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Getting More Accurate Handrail Quotes

Foreman Fabricators is a recognized expert in the fabrication of handrails, guardrails, suspended glass railings, spiral staircases and stair railings of all types. Customers also count on us to design, fabricate and install a variety of safety guards and railing for dangerous areas around machinery or equipment.

Whether your business has you buying hand rails for jobs frequently, or if you’re a first time buyer for a commercial building or private residence, it’s easy to forget details. We always want to get your order right, and in over 50 years in business, we’ve learned where most problems with hand rail quotes occur, so we can help you get it right.

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Need a Metal Rail? To help us get your rail quotes as quickly and accurately as possible, we’ve put together this helpful guide.

7 Quick Tips for Better Handrail Quotes

  1. Provide a drawing and dimensions. Architectural drawings are great, but a simple sketch will often do, with enough detail to show how many turns there are and if the rail is on a stair, a ramp or a level area. Along with dimensions for each run between turns (if any). This will give us a strong idea of the total footage of the railing, material required, number of turns, etc. We will assist with exact field measuring when the job is ready to go.

  2. Send us a picture. It’s not an absolute requirement if you have architectural drawings or know exactly what you want to order, but it’s very helpful if you can send us a picture of a railing that resembles what you’re looking for. Pop online to find one you can send us, or snap a picture of one with your camera. If your rail is part of an existing structure, provide pictures of the future location of the rail and any related railings or features that will impact the railing design. Check out our website for examples of our work but remember, we’re a custom fabricator…we can build what you need and want.

  3. Specify your metal. Choose from stainless steel, bronze, brass, steel, aluminum and more. We also offer a wide variety of metal finishes and coatings to enhance beauty and durability so please be specific. Not sure? Give us a call, tell us the application you need it for, and we’ll help you make the best choice for your budget. We also work with other trades and can add wood or other types of material to the rail.

  4. Finish level. Typically, high finish, better looking welds cost more, so keep that in mind when you choose your finish levels. For example, a utilitarian safety rail in a service area may not require the same level of finish as a rail in a front foyer.

  5. Budget. Those who purchase railings with some regularity will often have a budget in mind. If you know you have a firm budget, please let us know. We’re always happy to quote you first, but knowing your budget in the end allows us to suggest options that might better fit your budget versus the end use of the rail. If any quote we provide doesn’t fit your budget, please let us know so we can offer you alternative solutions.

  6. A desired completion date. We can determine if the time frame is feasible and offer suggestions to help meet deadlines.

  7. Installation. Indicate whether you’d like a quote for an experienced team to install your railing.

Count on Foreman Fabricators to meet your exact handrail specifications for safety, durability and appearance. If it’s made of metal, Call Foreman Fabricators First.

See Our Work at the Washington Monument

Foreman Fabricators is based in St. Louis, MO and you can see our work in various attractions all over the city. But we can work anywhere in the US, and we have. You can see our work in National Parks, National Monuments, and on Federal Projects throughout the country.

Foreman recently completed a high-profile project at the Washington Monument in our nation’s capital.  Foreman did the site measurements and fabricated a custom stainless steel door and panel frames that incorporated an interwoven metal mesh as infill.  The mesh for the door and panel frames was a bit unusual and had to match exactly with what was already in use at the site. Working with our HUBZone partner for the installation, the custom stainless steel door and panel frames were seamlessly tied into the existing structure.  We also supplied plexiglass & door hardware.

Foreman’s work at the Washington Monument is a perfect example of our extensive capabilities, including:
  • Field measurement.
  • Custom design to exactly match existing materials on the job site.
  • Expert fabrication and assembly.
  • Incorporation of multiple materials into the finished product.
Whether you just need our expertise in metal fabrication and design, or you want someone who can do the whole job from concept to design and fabrication to installation…If it’s made of metal, call Foreman First!  One-of-a-kind or quantity, since 1959.

Laser Cutting

In keeping with our commitment to top quality products and services, Foreman can offer you faster turnaround times and even better pricing on laser cut items. Our Mazak Laser-cutting equipment allows us to maintain efficiency, enhance accuracy, and minimize fabrication time. It’s more accurate than plasma cutting, and has a very narrow kerf width, resulting in less wasted material and more products from a sheet of material. The increased accuracy allows for a level of fine detail not possible with other methods. Also, no tooling is required, and laser cutting is faster than many traditional cutting methods. Since the cut is so clean, the product is usually ready to be shipped right after cutting, with no secondary cleanup step required. It’s also very clean in the sense that the cut material won’t be contaminated by any other material, as is possible with a mechanical cutting process. With no blade or die to wear out the first cut will be just as clean and accurate as the last, so laser cut products are extremely consistent. There’s virtually no deformation of the cut material, unlike mechanical or other heat based cutting methods, and it requires less energy than traditional cutting methods. Plus, it’s super cool, because you know, lasers! Laser Cutting is:

  • Fast
  • Accurate
  • Consistent
  • Less Wasteful (less waste helps reduce costs)

Foreman Fabricators has laser cutting capabilities, including:

  • Unique metal shapes
  • Letters & numerals
  • Basic engraving (including writing in script)

We keep a wide variety of popular metals in stock, and that means you only buy what you need! It’s simple; because of our inventory, you typically don’t need to purchase whole sheets when all you need is a foot or two.

Foreman can fabricate almost any metal item you need, customized to your exact specifications. Send us your .dxf or .dwg files, or we can work with you to develop what you need.

Get a quote: 314-771-1717

St Louis Art Museum

St Louis Art Museum – Foreman Fabricators makes visible contributions to Museum expansion with custom metal items including reception desks, trash receptacles, coat racks, shelves and display counters.

Working as a subcontractor with Gravois Planing Mill, Foreman was responsible for a variety of custom cladding millwork with a black oxide finish and a Polane clear coat finish. Despite detailed spec requests and design challenges, Foreman created the precision look envisioned by the architect.  Challenges included hot rolled steel sheet without rust, minimal radius with a v-groove in the back of every sheet bend, the need to build special crates to minimize the potential for shipping damage, and finishing each installation with a 3M epoxy glue.  Overall, Foreman Fabricators and Gravois Planing Mill worked well together delivering optimal work to meet architectural specifications for the St Louis Art Museum’s expansion project.

Metal Repair, Parts Replacement, and Rework

Metal Repair, Parts Replacement,  and Rework-  Foreman Fabricators specializes in the replacement, repair and rework of almost any metal item.  We pride ourselves on our ability to serve your needs for modifying your existing parts, fixing a broken metal item that’s too unique or valuable to throw away, and even replicating difficult to replace parts that you can’t find in a catalog or inventory.

With over half a century of experience in custom metal fabrication, no one else in St Louis can bring you the expertise and attention to detail you need to ensure your reworked or repaired metal item looks and performs like new.  We’re also experts at fabricating a new version of your worn or broken part, matching the look and functionality of the item, and even making improvements to enhance long-term durability.  Foreman is recognized as an industry leading resource for contractors and individuals responsible for building or facility maintenance and repair.  Our ability to match and recreate existing metal items also makes us a unique resource for historic renovation projects.  With Foreman Fabricators, you get the peace of mind that your metal repair, replacement and rework jobs will be done right, and done on time.

Contact us today for a quote on any of your metal item repair and replacement needs.

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If it’s made of metal and you’re looking for solutions…

Foreman Fabricators has been an industry leader in custom metal fabrication since 1959.  Whether you need a single one-of-a-kind metal item or thousands of them, Foreman Fabricators can make it to your exact specifications.

We’re known for our commitment to being a top quality metal fabricator, and for working with our customers to get them exactly what they need, on budget and on time.  Our talented team of project managers will help you every step of the way.  From concept, to measurement, spec development, fabrication, delivery and even installation, Foreman Fabricators will help you get the job done right.

One of a kind or quantity…since 1959!