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Frequently Asked Questions
Can I automate my gates & how much will it cost?
Yes Cast iron gates can be automated there are two ways to automate. You can use a ram arm which is the cheapest method. Downside to the ram system is that it will be visible through the gate. Alternatively you can use an underground automation motor and sit the gate on a shoe on the arm of the motor.
We supply all automation options as well as keypads and accessories; we can advise which option would suit your gate best. We are a main distributor of DEA (Market leader) automation and can offer great deals on all our automation kits.
The gates will not fit my driveway opening?
There are a number of ways that we can fit your gates. Matching railing panels can be provided to fill in the gaps if your drive opening is too big, once completed there will be no visual appearance different to a complete gate. For very large driveways pedestrian gates can be added or panels, we have not yet supplied gates have not been completed. If you would like to discuss this in more details please ring for a friendly chat
Will you install my gates? Automate or supply only?
We supply only!!! We have an independent list of installers and qualified tradesmen that have been fitting and installing gates for our customers over many years and continue to do so.
Works that can be undertaken by our independent team of experts are as follows
Complete civil works (any ground work needed done before gates can be installed) this can include digger, concrete etc
Basically any job can be completed no matter how tough please ring for details.
Gates are not painted why?
Cast iron gates are very heavy even with the upmost care and diligence it is quite likely that they will get scratched, if they were supplied with final paint finish this would compromise the finished look. Our cast iron gates are supplied with a primed finish ready for the final top coat. This should be done once gates have been installed and completed.
What type of paint should I use?
Any anti rust paint can be used which can be purchased at any local hardware store.
During the Victorian era cast iron was in great demand throughout Great Britain, America and South Australia. In South Australia, this demand reached it’s climax in the last quarter of the 19th century. Thousands of villas, cottages, houses and maisonettes were enhanced by local ironfounders and blacksmiths which have become an integral part of South Australia’s heritage
One of the most famous foundries was the Sun Foundry, which was set up by Colin Stewart and Allen Cameron Harley. Colin Stewart left Glasgow and his position in the original Sun Foundry to travel to Australia. It seems likely that Stewart bought out the Fulton Foundry in Adelaide, and with a Mr Harley established the Sun Foundry of Harley and Stewart around 1867. AC Harley bought out Harley and Stewart in 1910, but retained the foundry name, becoming Forwood Down & Co Ltd in 1924. It is not known if this was undertaken with the blessing of George Smith & Co Ltd, the original founders of the Sun Foundry in Glasgow.
The Glasgow Sun Foundry produced a range of excellent designs for gates, railings, bandstands, and their speciality, ornamental fountains. One of the best examples of Scottish architectural ironwork is their fountain in Fountain Gardens, Paisley, complete with cast iron walruses and rocks. There is also a wonderful example of the Sun Foundry’s work in The People’s Park, Dun Laoghaire, Co. Dublin. It is from the Australian reprint of the Harley and Stewart catalogue containing the Glasgow foundry’s original designs that our collections are inspired.