How to hire a fencing, railing, or gate contractor.

Posted: February 15, 2011 in construction, howto, Uncategorized
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There are some basic things everyone should take into consideration when hiring an ornamental Ironworks contractor.
Company should be licensed (H.I.C.- Home Improvement Contractors license) In our case we are. In NYC the licensing agency would be D.C.A (Dept. Of Consumer affairs)

I believe you should always ask for 3 to 5 references.
If possible ask to see past work, or at least photos of past work.
Contractor should have experience in his field, and so should his employees.
Insurance is a must, general liability (covers property damage), workers compensation (covers employees and you from on the job related injuries.)
Finish is everything! Make sure the finish work they are providing is what you are looking for and don’t be afraid to insist on clean welds, ground smooth. That is quality workmanship.

Make sure they offer good painting services, using quality paint.  Always insist on primer.

Visit the shop. It’s always good to stop by, and check out what goes on during the company’s daily operations.
Last but not least, I believe its good practice to try and get 3 or 4 quotes. Sometimes the cheapest doesn’t mean its the best. Something is up…either quality of materials, or workmanship will suffer. The highest price doesn’t mean you’re getting the best stuff either. I think the mid-level prices are your best bet. Also, if you like a certain contractor, don’t be afraid to ask him to get closer to the budget you had in mind for your project. Visit Icarus Group Inc for more information on New York City Iron works.



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