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 info@sykesbespokesteel.co.uk

Why not socialise with us too? We are on Facebook and Twitter so please get in touch


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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. http://sykesbespokesteel.co.uk/domestic-products/garden-decor/

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 http://sykesbespokesteel.co.uk/what-is-galvanizing-and-why-is-it-important/)  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 info@sykesbespokesteel.co.uk 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 https://www.galvanizing.org.uk/hot-dip-galvanizing/

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 http://www.facebook.com/SykesBespokeSteel

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 info@sykesbespokesteel.co.uk.  You are always welcome to call into our workshop for one off pieces you may require too.



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Struggling with steps? Handrails Provide Ease of Access

Struggling with steps? Handrails Provide Ease of Access

If you struggle with steps to your property, or are concerned about icy weather causing issues then a handrail can help provide ease of access.

Handrails are an easy solution to provide ease of access and help those with mobility problems.  They are relatively cheap, quick and easy to install with the use of a qualified fitter.  Also they come in a range of sizes, styles and budgets to suit most.  Below are an example of some of our previous work:-

     panel used as handrail

Customer example

A good example of how we help customers in this respect comes in the form of Mrs H from Glossop.  She ordered a functional, tubular floor to floor handrail to assist her in navigating the front steps to her property.  However after it was fitted she felt it looked a little plain.  Although pleased with it she asked us to return to discuss what we could do.  We discovered she had a love of wildlife, especially birds, and so we added a swallow design to provide decoration.  She was over the moon with it.  Take a look at it:-

So although handrails are often a necessity, and are functional, they can look decorative too.  We manufacture them in wrought iron or stainless steel and in a number of designs:-


We can also provide small grabrails to be fixed to the side of the door for a little help getting inside.

Handrail guidance

If you are not sure if you require a handrail for your property this infographic may help. Basically the guideline shows that if you have 3 steps (also called risers) or more then you should have a handrail fitted.

Our range includes interior balustrades ( or stair panels) to help when climbing stairs or just for decorative purposes and again can be manufactured using wrought iron or stainless steel and glass.

If you are interested in a free, no obligation site survey and quotation please call 0161 303 7383.  You can also email us on info@sykesbespokesteel.co.uk to make a convenient appointment.  Please take a look at our full range on the website http://sykesbespokesteel.co.uk/domestic-products/hand-rails/

You can also connect with us on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/SykesBespokeSteel or follow us on Twitter at http://www.twitter.com/SykesBespoke

Thanks, Karen

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National Home Security Month

National Home Security Month

October is National Home Security Month which is an event created to raise awareness around the importance of home security.

Opportunist thieves

According to a survey most burglaries occur during the week and between the hours of 6pm and 6am with the average burglar spending just 8-12 minutes inside a home.  That small amount of time can cost from £700-£3,000 for homeowners to fix broken doors/locks with an average cost of £2,300 for items stolen.

Home security

Despite this 25% of Brits admit to having no home security at all and 70% don’t have a burglar alarm.  Also there is a 25% spike in burglaries during the autumn and winter months with 1 in 10 taking place in November.  Therefore now is the time to get prepared.  Here is a handy checklist that you can download which may help


There are also benefits to increasing your security at home that you may not be aware of.  Check out our blog on the subject here http://sykesbespokesteel.co.uk/3-benefits-extra-security-property/

Security grilles

Not only is it important to deter opportunist thieves with things like gates, wall top railings, high hedges but also to use simple products such as lighting timers.  And of course a good alarm system is a great investment and another good deterrent.  For commercial premises just a broken, open window allowing thieves in to grab goods can cost thousands.  Decorative security grilles are a great way to help prevent windows getting broken whilst still being able to display products to your potential customers.  Here are a few examples of ones we have installed:-


As ever if there is anything that you have seen here that we can help you with please get in touch.  You can call us for a free no obligation quotation on 0161 303 7383 or email us at info@sykesbespokesteel.co.uk.  Or if you would just like some advice we are always on hand and happy to help where we can


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