Ok So I am asked this question a lot , so let me start off by saying the answer to that question depends on a few variable’s ,so let me break them down one by one.
The first thing I look at when asked this question is the overall Condition of the existing railings. If they are in reasonable shape, no heavy rusting or rotting at the base and don’t need too much rework, that’s a good start, for being a candidate for reinstallation. Below is an example of a railing that should be replaced due to many factors, like multiple layers of flaking paint, rotted pipe at leg bases and bent pipe. But ultimately in this case money was the driving factor and they elected for us to just cut the rail at the base & add baseplates and repair the broken welds. So that’s what we did.
Full replacement is recommended for this rail
The next thing we consider is if your got a stoop makeover then sometimes the platform is going to be short because a lot of people get a brick face and new bluestone added on top of their old stoop which didn’t have that brick fascia prior which means the platform gets longer usually by 5-6 ” or so thus making the railing platform short. So the proper way to fix this is to add extensions on to the back of the rail to compensate for the longer platform which is doable but will add to the cost of the reinstallation. and lastly some mason contractors opt to just cut the railing out flush with the old concrete and leave the remnants of the rail legs in the old concrete, then just cover it up with the new stoop materials, sometimes this creates a problem because when we get called to reinstall the railings we can’t see the location of the steel legs that are under the new stoop materials. So what can happen is when we start drilling the new holes there is a possibility that we can encounter the steel a few inches into drilling which means we would have to move the railing over somewhat to avoid the steel that should have never been left in the old stoop. Should this happen all we can do is relocate the holes & patch the holes up that we had to relocate. Please understand this is not our fault but the fault of the mason contractor. Also please note this could also be the case if we make new railings in the same situation.
Of course while using your old railing may save you a few bucks the best thing to do is get new ones made to fit your new stoop. That way it complements your new stoop and then you will have the opportunity to get a maintenance free finish on your new railings. With that coating you will have a 10 year warranty against rust! So you can relax and enjoy life instead of having to make a date with your railings to do a sand and repaint ,then another date with your power washer to remove the rust stains off your new stoop.
I started the company in april of 1987. Here is my story:
E.F. Ironworks & Construction Corp.
241 N Fehr way Site # 3
Bay Shore NY 11706
Ph : 631-242-4766 thats 631 242 IRON
I guess It was my destiny to be a Decorative/Structural Ironworker I started right out of High School. I happened to be searching for a job, and ended up working for an Ornamental Iron Shop back in 1981, I worked there for about 3 1/2 years, learning all aspects of Decorative Iron Railings, fabrication and installation technique. I found myself laid off in 1984. I then ended up working for a large structural steel fabrication Nationwide Steel, This shop was quite organized. They had 3 overhead cranes a beamline & many other large iron working tools , It was here where I honed my welding skills & achieved certification for vertical up (3G) welding & learned all the facets of fabricating & erecting steel buildings and staircases. In 1986 I purchased a flatbed truck & portable welder & started to rent out my truck and welding equipment to Nationwide Steel on a weekly basis, Not long after this the company decided to close its doors to concentrate on its roofing business, With that, I decided to go it alone and in April of 1987, formally started my own business named E.F. Ironworks, I started subcontracting installations and field work from other railing & structural shops who got the word I was available at a reasonable rate. I even did a lot of work for the Ironworks where I started my career. From that point I ended up getting a small shop (1500 sq. feet) to work out of with a friend who was also starting a similar business under a different name, we shared tools & each had a small desk with separate phone line each answering the phone by our respective names. We shared the shop for 2 or 2-1/2 years until he ended up moving out & I took over the whole shop by myself. I was there for another year or so when I finally outgrew the shop & had to move to a new 3000 sq. foot shop. At this point I had a great reputation & obtained lots of work by referral.
Finally we moved to our present location in which we have about 3500 sq. feet with an overhead crane and yard space, Still a relatively small operation you will be dealing directly with me the owner
1980-1983 worked in an ornamental iron shop learning all aspects of the ornamental railing business
1983-1986 worked in a structural steel Shop learning all facets of steel beam & staircase fabrication and Erection
1987 Officially opened E.F. Ironworks
1988 Got 1st shop 1500 sq. feet shared with another company 750.00 sq. each
1991 The other company moved out we took over the 1500.00 Sq. foot Building
1994 moved to a new location approx. 3000 sq. foot building
1998 moved to our present location of 3500 Square feet with overhead crane and yard space