Aiano’s – to our knowledge – is the only company making both woven and weld mesh window guards; the only company specializing in wire mesh window guards for churches.
C. Aiano and Son is the leading maker of wire mesh window guards in the country. We have been making window guards for churches and heritage buildings continuously for more than 150 years.
Our craftsmen have skills that have been passed from generation to generation for over 150 years. Aiano’s provides site services, including taking window guard templates and installing the guards.
The making process – forming the frame for weld mesh window guards
The process for making weld mesh window guards and woven mesh window guards is quite different. For weld mesh window guards, the first important step is to make the outer frame of the guard.
Even annealed stainless steel is an extremely hard material, and the stainless steel round bar we use for the frame (the diameter is usually 1/4” or 6.35mm) needs to be bent, and coaxed by expert craftsmen to the precise profile of the template.
The various pieces of shaped round bar are welded together to form the outer frame of the guard.
The making process—welding the mesh
During the next stage, the stainless steel welded mesh is cut to size, laid over the frame and welded to the frame. Mesh and frame are pinned to the bench to hold them in position.
Welding stainless steel is a painstaking process, and at each stage, the weld mesh window guard should be measured, checked, and adjusted to ensure that it retains its shape and matches the template.
Aiano craftsmen weld the mesh to frame using MIG welding (gas metal arc welding). Some firms use spot welding to secure the mesh to the frame. The welds made with a MIG welder are much stronger and longer lasting.
Aiano craftsmen are highly skilled in wireworking, welding and metal fabrication.
Aiano’s makes church window guards from stainless steel welded mesh
Aiano makes church window guards from our own traditional hand-woven mesh
The making process—trimming & cleaning the weld mesh window guard
After the guard has been fully welded, the process of trimming, cutting and polishing begins so that the mesh has a clean fit to the frame.
First the mesh is cut back to the frame. Then with grinding and polishing equipment, the mesh is smoothed into a good finish.
Cleaning the shaped tops and traceries is particular skilled work. When the weld mesh window guard is finished the craftsman introduces horizontal welded support bars at necessary intervals to strengthen the guard.
The last step is for the guard to be powder coated matte black. The powder coating is not strictly necessary for stainless steel, and its main purpose is to help make the guard less noticeable when installed.The successful church window guard is one that does its job and is barely noticed.
C. Aiano and Sons
Aiano’s is the leading maker of wire mesh window guards in the country. To our knowledge, we are the only workshop in the country with the skills to make both weld mesh window guards and woven mesh window guards.
We have been making window guards for churches and heritage buildings continuously with pride for more than 150 years. We do not make stained glass, we focus exclusively on wire mesh products.
The production techniques have changed little in this time and our knowledge and expertise has been passed down through generations. We alone keep alive the knowledge of many traditional mesh weaving skills. At the same time, over the years we have embraced new materials, techniques and equipment, including the possibilities offered by stainless steel and welded mesh.
We have expertise in measuring, producing and fitting complex-shaped window guards. A large number of churches and cathedrals around the country protect their treasured stained glass and leaded light windows using Aiano’s custom-made hand-crafted window guards.
For more information about AIANO traditional church window guards do not hesitate to contact us. We can make guards to all sizes and requirements, and also offer site services. Please call Scott or Gokay on 020 7987 1184 or email us if you would like to discuss your requirements, or require further information or advice on AIANO guards.