Frequently Asked Questions

Why do you cast in aluminium?

Our entire lacework range is cast in aluminium instead of the traditional cast iron. The benefits of aluminium include

  • It will not rust like cast iron
  • It is less than half the weight of cast iron
  • It is less fragile and brittle than cast iron
  • It is more user friendly with regards to drilling, screws, rivets, welding and powdercoating.

Contrary to popular belief, the cast aluminium panels look exactly the same as the cast iron panels and are identical replicas of the originals.


Do you organise installation?

Central Foundry DO NOT install or organise installation. Also note that panels are sold as an individual item and we do not fabricate or weld them into solid frames. Please click here for important information regarding installation.


What is the difference between sand cast and die cast panels?

Sand Cast panels are made using a sand mould which are then cast with molten aluminium. They are more traditional looking and much thicker than the lightweight die cast panels. All sand cast panels are single sided which is how they were traditionally made.

Die cast panels are made using a die machine. They are a lot lighter than the traditional sand cast panels and are also slightly cheaper due many more being able to be made at one time. Die cast panels are double sided which means they are the same front and back but are viewed as being less traditional looking.


How much do they cost?

This is probably our most frequently asked question so we have come up with a guide on the average cost of panels, corners and friezes. Please click here to see indicative price guide.


What if you don’t have the panel I need?

You would be surprised at the number of patterns we have for different lacework styles however in the rare event that w don’t have what you are after we can make an exact replica using one of the existing panels you are trying to match.