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Is Stone Strong Enough To Be Used In Outdoor Railings?

If you are designing or upgrading an external terrace or balcony area, some kind of natural stone railing system may come to mind. After all, well-chosen stone conveys a strong sense of style, looks good when it's new and when it weathers, and should, therefore, be strong enough to stand the test of time. Indeed, as many of our historic[...]

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When Is The Best Time To Use Cable Railings?

Cable railings are a surprisingly versatile assembly of twisted and tensioned wire ropes strung between vertical wood or metal posts. Topped with a guard rail to provide safety and support, cable railings can be used in any location where you might use a conventional glass and steel balustrade system. So given this welcome, all-purpose[...]

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Structural Steel Fabrication, Metal Fabrication in Norwich

How Do We Guarantee Accurate Quotations For All Of Our Projects?

Getting an accurate, reasonable, and appropriate quotation for your project is one of the most important parts of planning any new steel build. But how is it possible to get an accurate estimate before the parts are purchased, manufactured, and assembled?

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Structural Steel Fabrication

5 Key Advantages Of Using Structural Steel In Construction

Structural steel refers to any type of steel that is moulded and cut for use in building large-scale inhabited and communal structures, such as apartment buildings, factories, and skyscrapers.

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Structural Steel Fabrication

How Can I Weatherproof My Steel Fabrications?

A steel structure placed outdoors for any length of time will inevitably have to contend with damage from nature and the elements. While steel is, thankfully, all but immune to pests and melting and warping (in normal conditions), rain, wind, and snow can reduce the appearance, surface hardness, and the structural integrity of exposed steel[...]

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Structural Steel Fabrication, Metal Fabrication in Norwich, Plasma Cutting

What Is Metal Fabrication?

Metal fabrication is an umbrella term used to describe the creation of a component, part or structure, out of metal. Metal fabrication typically involves manipulating raw materials, in the form of sheet metal, metal billets, bars or rods, through one or more processes – including, but by no means limited to, cutting, bending and assembly – to[...]

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Structural Steel Fabrication, Handrailing Fabrication

The Importance Of Finishes On Metal Handrails

Handrails are primarily a critical safety feature, a way for people to move safely up and down flights of stairs or steps, particularly in cold or wet weather when the surface under their feet may be slippery.

Handrail manufacturing is governed by health and safety legislation with regulations defining aspects such as their position and height.[...]

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Structural Steel Fabrication, Metal Fabrication in Norwich, Plasma Cutting

3 Stainless Steel Finishing Options

Stainless steel is a hard, strong, ductile material, which is easily fabricated and modified, with excellent resistance to corrosion. Consequently, stainless steel is suitable for a variety of structural and decorative applications in the building sector and elsewhere, but surface finish remains an important consideration.

The majority of[...]

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Security Gates, Security Gates & Barriers

What Should Be Considered When Designing Security Barriers And Bollards?

Whether you’re a residential or business customer, security barriers and bollards are your first line of defence when protecting your property and possessions. Once the preserve of high-class car dealers to thwart thefts from their forecourts, crash barriers and bollards are now commonplace.

They prevent unauthorised entry onto a property,[...]

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Structural Steel Fabrication

What Are The Advantages Of Interclamp?

Handrails, metal fences and barriers play an important role for businesses, protecting customers and property, so strength and durability are vital. Welding the parts of these structures is one option but this increases the time and cost of fabrication as well as complicating on-site assembly.

Interclamp, however, offers a reliable and[...]

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