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STEEL + GLASS



Versatile, Enduring, Modern, and Elegant.
You Deserve The Best For Your Project

Babin Ironworks conceptualizes, designs and fabricates exclusive steel and glass architectural products. We are a family owned and operated company with a specialized skillset that will set your projects apart from the rest. Working with steel and glass is our passion and producing exceptional quality solutions for our clients is our core. We understand that our work will be around for a very long time and examined by many. As a personal point of pride and sound business thinking, we also know that every piece of wrought iron we build has the potential to send new and repeat customers our way and we make sure we get it right. With Babin Ironworks, you'll find a diverse portfolio of handcrafted custom steel and glass solutions that were created uniquely for our clients. We pride ourselves in what we do and we ensure that our end result is a true work of art - a masterpiece that will be the showpiece of your space.


Just to itemize a list of some of the products we fabricate: interior and exterior steel staircases, dual-stringer staircases, closed stringers, floating stairs, mono-stringer stairs, switchback staircases, multi-level landing staircases, curved stairs, interior railings, glass railings, deck railings, poolside railings, entry railings, outdoor railings, residential balconies, commercial balconies and so much more.



We are experts in all things steel and glass so, whether you are looking for us to design you a staircase, a railing, a balcony, or any other custom steel product - we're here to fabricate the solution for you! Think about including steel in your home, business, landscaping project, exterior or interior space in your next project.


Please visit our product pages for samples of our work to get inspirational ideas. Whatever products you are searching for, whether they be steel staircases, steel railings, glass railings, metal balconies or any other product that can be steel fabricated, you'll find a solution with us!










WROUGHT IRON 
Here are some definitions to help you better understand our industry and the materials we use.

  • Wrought – To be worked/crafted into a desired outcome.
  • Iron – A naturally occurring base metal. "a strong, hard magnetic silvery-gray metal, the chemical element of atomic number 26, much used as a material for construction and manufacturing, especially in the form of steel." - from Google: Define Iron
  • Wrought Iron – "a tough, malleable form of iron suitable for forging or rolling rather than casting, obtained by puddling pig iron while molten. It is nearly pure but contains some slag in the form of filaments." – - from Google: Define Wrought Iron
  • Cast Iron – "a hard, relatively brittle alloy of iron and carbon that can be readily cast in a mold and contains a higher proportion of carbon than steel (typically 2.0–4.3 percent)." - from Google: Define Cast Iron
  • Steel – "a hard, strong, gray or bluish-gray alloy of iron with carbon and usually other elements, used extensively as a structural and fabricating material." – - from Google: Define Steel
  • Mild Steel – "steel containing a small percentage of carbon, strong and tough but not readily tempered." - - from Google: Define Mild Steel

With those definitions out of the way, here's our brief summary of the history of wrought iron:

Without going into the details of "primitive human discovers fire and subsequently figures out how to create iron", we're going to start at Cast Iron. Cast Iron (a brittle form of iron that is melted and poured into a shape mold then left to harden) was used by Blacksmiths while still hot and malleable, and essentially (without going into detail) pounded on, reheated and pounded on some more until it was worked into a desired shape thus creating Wrought Iron. The word "Wrought" literally means worked by hand.

From there, Wrought Iron, among other things, would be used to create steel in a very costly and inefficient process, so steel was mainly used for specialty purposes at that time and wrought iron lived on. By the mid-1800's, the steel-making process was refined and industrialized, which greatly improved efficiency and therefore vastly reduced manufacturing costs. Mild steel, as it is called, became the growing trend.

To borrow a snippet of text from the Wikipedia Steel Page:
"With the invention of the Bessemer process in the mid-19th century, a new era of mass-produced steel began. This was followed by Siemens-Martin process and then Gilchrist-Thomas process that refined the quality of steel. With their introductions, mild steel replaced wrought iron. "

So nowadays, mild steel has completely replaced wrought iron on a commercial scale; however, the term "Wrought Iron" remains in use as a testament to the steel artist who custom designs and creates works of art. If you are interested in learning more about wrought iron or would like to better understand the term, here's a good place to start: Wikipedia link on Wrought Iron

Over the years the word wrought iron has been met with various spelling and identity challenges rod iron, rot iron, cast iron, malleable steel, soft iron, mild steel, steel, ornamental iron, decorative iron and so on. There have also been products that have been using this term to reflect their own products, tubing railings, aluminum railings, galvalume railings, etc…

A somewhat frustrating misconception that has somehow ingrained a level of fear into the word wrought iron is the finish – the paint. The finish on our products will last as long as any finish on any steel product out in the world today. If a finish on any metal product is damaged so that the metalwork underneath is exposed, then no matter what the product, the metal will start to oxidize – don't let anyone tell you different. Nature is nature and all metals start to break down when exposed to the elements.

The main factors to consider are structural failure due to oxidation, the look of your product when it does eventually start to oxidize and the maintenance needed to deal with the degradation. With our products, since they are built with solid steel bar and thick walled structural steel, if you damage the finish, even if they do start to oxidize, the product will simply look aged and repair is but a minor cleaning and dabbing of a similar wet metal paint to the damaged area – et voila! Good to go for another 15 years. There are a vast many people who actually ask us for an unfinished product because they want the old world wrought iron look.

Wet Spray Vs Powder Coat
We've researched both quite extensively and decided the wet spray finish was ultimately the best choice for our products. Don't get us wrong – powder coating is an exceptional finish and has its place – however, through testing and experience we strongly believe that due to the materials we use and our product applications, wet spray is a better choice all around. You should Google: Faraday Cage Effect – it's an interesting read. (Wikipedia Link)


Railings - Interior, Stair, Deck, Pool, Patio
Whether you are looking for an indoor railing, a deck railing or a pool railing, we can provide you with an elegant and functional solution that will stand the test of time. Our railings are solid steel handcrafted to reflect you and your style.
Navigate to our railings page.


Juliet Balconies and Balconies
Whether you are looking to secure a second level window with a window guard or are building a balcony that requires balcony railings to protect against a fall, we can offer you a wide range of styles and solutions to meet your needs.
Navigate to our balconies page.


Our Staircases are second to none
Our steel staircase constructions are typically built with fusion welding which essentially creates a single piece stair when complete. This permits us to assemble stair shapes that seem to defy the forces that will be applied to them. Do you have a tight space and require a custom staircase to fit it? Steel is one of the best options for you and can provide a very functional and exceptional custom built staircase for the limited space you have.
Navigate to our staircases page.


Serving North America
Although headquartered in North Bay, Ontario, Canada we manufacture and ship our products across North America. Our products can be seen all over Canada and the United States.

To name a few locations:

Ontario:
North Bay
Sturgeon Falls
Callander
Powassan
French River
Sudbury
Elliot Lake
Manitoulin Island
Sault Ste Marie
Thunder Bay
South River
Sundridge
Muskoka
Huntsville
Bracebridge
Port Carling
Gravenhurst
Orillia
Barrie
Markham
Vaughan
King City
Toronto
Mississauga
Hamilton
Burlington
Kitchener
Cambridge
Waterloo
Niagara Falls
Kawartha Lakes
Peterborough
Belleville
St Catharine's
Lion's Head
Owen Sound
Ottawa
Woodstock
Collingwood
Cobourg
Port Hope
Trenton
Kingston
New Brunswick:
Fredericton
Moncton
Saint John

Nova Scotia:
Halifax
Cape Breton
Sydney
Dartmouth
Yarmouth

Prince Edward Island:
Georgetown

Newfoundland:
St. John's

Quebec
Montreal
Sherbrooke
Manitoba:
Winnipeg
Brandon

Saskatchewan
Regina

Alberta:
Fort McMurray
Edmonton
Calgary

British Columbia:
Kamloops
Kelowna
Vancouver
Surrey
Prince George
Nanaimo
Revelstoke
Victoria




MANUFACTURING HEADQUARTERS:
Babin Ironworks
54-B Exeter Street, North Bay, ON P1B 8G5
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