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What to consider when choosing lacework for the home

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Wrought iron specialist Chatterton Lacework recommends a few tips to homeowners who are considering lacework for their homes.

Lacework adds to the appeal and character of the home, creating a distinct appearance in the entire neighbourhood. There are however, several factors to be considered when choosing lacework to suit the home.

Height of the veranda

The height of the veranda is an important factor in selecting lacework. Lower height verandas, more common in new houses are best matched with options such Small Maldon (215mm), Galaxy (110mm), Sovereign (130mm) and Snowflake (130mm).

Many of Chatterton Lacework’s popular lacework designs have a depth of about 250mm such as the Victoria (250mm), the Clover (255mm) and the Berwick (260mm), and suit the old Victorian and Edwardian style homes built back in the late 1800s and early 1900s.

For those very high traditional style Victorian homes, Chatterton Lacework’s large range of Key Frieze is often a good way to lower the height of the veranda. With timber placed underneath the Key Frieze and a corner at each end, it can add character to the home without being too overwhelming.

Turns on posts

Turns are often found on decorative Victorian style posts about half way up the post. As the post needs to have a flat surface where the lacework will be fitted to, one needs to ensure that the turns of the posts will leave enough room between them and the top of the veranda. If this isn’t accounted for, it may leave the end of the corner overhanging the decorative turns.

Cast iron or aluminium lacework

Chatterton Lacework’s new range of cast iron lacework now extends the choice for the customer with an option of cast iron or aluminium on some designs. Early lacework in the 1800s was mostly produced in cast iron but aluminium has become popular in recent decades due to its light weight and rust-free and corrosion-free properties.

Chatterton Lacework’s cast iron lacework is zinc plated to ensure a longer lifespan. However, it is the authenticity of cast iron lacework that offers a great benefit to those who own an old original Victorian home or terrace.

Hand paint or powder coat

Aluminium lacework should preferably be powder coated rather than hand painted as the powder coating has a lifetime guarantee and offers a smooth and consistent coat compared to the hand painted finish. However, if hand painting is preferred, Chatterton Lacework recommends using an etch primer so that the paint is able to stick to the aluminium better.

Cast iron lacework from Chatterton Lacework comes with two coats of powder coating to help cover up any rust or corrosion that may eventually occur in the future. Hand painting is also recommended for cast iron after etch priming the product.

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