Ornamental Aluminum Fence is Wrought with New Options

Posted by Michelle Goodwin on Mon, Jun 08, 2015

Since its inception, Ornamental Aluminum fence have made a nice name for itself among homeowners and small business owners. Aluminum's versatile and pleasing profile has helped it to  become the chameleon of modern fencing.  For consumers who prefer a good blend of modernity and classical aesthetics, Ornamenal Aluminum fencing and gates come in a wide variety of options and several colors.

That's great for fences in Virginia as it has the ability to work extensively on both small and large landscapes.

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Until recently, there have been no options for these who really want that wrought iron look but haven't beenable to justify the labor, time or cost--consider the problem solved.PC Aluminum is an alternative fence application that uses a spray eco-friendly composite spray instead of wet aluminum paint. It's a dry powder is sprayed onto the fence, and static electricity keeps the powder on the enclosure long enough to get it to an oven. While in the heat it melts the plastic to cover the materials, and when the part cools the coating covers the aluminum as if it had been wet painted.The elements of the melted aluminum compote also delivers a unique solution that's twice the thickness and hardness of a typical baked enamel finish. 

Even the best quality (Class 1 Architectural) anodizing is only required to be .0007" thick; whereas paint or powder is generally 3x as thick.The result is an aluminum fence that is just as strong as a traditional steel enclosure. It looks and feels like cast or wrought iron. Best of all the cost of installation will be lower to install and substantially lighter on your wallet.

What about pool fences? Is it waterproof?
Yes, the new coating is not a paint in the traditional sense. While paint can flake, the poder coating will create a multiple textures and layyers that make watter hard to damage. So, splash away!. It also looks fantastic on a range of pool fence installations. The below links will give you a visual for  new aluminum fence options.

It's Not Just What's on The Outside That Counts. 
Think of the interior of your new aluminum fence as a small army of reinforced ribs acting as a retaining wall that supports your fence coating. Then, take a look at some of the many products that use this technolgy. Don't worry, links are here to help.
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What is the difference in terms of durability, scratch resistance, fade resistance, etc.?

Select local fence contractors may offer fence that has the new powder coat finish while others use the standard with a baked enamel finish. The durability and corrosion resistance of an organic finish (paint, powder coating, enamel, etc.) depends as much or more on the pre treatment (zinc plating, iron phosphate, zinc phosphate, sandblast, solvent wipe) than on the finish coat. Furthermore, there are many different resins (polyester, epoxy, etc.) The result of this is that, a consumer really can't predict the durability of a finish; all you can go by is the reputation of the supplier.

If this breakthrough alternative application is exclusive and new, how can I be sure I'm getting what I expect?

Have no fear, the AMMA is here to protect you against fraudulent or poorly made materials on fencing of any kind. AAMA standards are developed and in place in response to the needs of contracting companies to solve critical issues in the industry.They serve are companies of all sizes. AAMA is recognized around the world for the development of standards that provide third-party validation of product performance and quality.You can read more about the AAMA here

If you need to find an exclusive local fence contractor that has access to this new fence option for your home or business, this link to Sonco Fence Worldwide or this Residential Brochure can fill you in on what you, your local fencing company and pocket book need to know.  

 Other Helpful resources for Ornamental Aluminum Fence Coatings and Materials

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The 1st Monument: Iron Fence preserves America's earliest history.

Posted by Michelle Goodwin on Sun, Dec 08, 2013

Boundary Stone in Patrick Henry Apartments  Arlington Boundary Stones

The Boundary Markers of the Original District of Columbia are the 40 milestones that mark the four lines forming the boundaries between the states of Maryland and Virginia and the square of 100 square miles (259 km²) of federal territory that became the District of Columbia in 1801.While abandoned long ago, these structures are actually our nations first perimeter marker.

The Residence Act of July 16, 1790, as amended March 3, 1791, authorized President George Washington to select a 100-square-mile site for the national capital on the Potomac River between Alexandria, Virginia, and Williamsport, Maryland.

President Washington selected the southernmost location within these limits, so that the capital would include all of present-day Old Town Alexandria, then one of the four busiest ports in the country. Acting on instructions from Secretary of State Thomas Jefferson, Major Andrew Ellicott began surveying the ten-mile square on February 12, 1791.  

The stones had all but disappeared but were recovered by volunteers from the Maryland Society of Surveyors while working on a resurvey of the D.C. line. David R. Doyle of Silver Spring, Maryland, placed the marker in his garage in 1991. Just south of Washington DC in Arlington, A survey team in 1791 led by Major Andrew Ellicott placed these fenced in markers. A humbly sit 39 milestones that mark the four lines forming the boundaries between the states of Maryland and Virginia and the square of 100 square miles (259 km²) of federal territory that became the District of Columbia in 1801.

Before the surveyors stepped in, the relics of our nation's infant stage had been ignored and were largely unknown, even by those who live a few feet from them. No one has been quite sure what to do with them for more than 200 years. 
Only one, the boundary stone in is a National Landmark. The other 39 are on the National Register of Historic Places, but receive no federal preservation money and no maintainence.
Some of the stones are all but gone, some have been moved to accommodate road and building construction and others have been stolen or lost, according to the Nation’s Capital Boundary Stones Committee’s Boundarystones.org site. All 10 stones within Arlington’s limits are authentic originals. They are at the following locations: 

  1. North side of Walter Reed Parkway 100+ feet east of intersection with King Street. Only the stump of this stone remains. Its current condition is consistent with Woodward's 1908 report that the "stone is broken, and the top seems to be lost. The entire base, with a few inches of the finished portion, was found lying on the ground in approximately the same spot where it had originally been placed." This stone is now nearly 45 feet from its original position and is enclosed by wrought iron fencing structures that protect and preserve them. 5000 block, Old Dominion Drive (private residence)
  2. 3000 block, N. Powhatan Street (private residence)Andrew Ellicott Park, 2824 N. Arizona Street
  3. Benjamin Banneker Park, 1701 N. Van Buren Street
  4. In the parking lot of Patrick Henry Apartments Complex, the 6000 block of Wilson Blvd
  5. Carlin Springs Elementary School parking lot
  6. The median on the 1000 block of S. Jefferson Street
  7. The north side of the 2700 block of S. Walter Reed Drive
  8. Fairlington Village, King Street, between S. Wakefield Street and I-395 
Four of the forty original boundary markers were not in or near their original locations in 2006. Three of these had been replaced with protective gate markers. Below, summaries of some of the most intriguing stones and their current locations.

Southwest No. 2 Boundary Marker

7 Russell Road: east side of Russell Road just north of King Street. This is neither the original stone nor the original location. Baker and Woodward reported the original stone to be missing as of the late 1800s, and DAR records show that the current stone was placed at this location in 1920. The original stone was located about 0.35 northwest of this replacement. According to Woodward, the original "stone was evidently placed on the east side, and very close to, [King Street], on the eastern side of Shuter's Hill, in a subdivision" now called Rosemont.  
SW Boundnary stone  Southwest Boundary Stone  

Southeast No. 4 Boundary Marker

Adjacent to Fairlington Village at the edge of east side of King Street between S. Wakefield Street and Route 395. According to Woodward, farm plows had destroyed the top of this stone by the early 1900s. After being repositioned when the highway was widened, the remaining portion of the stone has sunk very low into the ground but is still safe from vandalism or street traffic thanks to an ornamental fence enclosure.

Southwest No. 5 Boundary Marker

North side of Walter Reed Parkway 100+ feet east of intersection with King Street. Only the stump of this stone remains. Its current condition is consistent with Woodward's 1908 report that the "stone is broken, and the top seems to be lost. The entire base, with a few inches of the finished portion, was found lying on the ground in approximately the same spot where it had originally been placed." This stone is now nearly 45 feet from its original position and secured by a specialty fence Specialty Fence.

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RVA's Most Intriguing Fence Project: Tucked Away at MCV/VCU Downtown Campus

Posted by Michelle Goodwin on Fri, Nov 22, 2013
Among all the buildings in Historic Richmond, VCU's Egyptian Building is certainly one of the most fascinating. This Replica of an Egyptian temple is tucked away between Broad St. and  the VCU/MCV Colleges of Virginia.  
Richmond Fence    Egyptian VCU Fence

 The building was erected in 1845 as the home for Hampden-Sydney College’s Medical school, the first in the south. It is currently part of the campus of the Medical College of Virginia (a branch of Virginia Commonwealth University) and is the emblem of the campus.

VCU Egyptian Building

Richmond Iron Fence

The building was designed by Philadelphia architect Thomas S. Stewart in the Egyptian revival style. Egyptian imagery is common in the field of medicine as the first physician in western history is often cited as Imhotep. Imhotep was also the first recorded architect of the western world. Egyptian forms had been adapted for funerary and medical buildings previously but MCV’s Egyptian Building took this influence uncommonly far.
On the interior, the lotus flower design is used repeatedly. The colors are deeply symbolic and have a mystic meaning:red represents divine love, blue represents divine intelligence and the golden yellow represents the mercy of God. 
Hieroglyphics are incorporated in the lobby decorations, and the floor tiles depict a large scarab beetle. The building is filled with glyphs, antiquated symbols, and even quotes from hymns praising the gods Aten and Amun.
However, the facade of the building is not merely an Egyptian entry sutured onto a neoclassic building. Rather a complete egyptian expression. Its obelisk gate, papyrus columns, monumental windowless surfaces, and harsh contrast between shadows and highlights give it it's distinct Egyptian effect. Rarely do people guess from a photograph that the building is five stories high due to its deceivingly sculptural facade.
Some significant architectural elements of VCU/MCV's Egyptian Building include:
  • battered walls become thinner from the bottom up give an impression of solidarity and height
  • diamond paned windows incorporated without a style break
  • columns of reeds bunched together with palm leaf capitals
  • cast iron fences with mummy cases forged by R.W. Barnes of Richmond, Virginia.
One of the most creative and intentional displays of exterior fencing elements The city of Richmond has seen in the past century and a half are the Egyptian Building's carefully constructed cast iron gates and galvanized fencing emulating ancient Egyptian Sarcophagi mummies.
Wondering how such detailed iron gate structures are made? "This Old House" gives you a look into modern Wrought iron and metal molding processes.

Fence Architecture Richmond  Egyptian Fence Architecture Richmond

Richmond's Egyptian Building has remained in continuous use since its completion and all of the Egyptian Building's unique architectural qualities have landed it on the list of National Historic Landmarks.
The Egyptian Building was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1969. It is considered to be the finest example of Egyptian Revival Architecture in the United States-Virginia. The building was restored in 1939 by Richmond based the architects, Baskervill. At the time of restroration the interior of the building as well as the exterior landscape was rejuvinated carrying on the classic Egyptian Revival style.
To visit VCU's Egyptian Building head over to:
VCU MAPS and discover a rare part of Richmond's architectural history nestled in your own backyard.
You can also browse more timeless Cast Iron Ornamental Fence Installations at The Church Hill People's News.

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