A Custom Gate Takes Time, But How Much?

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One of the most common questions that we get from customers as we are getting started on their project or when they are deciding in if they want a wrought iron gate is “How long will this take.” And, although we always do our best to quote the best timeline possible for these kinds of projects, there are a lot of variables that go into dictating how long it will take to complete. Considering that each job is custom made for each customer, more variables than usual can end up adding or subtracting from the initial timeline. So, below I am going to walk through all the different variables that go into the timeline for these kinds of projects so that you can better understand everything that goes into this.

Ultimately, three main variables have an impact on this. They variables are: the size of the job, the complexity of the design and the difficulty of the installation.

Size of the job

The size of the job has a significant impact on how long it will take to finish your project. The reason being is that this dictates how much raw material we have to order, which can change the shipping time. Additionally, the larger the job the more man hours it takes to complete tit as there is more to put together. We are always working as quickly as we can. However, we never want to compromise quality for the sake of getting a job done more quickly.

Complexity of Design

Additionally, the complexity of the design has an impact on the project timeline because the more complex the design (such as accents and custom dimensions) the more work has to go into the project as it is spent on creating the accents and custom crafting your wrought Iron gate to your specifications. For example, a gate with floral designs will take more time than a gate with simple bars.

Difficulty of Installation

Lastly, the more difficult it is to install the gate the more time it is going to take. This includes the drive time to the location, the size of the job as there is more to transport, as well as if we have to install through concrete if it is on a hill and so forth. Each one requires more equipment, more planning and more time spent making sure that everything is in working order.

One other factor that can have an impact on the timeline of the job is the time of year. Usually, we get swamped during the summer, so if you want the best chances of having your project done quickly, then you should try to reach out to us during the winter as that is when we have the most time to spend on projects.

Because of all these factors, it can be tough to give an accurate timeline for a project, but we hope that now you better understand why and know that we always do our best to be as precise as possible. However, due to the number of moving variables, there are times where it may move a bit slower, and we appreciate your patience as we work our hardest to get you your custom gate as quickly as possible.

If you were on the fence ( no pun intended) about getting a new wrought iron gate for your home, you can email me at bill@irishiron.com to get a free estimate. We look forward to helping you create your dream gate!