About Us

We service the Mid-Atlantic region and beyond with an emphasis on quality, service, and sustainability, creating timeless and stunning Iron Masterpieces for Estate Gates, Interior main foyers, terrace railings swimming pool or property fences including waterfront areas subject to harsh elements.

Founded in 1998

Started in 1998, Compass Ironworks is a family-owned business based in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania. A unique combination of traditional and modern lifestyles is common in the area surrounding the company, 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 Compass Ironworks, where, in a 15,000 square foot shop, centuries old decorative iron styles are being fashioned by 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 finally harvesting the crops of corn and hay, seeing the beauty of nature and drawing inspiration for their work.

We create and forge Iron or solid aluminum from raw elements to completed, sophisticated Iron works of art, collaborating with architects’ designers, builders and homeowners to create their specific design style. Utilizing raw materials with 97-100% recycled content, and a robust and eco-friendly powder-coat that is VOC-Free and 99.9% reclaimable

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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.

TIME FRAME & COST

TIME FRAME

Our time frame from initial call to completion of project varies greatly. There are projects where we collaborate with 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 staircase could be weeks, months or even a year. A straight forward stair railing could be a month. A custom designed driveway gate could take 3-6 months to custom create. Wrought fence or aluminum fence projects could be 2-4 or 6 months.

Compass Ironworks was involved in one intensive project that took 3 years to complete. We have no project available off the shelf. This eliminates that additional cost and allows us to make your specific design, color, and size especially for your project.

COST

As with buying any product, we want to know cost. Because of the high caliber of customization offered by Compass Ironworks, the cost of a metal fence, driveway gate or stair railing is cannot be thrown out there as cost per foot. If the same level of detail were on a project that is 5ft, 50ft, or 500ft, cost would be different. There is definitely a sliding scale of economies of scale, but many factors affect cost. Raw material, complexities of style, which affects cost in design stage, creating and fabrication, as well as install. Also, level of finish requirements, travel time and logistics, and also expected time frame to completion. A quicker expected completion means we potentially pay a premium for raw materials.

Our goal is best quality at a fair price. What does that mean? There are always guys that will undercut us on price, but usually cut detail, craftsmanship and powder coat quality accordingly to get the job. On the flip side, we do have quality competitors that provide the same caliber of fence stair handrail or iron gate that in a few cases charge over a hundred thousand dollars more for the same project. Again, our goal is best quality at a fair price.