Decorative, secure and private. Composite gates could be the answer

Often when considering having gates fitted it is because you want to keep something out, or in some cases in, and so security is the driving force behind the decision. Wrought iron gates are often thought to be more secure due to their weight and strength as opposed to timber gates. But what if you want some privacy too? Often wrought iron gates have gaps where people can see in (see example below) so maybe don’t offer the kind of privacy you are looking for. Composite gates can.

Wrought iron gate and panel with ball top installed in Greenfield

Combining the strength of the steel with the warm look of timber can be a good option and provides privacy (such as this one below) unlike the wrought iron gates.

Timber infill gate installed in Stalybridge

These look great and the steel frame and timber panels really do give the best of both worlds. However the timber needs treatment and maintenance which can be time consuming and a laborious task.

Another option is to have composite gates instead. They offer the same privacy but do not require any maintenance to them. A strong steel frame with maintenance free composite panels. Often they come in a range of colours, some even with a wood grain effect, and can be matched to the colour of your house or doors and windows. Here are some examples of composite panel gates we have installed

Composite panel gate in grey installed in Ashton under lyne
Composite panel gate in a light oak installed in Manchester
Steel framed gates clad with composite in Mahogany

You could even have the gate part panelled just to provide some privacy but still allow people to see in/out. Here are some examples

Part infill gate installed in Manchester
Composite in grey used in this part panelled gate fitted in Oldham

You can even include your house name on the gates to retain your privacy and security but to ensure people know where you are! This is an installation we carried out in Littleborough last year

Composite panel gate with house name fitted in Littleborough

We use the Heritage range of composite from Witchdeck which is a quality product. As stated before it requires little or no maintenance once fitted and comes in a range of colours shown here

Heritage composite range from Witchdeck

If you would like more information, or indeed a free quotation, please get in touch with us on 0161 303 7383. Alternatively email us at

Thanks, Karen

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Romeo, Romeo wherefore art thou Romeo?

Tips on installing a Juliet balcony

You can benefit from glazed doors and fresh air upstairs with the addition of a Juliet balcony to your home. A Juliet balcony is a flush or almost flush safety balustrade usually bolted to the outside of the house. It allows you to make the most of your view, let in natural daylight and give ventilation.

Ornate bowed bar balconies we added to this local development

A Juliet balcony can be a great addition to your home especially if a full balcony isn’t a viable option due to lack of space, planning issues or just aesthetics. A Juliet balcony is also usually more affordable than a full balcony and can often be installed without planning permission.

Stainless steel and tinted glass balcony rails

The name Juliet balcony comes from the Shakespeare play where Juliet romances Romeo from her balcony. The designs originated in the Mediterranean and became popular in the Georgian era hence the traditional style are metal railings with ornate details.

Ornate railings we installed in Cheshire

For modern homes glass designs are a popular option. They allow uninterrupted views and give a more contemporary look. As they are often used in bedrooms you could even consider adding frosted glass for extra privacy.

This stainless and glass balcony fits in with the renovation of this property
An example of a flush fitting Juliet balcony

Juliet balconies are subject to building regulations which govern the height and any gaps between metal bars in the panel. It is therefore important to find an experienced installer who not only knows the regulations but can work within them and provide options dependent on style, access and fitting.

For a free site visit and no obligation quote please get in touch on 0161 303 7383 or via email at


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What is Wrought Iron?

What is Wrought Iron?

wrought iron

noun: wrought iron; modifier noun: wrought-iron

  1. a tough malleable form of iron suitable for forging or rolling rather than casting, obtained by puddling pig iron while molten. It is nearly pure but contains some slag in the form of filaments.

Well, that is according to the dictionary! Wrought iron literally means worked iron and is iron that is easily formed into shapes by cutting, welding, bending etc. It is especially popular for making gates and railings such as here within our workshop

Welding wrought iron gates

Wrought iron is different than cast iron which is moulded using a cast and is used for small items such as pans as well as being used a lot years ago for making gates and railings but is not so popular now

All the wrought iron products we make are made from quality mild steel which is then worked into a number of products including our most popular products, gates and railings

Everything we make is bespoke and made to measure how you want it. We like to boast that we can make practically anything in wrought iron! Here are just a few examples of bespoke items we have made for our customers:-

Ornate boot scraper
Bespoke shoe rack
Welly rack

So if there is something you have seen that you like the look of, or just something you are considering having done, please get in touch for a free, no obligation quotation. We offer a service that includes design, manufacture, supply and installation. So rather than DIY you can have it all done for you! You can call us on 0161 303 7383 or email us at

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5 tips to get your garden summer ready

5 tips to get your garden summer ready

OK so it may not feel like summer is quite here yet but that is good. Good?! Why? Well its good as it gives you chance to work on getting your garden ready for you to enjoy when the sun does make an appearance! So here are our 5 tips for now to get your garden summer ready:-

Tip 1 – Plant out summer bedding

Now is the time to get your summer bedding plants in ready to flower and look gorgeous all summer long

Tip 2 – Tie in climbing and rambling roses

Climbing and rambling roses need help so tie them in now.  Our wrought iron garden arches and arbours are a great way of holding your climbing roses in place.  They also make a great garden feature too.  Here is an example of one:-

A detailed garden arch

Tip 3 – Stake tall or floppy plants

Just as with climbing roses tall plants need help keeping upright so they can grow so use a stick or something else to stick in the ground then tie them up too

Tip 4 – Position summer hanging baskets and containers outside

My favourite part of doing the gardening is putting the baskets and containers out full of flowers.  You may be surprised to know that wrought iron manufacturers like us also make planters and hanging basket brackets (like these pictured) and we think they look great.       

Tip 5 – Mow the lawn weekly

This is what I call a Marmite one!  You either love mowing the lawn and feel its therapeutic OR you just hate the monotony and tedium of it all.  Which one are you?  Either way the lawn needs to be mown weekly to keep it short and looking good all summer long

So once you have done all that you can sit back, relax on your patio and admire all your hard work whilst you enjoy the view.  Maybe some of our wrought iron railings or stainless steel balustrades may just finish it off nicely?

Stainless steel and glass patio rails and balustrade   

What about our garden decor?  Take a look on our website for some ideas.

However you choose to sort your garden out just make sure you enjoy it and if there is anything you think we can help you with please get in touch for a free quotation.

Thanks, Karen

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Bespoke vs B&Q*

A Bespoke Service or DIY?

So it’ll soon be Easter and the bank holiday season.  No doubt you, along with thousands of others, will decide to tackle some DIY over the bank holidays and head out for your nearest DIY store full of great ideas and enthusiasm.

But, stop and think for a moment whether this is actually the right way to go?


If the weather is nice and you are going to tackle the garden or outside space do you really want to cram the family in the car, scrunched together in the heat, to then drive and spend half an hour just looking for a space on the already busy car park?

Once inside the store you wander around trying to find the aisle you need whilst seemingly everyone with a name badge on their overalls is busy with another customer or walks past like you are the Invisible Man.  All this whilst the other half decides to grab every paint tester pot and wallpaper sample they can physically carry.  The children are screaming at you because you didn’t buy them an ice cream from the van conveniently situated outside and so instead begin to blackmail you into shiny new things for their bedrooms/garden/play area etc. Sound familiar?

Once you find the gate you want you then have to carry it yourself and get it loaded into the car. (Obviously making sure not to break the paint tester pots, rip the wallpaper samples, bang the kids new lamps/ornaments or anything else they’ve picked up!)

Once home you breathe a sigh of relief at having made it back in one piece.  Now you can relax yes? No! Then you realise you now have to fit the gate.  Having argued with the other half over where exactly it’s going to go you have to make sure you have all the fixings for the gate, all the necessary tools then you have to fix it making sure it hangs properly and can be opened and locked when needed.  All this whilst the kids and dog all decide to test it out whilst you’re still trying to install it.

Yeah, you’re exhausted just thinking about it aren’t you?  You’re already dreading it and wondering how you could possibly avoid having to do it all without being nagged constantly for months that the “hole” where the gate should be lets the dog/kids out, or in, or looks a mess.


Wouldn’t you be rather sitting in the garden enjoying the nice weather?  Then you can! Just pick up the phone and ring Sykes Bespoke Steel.  We will come out to you for a free design visit to see what it is you need, how you want it to look and take measurements.  We shall send you a quote and once you’re happy with it we can get on making it for you.  Once made we can have it galvanized, so it’s less maintenance for you in the long run, and paint it.  (See our previous blog post for more details on galvanizing  Then our team of experienced fitters will come and fit it for you


Once it’s fitted and you’re happy with it then you pay (other than a small deposit to secure your order) then you can sit back in the knowledge it’s all done by a team of professionals

If you would like to know more then call us today on 0161 303 7383 or email to find out how we can make your life easier


*other DIY stores are available

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What is galvanizing?

Galvanizing wrought iron

Galvanizing is a process we use to help protect the wrought iron products that we make from wear and tear and rust. Once your bespoke product has been made it is sent off for galvanizing before being returned to us to be painted in whichever colour you like before they are ready for fitting.

Below is a diagram showing the process of metal preparation and galvanizing:-

The process cannot be done by us on site as we do not have the facilities but we have trusted partners who carry out the work for us. Here is a short video courtesy of The Galvanizing Association to show the galvanizing process itself galvanizing video

We include the galvanizing of wrought iron as standard in our quotations which is something not everybody does.  We do this to ensure a great finish, quality product and lessen any potential problems with the product in future.

If you would like to know more about what galvanizing is and how it works you can see more on the official website of The Galvanizing Association here

Here are some examples of some galvanized gates we have manufactured just sitting ready to go to paint

And, of course, if you would like to know more about this subject or any of our products then please get in touch either via our website enquiry form of contact us via telephone on 0161 303 7383

Thanks, Karen

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Belated Happy New Year!

Belated Happy New Year from all of us here at Sykes Bespoke Steel

We hope that you had a good break and have had a great start to 2019 already

After a very difficult 9 months with ill health we are now back to it and ready to start enhancing and securing your property with our bespoke steel products

There is a huge range of products we provide. For more details have a look at the categories of products on our website or on our Facebook page here

Since the start of the year we have done a number of jobs including a security barrier, decorative wrought iron railings, wall top rails, double gates, a handrail, a timber panel gate and some balustrade and handrail.  Check out the pictures on our Facebook page over the next few weeks.

As always if there is anything we can help you with please call us on 0161 303 7383 for a free, no obligation quote.


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New Year New House?

New Year, New House?

Moving house this year?

So it’s the second week of the New Year and no doubt you have already done at least one or more of the following:-

-started a diet, wrecked your diet

-joined a gym but not been yet

-googled holiday places to visit

-made plans to decorate/DIY or move house.

Afraid we can’t help much with the first three on the list but if you are looking to sell your house and move on then now is the time to act.

Apparently Spring is the best time of year to sell your home, particularly early to mid Spring, as there are apparently more potential buyers around.  Also many people like to plan the sale to fall around the bank holidays giving you more time for the big move.

Why act now then? Spring is months away!

Well yes but you’ve heard estate agents talk about kerb appeal right? How your house has to stand out and look good from the outside not just for the location of it or how big it is inside?  Well that’s where we come in.


Sykes Bespoke Steel manufacture bespoke products to help to enhance and secure your home which you’ll surely agree are both things that potential buyers are interested in.  Not only do they want the house to look nice but to be a safe place to settle in too.

So whether you need driveway gates to secure the family car, wall top railings to deter fence hoppers or gangs of youths congregating, gates to give a bit more privacy, handrails to provide ease of access or garden products to enhance your green space we can help with it all.

        A detailed garden arch

Call us now on 0161 303 7383 for a free quote to see how we can help you add kerb appeal

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Thank You and Merry Christmas

Thank You and Merry Christmas

As we are in the last working week of the year we just wanted to take this opportunity to say thank you and Merry Christmas to all our customers, suppliers, colleagues and friends.

We had a very tough start to the year when the boss was taken seriously ill and was out of action for a while but with the determination and hard work of everyone here we have finished off on a high with plenty of orders and jobs already booked in for January.  So a big thank you to you all

Our Christmas shutdown period this year is from Friday 21st December 3pm and we shall re-open at 8am Monday 7th January. You can still email us, leave a voicemail or message us on Facebook and we shall get back to you when we can.

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year

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Building relationships – how we help builders

Building relationships – how we help builders

We know builders are busy people. When they are not out estimating jobs they are buying tools and supplies, working on the job in all weathers and then trying to do all the admin work too.

One of the ways we can help is with our bespoke steel beam service.  All you need to do is contact us with your requirements including type of beam, measurements, any treatment and the site address and we shall do the rest.  We bring in the steel then prime, treat or drill it however is needed then deliver it to site ready for you to start work.  It gives you more time, more convenience and more often than not means more change in your pocket.

In addition to supplying small beams we manufacture bespoke wrought iron and stainless steel and can be a one stop shop for whatever you and your customers need. Whether its gates, railings, handrails, balconies, patio rails or indoor staircase panels we can do it.  Here are just some examples of our work:-

Bi fold driveway gates  


We have years of experience working with wrought iron and only use quality products such as 16mm round vertical bars for wrought iron.  Our stainless steel is marine grade 316 and glass is 10mm toughened with UV filters.

Supply only

We can offer a supply only service but also have a team of experienced fitters available if you would prefer us to supply and fit your bespoke product.  Our free site visits and no obligation quotations give you free, no nonsense advice on what you are looking for and can provide different options to suit.

Please feel free to contact us with your next enquiry either by calling us on 0161 303 7383 or emailing  You are always welcome to call into our workshop for one off pieces you may require too.



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