Compass Ironworks serves the Mid-Atlantic region and beyond, including waterfront areas subject to harsh elements. Our emphasis is on quality, service, and sustainability, creating timeless and stunning wrought iron masterpieces for estate security fencing and gates, interior main foyers, terrace railings, and swimming pool security fences or property security fences.
Founded in 1998
For more than two decades, Compass Ironworks has been a family owned business based in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania. A unique blend of traditional and modern lifestyles is common in the area surrounding Compass, where horse and buggy rigs mingle with cars on the road.
Lancaster County is internationally known for its skilled artisans, impeccable craftsmanship, and dedicated work ethic. This is a fitting location for the work that Compass Ironworks creates in a 15,000 square foot shop. Here, centuries-old decorative iron styles are fashioned by a talented team of less than 10 artisans, using modern tools and up-to-date, highly durable finishing techniques. It is a place where craftsmen can work at their trade and still watch their neighbors as they work in the fields, planting, cultivating, and ultimately harvesting the crops of corn and hay, seeing the beauty of nature and drawing inspiration for their work.
Compass creates and forges iron or solid aluminum from raw elements to completed, sophisticated wrought iron works of art, collaborating with architects, designers, builders, and homeowners to realize their specific design vision. We utilize raw materials with 97-100% recycled content, and a robust and eco-friendly powder-coat that is VOC-free and 99.9% reclaimable.
AREAS WE HAVE SERVED
Located in Gap, PA, at the eastern edge of Lancaster County, our primary market is providing upscale deck railings, wrought fence and iron gates in the Philadelphia area. Through word of mouth, we have acquired a huge request for projects in New Jersey and over half of all our work is installed in New Jersey, including shore areas and north into affluent residential areas. We have been referred to projects in Florida and the Bahamas and just recently completed our first California Project; a contemporary stair, stair railing and deck railing on an ocean property in the Monterey Bay area.
TIMEFRAME & COST
Our timeframe from initial call to completion of a project varies greatly. There are projects in which we collaborate with the architect, designer, or client to unearth their design sensibilities for weeks, months, even a year. Depending on project intricacy or scope, actual creation of a custom spiral metal staircase could be weeks, months or even a year. A straightforward, modern stair railing could be a month. A custom driveway gate could take three to six months to create. Wrought iron fence or aluminum fence projects could be two to four or six months.
Case in point: Compass Ironworks was involved in an intensive project that took three years to complete. We have no project available off the shelf. This eliminates additional cost and allows us to create your specific design, color, and size specific to your project.
Due to the high caliber of customization offered by Compass Ironworks, the cost of a wrought iron metal fence, a custom driveway gate, or modern stair railing cannot be thrown out there as cost per foot. If the same level of detail were on a project that is 5 feet, 50 feet, or 500 feet, cost would be different. There is definitely a sliding scale or economies of scale, but many factors affect cost. Raw materials, complexities of style (which affects cost in the design stage), creating and fabrication, as well as install, all affect cost. In addition, level of finish requirements, travel time and logistics, and expected time frame to completion, affect cost. A faster expected completion means we potentially pay a premium for raw materials.
Our goal is the best quality at a fair price. There are others that will undercut us on price, but usually cut detail, craftsmanship, and powder coat quality to get the job. Conversely, we do have quality competitors that provide the same caliber of fence stair handrail or wrought iron garden fence that in a few cases, charge over a hundred thousand dollars more for the same project. Again, our goal is the best quality at a fair price.