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Choosing lacework for the home

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Chatterton Lacework  offers useful advice on choosing lacework for the home.

With the range of options available in terms of material, finish and design, selecting the right type of lacework can be complicated for homeowners. This article aims to explain the different choices available for lacework and their respective benefits or advantages so that homeowners can make the correct selection for their homes.

Cast Iron or Aluminium Lacework

Chatterton Lacework has added a new range of cast iron lacework to their collection, allowing homeowners to choose between cast iron and aluminium on some designs. Though cast iron was the material of choice when lacework was first used in Australia back in the late 1800s, aluminium has become popular in recent decades thanks to its light weight and non-rusting and non-corroding properties.

Cast iron lacework from Chatterton Lacework is zinc plated to ensure a longer lifespan for the product. Cast iron lacework is authentic and is ideal for old original Victorian homes or terraces.

Hand Paint or Powder Coat

Chatterton Lacework recommends that all aluminium lacework should be powder coated rather than hand painted as powder coating has a lifetime guarantee and offers a smooth and consistent finish compared to hand painting. However, if one chooses a hand painted finish, an etch primer should be applied prior to painting to enable the paint to adhere better to the aluminium surface.

Cast iron lacework comes with two coats of powder coating, which helps to cover up any rust or corrosion that may eventually occur in the future. Chatterton Lacework encourages hand painting of cast iron lacework, preceded by an etch primer application.

Single Sided or Double Sided Lacework

This is an important factor for some homeowners when it comes to choosing a lacework design for their home. Many people prefer to have double sided lacework so that the details of the pattern are still clearly evident from inside their veranda or through the windows that look out through their veranda. While Chatterton Lacework’s range includes a large proportion of single sided designs, they do stock a few double sided designs. The most common among the double sided lacework designs are the Birmingham, Bristol and Victoria.

Heritage RequirementsSome areas, particularly the older inner city locations, can be subject to heritage requirements that are stringently applied especially during alterations or restorations in old original houses, terraces and mansions. Chatterton Lacework has experience in working on jobs with heritage requirements. Homeowners can contact their local councils to know whether their properties are subject to heritage rules.

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