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Question DetailsAsked on 6/25/2013

cost of 2 10ft.wrought iron railing in exterior steps //both steps have a 90 degree bend

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When you say both steps have 90 degree bend, I am not clear - are you saying the steps each turn 90 degrees from the previous level (so total zero if one each way, or 180 degree turn if both same way) and are 10' "deep" from front to back; or two 10' steps with a 90 degree turn on each step, for total of 4-5 foot lengths of railing ? If latter, then not in bottom range of cost because of added corners and number of bolted connections to steps. I have presumed straight railing lengths - if vertically or horizontally curved, then you are into the custom pricing range below.

The materials alone cost $20-40/LF for commercially available prefinished wrought iron - $50-150/LF for custom made or "artisinal", which is common decorator and contractor-ese for "gouge the suckers for their bad taste or lack of common sense" - I have seen wrought iron railings on curved staircases run to $250/LF. Towards the lower end of price range for box store or lumber yard standard-lengths, high end for odd lengths of run or fancier corner posts. Sections cannot be easily modified for length - are shop fabricated to desired length, commercially available in 6 or 12 inch length increments, with 4, 6, 8 and 10 foot lengths being commonly available in most areas.

Aluminum with black finish (looks about like black wrought iron except aluminum shows through if scratched) costs about half as much for materials, no effect on labor cost.

Installation probably about $150-200 if wood steps (though a handyman might do it for half), $200-300 if mounting on concrete or brick steps, depending on what it takes to develop a firm mounting, which might require separate mounting brackets or pads. This might seem high but this is a small job, so by the time he gets the materials, goes to the jobsite, does the job, and is on his way anything from about zero to maybe 40 LF would be pretty similar labor cost.

Add about $100-200 for two coats custom paint color (normally come black or sometimes white). One coat would usually be done before installation, second after in place when there is no longer a chance of scratching it in installation. Towards cheaper end if he owns a paint sprayer or can use canned spray paint, higher if hand painting.

Contractor could be specialty installer from a wrought iron architectural detail dealer, or from a fence company, a good handyman, or some landscapers or one-man carpenter or general small-job contractor outfits. Most swimming pool contractors are also experienced with bolted-on segmental fence installation.

I would start with fencing and pool contractors as most likely to have experience with this, though in big cities (particularly on the East coast) wrought iron and decorative fencers have separate listings in yellow pages as a subcategory under Fencing. You might narrow the list using your yellow pages and phone, then use Angie's List to check reviews onthe short list.

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