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Question DetailsAsked on 6/5/2014

How much should it cost to refurbish wrought iron column?

It is 7ft tall simple corner column of wrought iron. It supports the corner front cement stoop to the ceiling of the roof that overhangs the stoop. It would need to be unbolted, the ceiling shored , refurbished and reinstalled after new cement stoop has been completed. is $1,900 reasonable for a contractor to charge for removal, shoring up roof, refurbishing it, and reinstalling it?

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I am visualizing a wrought iron lattice column - maybe 200-300 pounds or so. Unless it needs repair, as opposed to just sandblasting or stripping and repainting, then this sounds high to me by about 50-100%, assuming the price does not include the cement stoop.

I would estimate shoring at about $200-400 unless this is a large apron canopy rather than a porch roof, remove and replace $250, clean and repaint including travel time to and from metal blasting/2 coat paint painting sub $400-700 - so about $850-1350 would be my guess. Makes his estimate high in my view, but not out of the world.

Proviso - done during non-snow weather, stoop is only say 3-4 feet high off ground, and only weighs a couple hundred pounds. If you are talking a solid iron doric column weighing a ton or more then whole different story - though in that case I would probably sandblast it and repaint in place, then shore up and brace while the concrete was replace under it.

Is this the same contracgtor doing the stoop, or are you splitting the job into two parts for some reason - would normally be cheaper to put all with one firm. Also, if concrete contractor is a different guy, get in the contract he is responsible for making sure the shoring of the roof is not upset or damaged, and he is responsible for roof/house damage if it does get knocked down and the porch roof collapses. It might be part of the higher cosst - contractor may plan on doubling the shoring so any one post getting knocked out does not bring the roof down.

If this is a wrought iron specialty company doing this then price is probably normal, because they tend to be union iron worker shops so their pay scale is about double carpenters and painters.

Answered 6 years ago by LCD

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