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Railing Contractor For Custom Wrought-Iron Railings

New Orleans is known for many things: festival, jambalaya, the bayou, and more. One of the most distinctive features of New Orleans landscapes and homes is our ornate wrought-iron railings – it’s why we’re sometimes called “the city of iron lace.”

These railings were introduced in the 1800s and carried into modern style, gracing the balconies, gates, and homes of New Orleans residents and businesses.

If you’d like to add New Orleans style to your home (without dipping into your retirement fund), these wrought-iron railings are the way to go. At Crescent City Iron Works, all ironwork is created from scratch, in-house right here in NOLA.

Railings New Orleans - Crescent Iron WorksThis process not only ensures we offer high-quality products, but cuts out the “middleman” markups. Our custom railings are an affordable and high-quality way to add New Orleans flair to any home or business.

If you’re considering installing exterior balcony railings or French quarter-style railings, our designers can talk with you about creating a design that matches your personal style while reflecting the unmatched architectural heritage of New Orleans.

About New Orleans Exterior Railings

Our city has unique roots. Since the mid-1800s, our city has been partly defined by our detailed New Orleans style gate railings, New Orleans style iron posts, and more.

Many of the wrought-iron railings in our city are 100-200 years old, because with proper care, wrought iron railings last indefinitely.

The story behind New Orleans-style railings

When wrought-iron railings became “trendy” in the mid-1800s, the city was already equipped with dozens of blacksmiths (unlike other regions). New Orleans’ craftsmen quickly supplied the growing demand for ornate balconies; in fact, many of them “signed” their work with their initials or other symbols worked into the New Orleans style iron posts on their railings. Before long, the NOLA metro area was known as the “city of iron lace.”

Bringing history into your home

Porch New Orleans - Crescent Iron WorksToday, wrought iron railings remain an important part of our heritage and design. Your home can be a part of this story with our exterior railings with high quality wrought iron.

We offer custom work that can fit your budget and your home design. Call us to learn more about the many options we make available, from dramatically ornate gates to French quarter-style railings.

About our wrought iron terrace railings

At Crescent City Iron Works, we believe wrought iron is one of the highest-quality exterior and interior railings that can be installed.

Here are a few of the ways our railings can improve your home:

  • Elaborate, custom designs available to match or complement your fencing, security door, windows, or interior railings
  • Last indefinitely even with inclement weather: Wood exterior railings will eventually rot, no matter how well-made they may be. Wrought-iron, on the other hand, will last indefinitely with proper care: they won’t even rust if properly painted every 1-5 years.
  • Provide safety from slips and falls. As wrought-iron fences are welded together, you don’t need to worry about posts or railings “coming loose” unexpectedly.
  • Durable even with kids, pets, and crazy weather. From unrelenting hail to teething puppies to adventurous kids, there are many things that can (unintentionally) chip away at wood railings. Wrought iron railings, on the other hand, can stand up to even the harshest wear and tear.

Why wrought iron, and not some other metal?

At Crescent City Iron Works, we believe wrought iron is one of the highest-quality exterior railings that can be installed.

Here are a few of the ways our railings can improve your home:

  • Elaborate, custom designs available to match or complement your fencing, security door, windows, or interior railings
  • Last indefinitely even with inclement weather: Wood exterior railings will eventually rot, no matter how well-made they may be. Wrought-iron, on the other hand, will last indefinitely with proper care: they won’t even rust if properly painted every 1-5 years.
  • Provide safety from slips and falls. As wrought-iron fences are welded together, you don’t need to worry about posts or railings “coming loose” unexpectedly.
  • Durable even with kids, pets, and crazy weather. From unrelenting hail to teething puppies to adventurous kids, there are many things that can (unintentionally) chip away at wood railings. Wrought iron railings, on the other hand, can stand up to even the harshest wear and tear.

Why wrought iron, and not some other metal?

We know that as a homeowner, you probably want to consider all your options before choosing a material for exterior railings. To help with this decision, we’ve listed a few reasons we prefer wrought iron to other metals below:

  • Wrought iron is stronger than cast iron when it’s completed, giving you peace of mind about the security of your railing.
  • Even though it’s stronger than cast iron when finished, wrought iron is more lithe and moldable during crafting. This allows us to create a variety of beautiful designs for your railing.
  • Some people consider aluminum railings. We don’t recommend them; you’ll likely need to replace these types of railings after a few years, while a wrought-iron railing should not need to be replaced in your lifetime (unless you decide to change your design).

Locally-owned and operated

Crescent City Iron Works is proud to provide wrought-iron railings for the NOLA metropolitan area. As a locally owned and operated company, we believe that investing in our clients is investing in our community.

Our craftsmen have studied New Orleans decorative railing styles and create their wrought-iron work locally – so when you hire us, you know you’re getting an authentic New Orleans product.

Here are a few other reasons we’re the top railing contractor in New Orleans:

  • Expertise in Exterior Railings for New Orleans: We’ve not only studied New Orleans designs, but we’ve installed countless railings for local residents.
  • Custom options available: While we enjoy creating traditional New Orleans exterior balcony railings, we’re capable of designing almost any railing that you can imagine.
  • Top reviews by our clients: We’ve spent 30 years in the NOLA metro area cultivating a reputation for craftsmanship, reliability, and customer satisfaction.
  • Repair services if necessary: A properly-maintained wrought iron railing should last a lifetime, but we know – sometimes, life happens, and you miss your maintenance. If your railing is beginning to rust or break down, we can repair it for you.
  • “Near me” service: We aren’t a faceless company in some faraway city; we live here. New Orleans is our number one priority (in fact, it’s our only priority). When you call us, you know you’ll get the personalized attention you deserve.

Other Services

After adding your custom gate railings and terrace railings, you may decide to upgrade other areas of your home as well.

Here are a few of the other services we can help with:

  • New Orleans-style interior railings to match your new wrought iron French-quarter style railings
  • Custom wrought iron fences that can secure your property while increasing your curb appeal
  • Double swing driveway gates to create a grand entrance to your New Orleans home (while adding a layer of security)
  • And more!

Driving Directions

Crescent City Iron Works is 13 minutes away from Preservation Hall and is 7 minutes away from Tulane University.

Directions from Preservation Hall—Head northwest on St Peter toward Bourbon St and then turn left onto N Rampart St. Continue straight onto S Rampart St and then take St Charles Ave to Magazine St and then turn right onto Magazine St.

Directions from Tulane University— Head southwest on St Charles Ave toward St Charles Ave and then turn right onto Napoleon Ave and then turn left onto Magazine St.

About New Orleans

We’ve built our business in New Orleans because the culture, energy, and community here is unlike any other. If you’ve just moved here, welcome! You’ll enjoy exploring our artistic, diverse, and friendly city.

Here are a few of our favorite places:

  • The French Quarter: Yes, its cliché, but it’s also a beautiful area full of history, art, and good food. Once in a while, on a day you have the energy to elbow your way through a few crowds, make your way here for the best gumbo and antique shopping in the metro area.
  • The Steamboat Natchez: New Orleans was built on the Mississippi River, and much of our history and culture centers around the river. The Steamboat Natchez gives you an opportunity to experience this culture first-hand with live shows, exceptional food, and live music.
  • Barataria Preserve: This park offers guided tours as well as hiking paths, where you can spot crocodiles, turtles, and more New Orleans wildlife in their natural habitat (as opposed to, say, around your neighbor’s pool).

Resources

The Storytelling Ironwork of New Orleans (Atlas Obscura)
Get A Catchy Balcony Using These 60 Best Railings Designs (Pouted Magazine)
Wrought Iron Balcony Railing (Houzz)

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Crescent City Iron Works
3436 Magazine St., Suite #120-B
New Orleans, LA 70115

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