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If you’ve spent any time on our website, you’ve probably heard or seen the term ‘finials’ mentioned frequently. The term ‘finials’ is probably one you aren’t familiar with, so today I wanted to describe what they are and how they blow away the look of our competitor’s iron and aluminum fences.
A finial is the decorative tip on top of the fence and gate pickets. We think they are an important piece of any authentic iron or aluminum piece. Why? Because this finial tip is what gives iron and aluminum fence its iconic look. It’s the decorative element that makes the fence and gates more decorative art instead of a simple building material. Finials are one of the key elements that set Iron Fence Shop apart from all our competitors. We weld a solid iron or solid aluminum finial tip on top of all our fence and gate pickets STANDARD.
You amy have seen finials on other company’s brochures or website, but dig a little further and you will find what is typically being offered by our competitors is either not a true finial or a subpar imitation. Let’s take a closer look at exactly what you are getting form not only Iron Fence Shop, but our competitors as well.
On our Iron Fence Shop pieces, both our iron and aluminum pieces feature the welded on finials standard. Some information on the finials themselves:
• Our finials are made of solid iron or aluminum and welded to the top of picket all around the base, making it a permanent part of the fence or gate.
• They are sand-cast finials meaning that a mold of the finial is made and then molten iron or aluminum is poured in to form the piece. Sand-casting gives the rough, organic texture that you just don’t get from a die-cast or plastic piece.
• Our style of sand-cast, welded on finial what was used in old world, hand wrought pieces were made 100+ years ago
Now let’s move to what is most widely used by our competitors. They typically don’t utilize a finial, but instead use a ‘pinch’ or ‘crimp’ top style picket. Some information on the pinch top pickets:
• Instead of a welded on finial, they stick the picket into a machine that smashes the end of the picket together and then trims it to a triangular shape.
• It has a very “builder’s grade” look. The profile from the side shows how thin the pinch top is. So you not only have a point on top, but it’s very thin too.
• The other fence manufacturers didn’t do this because it looked best or was desired by customers. They did it because its much easier and cheaper to do.
If you see a price on an iron or aluminum fence panel online or at one of the big box stores, I can almost guarantee this is the ‘standard’ picket top look that they are offering.
The other option from our competitors that you will run into is the one that confuses folks the most. They see the finial shape and think “same thing as what iron fence shop offers”. Ah, but its not! Here are a few truths about the other finials you are likely seeing offered out there:
• It is almost always an upgrade charge to get them. Just like car manufacturers put the top of the line model with options in all their advertising, fence makers do the same. At a cost ranging from $1 to $5 per finial, that’s anywhere from $20 to $100 extra per panel to have those finials included.
• To add insult to injury, the finials not only increase the price, but they are pretty poor quality as well. Instead of a solid iron or aluminum piece, they are either die-cast aluminum or plastic.
• The die-cast aluminum is better than plastic, but not by much. Die-casting is different from our sand-casting process and it produces thinner, smaller finials than what we offer.
• The plastic finial option is the worse. Besides looking bad up close, they are very easy to break and tend to rapidly fade. So you end up with a black fence and gray faded finials after a year or so in the sun
• Lastly, the press-ons are as the name implies. Instead of being welded on, they are simply pressure fit or pushed on. Even with glue to hold them, this typically means ‘easy on, easy off’. There’s quite a business in replacing these finial tips as they tend to disappear as soon as kids realize they can be pulled off or broken easily.
I hope this information has helped show why we love our welded finials so much. I mean, for around the same price, what would you want on your fence or gate?
• An authentic iron or aluminum finial?
• A builders grade looking pinch top?
• Or a cheap imitation that is easily broken or pulled off?
Got further questions about our welded iron and aluminum finials? Give us a call at 800-261-2729 or shoot an email to email@example.com. We look forward to hearing from you!
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