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Compass Ironworks

March 18, 2013 06:00 ET

Compass Ironworks Railings Unfazed by Hurricane Sandy; Showcased at the Architectural Digest Home Design Show

GAP, PA--(Marketwire - Mar 18, 2013) - Hurricane Sandy was a powerful hurricane that devastated portions of the Caribbean and the Mid-Atlantic and Northeastern of the U.S. in late October 2012. While experts estimate about $70 billion in damages in the affected areas, Compass Ironworks railings successfully withstood the catastrophic mix of wind, rain, surge and snow on the Jersey shore.

"When it comes to structural rigidity, timeless elegance and unobstructed panoramic views," says John Van Duyne, founder of Van Duyne Builders, custom homebuilders in the Atlantic County area, "there is nothing that offers peace of mind like solid aluminum railings and fences to withstand hurricanes or tropical storms. Compass Ironworks installed over 200 feet of railing just four days before Hurricane Sandy. The railing was completely intact, unfazed after the storm as if it never happened."

For over a decade, Compass Ironworks has crafted iron for distinctive gates, decor, fences and railings. Today, Compass is the company of choice among the shore community, serving the entire Mid-Atlantic region with custom ironwork for the mainland estates as well as the waterfront manors by the sea.

With the increase of storms and damage to shore areas, there's been an increase in demand for quality and durable products for shore properties. Says Amos Glick of Compass Ironworks, "Homeowners, builders and architects are really doing their homework, searching for a railing that can withstand high winds, without sacrificing aesthetics and character."

Unlike railings made from pressure treated wood, vinyl, glass, composite rail, iron and mass-produced aluminum, railings constructed with solid aluminum are the smart choice for storm-savvy decision makers. Compass custom gates, fences and railings in solid aluminum are coated with a tested eight-step pretreatment and powder-coat process. Structural integrity is built into all aspects, coupled with the elegance and timelessness of hand forging techniques and the ability to withstand the beating from hurricanes and tropical storms.

The master craftsman at Compass Ironworks goes beyond the industry standard to ensure durability. ASTM B-117 is a highly corrosive salt spray chamber test, typically 500 hours long. The company takes finish longevity very seriously, and has its own in-house pretreatment and powder-coat facilities to maintain control of quality and turnaround time to meet client needs. Their intensive eight-step process was tested at 2750 hours and did not delaminate or corrode. Unlike cheaper aluminum products, there was no galvanic reaction from cheap fillers and the solid picket and complete coverage of powder-coat did not allow any corrosion.

As an off-the-grid, environmentally responsible company using materials with a "Made in the USA" approach, the 6061-aluminum alloy Compass uses in its railings is 100% recycled; the durable powder-coat process releases no VOCs (Volatile Organic Compounds) into the atmosphere and is 99.99% reclaimable.

Visit Compass Ironworks at the Architectural Digest Home Design Show, March 21-23, 2013.

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