like the Better Business Bureau to see if there have been any complaints about the company. You will also want to make sure that the company has an actual place of business (rather than working out of a home or garage). Finally, find out how long the company has been in business.

4. Ask about insurance and licenses. Virtually anyone – no matter how inexperienced – can call themselves a fencing contractor. To avoid problems, make sure that the contractor you hire is properly licensed and fully insured. While it may seem that you will get a better deal by choosing a less reputable fencing company, you could end up paying for it later because of a poor installation or an unreliable, unlicensed contractor who disappears without completing the job.

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5. Find out who will be performing the work. Some fencing companies will hire sub-contractors to do the fencing installation. However, you will probably have a more satisfactory experience with a company that has its own trained employees. Not only will these workers likely be more skilled and reliable, but communication will also be easier.

6. Get a contract. Always make sure that you have a written, signed contract before you begin working with a fencing company. The contract should include a description of the work being done as well as information about payments and when the project will be completed. Be leery of any fencing contractors that ask for full payment up front; 30 to 50 percent is reasonable, with the balance due after the fence installation is complete.

We are Allied Gate Company Inc., a fence contractor of the highest quality in beautiful Phoenix and serve the Phoenix Metro area for your fencing needs. Please contact us at 480-516-0275 or visit our website at http://www.alliedgate.com for more information. 

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