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Thursday, February 6, 2014

Keuka Studios of Rush NY Receives
Best Of Houzz 2014 Award

Annual Survey and Analysis of 16 Million Monthly Users
Reveals Top-Rated Building, Remodeling and Design Professionals

Rush, NY February 4, 2014 – Keuka Studios of Rochester, NY has been awarded “Best Of Houzz” by Houzz, the leading platform for home remodeling and design. The 12 Year Old Fine Architectural Metal Work Companywas chosen by the more than 16 million monthly users that comprise the Houzz community.

The Best Of Houzz award is given in two categories: Customer Satisfaction and Design. Customer Satisfaction honors are determined by a variety of factors, including the number and quality of client reviews a professional received in 2013. Design award winners’ work was the most popular among the more than 16 million monthly users on Houzz, known as “Houzzers,” who saved more than 230 million professional images of home interiors and exteriors to their personal ideabooks via the Houzz site, iPad/iPhone app and Android app. Winners will receive a “Best Of Houzz 2014” badge on their profiles, showing the Houzz community their commitment to excellence. These badges help homeowners identify popular and top-rated home professionals in every metro area on Houzz. 

“ We strive to create and build the finest metal stair and railing designs on the market ”

“Houzz provides homeowners with the most comprehensive view of home building, remodeling and design professionals, empowering them to find and hire the right professional to execute their vision,” said Liza Hausman, vice president of community for Houzz. “We’re delighted to recognize Keuka Studios among our “Best Of” professionals for customer satisfaction as judged by our community of homeowners and design enthusiasts who are actively remodeling and decorating their homes.”

With Houzz, homeowners can identify not only the top-rated professionals like Keuka Studios but also those whose work matches their own aspirations for their home. Homeowners can also evaluate professionals by contacting them directly on the Houzz platform, asking questions about their work and reviewing their responses to questions from others in the Houzz community.


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Sunday, January 19, 2014

 Specify Escutcheon Plates for a more refined look.
Escutcheon (pronounced es·cutch·eon) plates are by definition a shield, cover, ornamental or protective plate. Escutcheon plates are used to conceal something functioning like mounting hardware or an unwanted hole. 
More and more customers are looking for a clean seamless look to their home. For interior railing whether it’s a cable railing or any type of railing the escutcheon plate is a great choice. I find that especially with interior applications you might want all the fasteners and hardware hidden with no exposed bolt or screw heads. The escutcheon plate is a perfect and easy solution. It simply just slides over the post hiding the hardware and providing a more refined look. Our escutcheon plates are machined from a solid billet and not the thin stamped sheet metal common in the industry.
We are pleased to announce that we now offer escutcheon plates on all of our surface mounted Ithaca Style and Tokyo Style cable railings. These plates can be stainless steel or aluminum and powder coated steel to match the posts.

If you are submitting a quote request be sure to ask for them. It’s a small detail that really helps to make your railing look more refined.

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Best Cable Railing Material Choices

Best Cable Railing Material Choices:

One of the most important decisions you will ever make when choosing your cable railing is selecting the correct hand railing and railing post material for your environment. Although the cables and fittings are usually made from stainless steel, the choices are many for post materials. With so many different choices of railing materials it can be very difficult to know whats the best choice for you. Here is a guide to help you understand materials and their advantages and dis advantages.

1) Determine Location - For the most part your project will fall into one of the following categories, Interior or Exterior and Passive or Corrosive Environment. 

A) Interior or Exterior - If your project is interior you are in luck. Interior railings are not subject to the elements like exterior railings are. Interior railings are not subject to wind, rain, snow and extreme temperature swings. In these conditions there is allot of flexibility with both the railing material and the finish. If your railing is exterior you need to consider the elements and your biggest enemy is water. Water can get inside of posts and cause corrosion. It drips down the cables and runs down the posts where the cable and posts meet. We prefer to use solid material whenever possible since it cannot be penetrated by water (i.e. wont rust from the inside out). If tubing is used its best to have a drain hole for the water to escape so it does not collect water and eventually freeze during the winter months.

B) Passive or Corrosive Environment - Most of the country will fall into the passive category although if your project is within a couple miles of the coast, you will fall into Corrosive environment category. If you live in this environment you probably already know how corrosive the salt air can be. A salt dense fog or ocean spray will create a chloride rich environment that can accelerate the corrosion process of a many metals, especially ferrous metals. The best defense is to select a metal or metal coating which inherently resists corrosion. When customers tell me that they are in a saltwater environment we typically recommend one of three material options. Polished 316 stainless steel, anodized or powder coated aluminum, hot dip galvanized and powder coated steel. The biggest area of concern with all cable railings is where the cables meet with the posts. The cables can rub on the finish and the contact of dissimilar metals can accelerate corrosion. For this reason we actually press small plastic bushings into each post.These bushing help to prevent the contact between the posts and the cables. (see example image).
2) Determine Budget - Budget can be a big driver of the your material choice. Here is a list of materials in order from least expensive to most expensive.
1) $ Wood - A popular option for railings has always been wood. Wood is by far your cheapest option and also the easiest to work with. The downside is that it does require maintenance and can crack or rot over time. If you are remodeling an existing deck, chances are it was probably a wood deck with wood railings. The good news is that there are many lower maintenance and longer lasting wood options out there like IPE Brazilian Walnut and Mahogany. Many of our customers like the feel of a wood top rail and it compliments a metal post nicely.
2) $$ Powder Coated Steel - Many of the projects we do use powder coated steel posts. If the project is indoors or outdoors (but not near saltwater) powder coated steel posts hold up very well. The post is only as good as the coating that protects it and the quality of the powder coating is all about the person that applied it. Proper prep work and application is everything when it comes to the sustainability of powder coating over steel.
3) $$$ Powder Coated and Hot Dip Galvanized Steel - If you are in a coastal environment and looking for a cost effective solution that will hold up in the toughest environment I recommend Powder Coated and Hot Dip Galvanized Steel. Galvanizing the steel will prevent rust for 75 years or more. Steel is very strong and the  combination of galvanizing plus powder coating gives you more flexibility in color choices.
4) $$$$  Anodized or Powder Coated Aluminum - Aluminum has many positives such as being light and easy to work with. Aluminum also holds up extremely well and resists corrosion very well. With a polished finish and a clear anodized coating you can achieve a look that is similar to stainless steel at a fraction of the price.  Its no wonder anodized aluminum is  used extensively for high performance windows and doors.  One drawback is the limited choice of color and texture. If more color choices are important, aluminum can be powder coated.  There are literally 1000's of color choices.
5) $$$$$ Polished Stainless Steel - When stainless steel in properly handled and polished its truly the most beautiful metal. Light reflects off of it from all different angles and it will glisten like a diamond in the sun. Stainless steel is one of the more expensive options (other than Bronze or pure nickel)  for your railing and its also the most difficult material to work with. If you have the means stainless steel posts are a great option for any environment.



3) Make a Decision - If you still are not sure whats the best material solution is for you just give us a call and we can help you figure it out. Its not uncommon for customers to request multiple price estimates so that they can compare the cost differences in materials. Unfortunately there is not a "one size fits all" when it comes to cable railings which is why we tailor all of our railings to meet the needs of our customers.

Friday, September 2, 2011

Where Do You Find Cable Railings Used?


Once in a while I have a customer who contacts me and they say “I found your cable railings online and I love them”! They follow up with “I have never seen a railing like this in my area, where can I find examples of your work”?
Since we manufacture and ship our railings all over the country . . .  our work can be found everywhere. With that being said there are certain areas in particular where cable railings are more popular than other areas.
Our cable railings are great at maintaining your view.  A view to beautiful scenery can be a lake view in Salt Lake City Utah, a mountain view in Denver Colorado, an ocean view in the British Virgin Islands or a rooftop view in downtown Boston MA.  These are the places where cable railings are typically found.
Waterfront properties especially are popular places to find cable railings since the cabling and hardware originated from marine products and sail boats.  The stainless steel wire rope and stainless steel cable fittings evoke a nautical feeling that most waterfront property owners really enjoy.
Using cable as the infill for your railing will give it a very “sleek” and “modern” look.  For this reason we have also found many interior applications.  Interior staircases and interior guard rails have become increasing popular places to use cable railings.  Since we do not have to face the elements with an interior railing we can get a little more creative with the railings design.
Want to see a project in person?  Just let me know and I can search our database to see if we have done a railing near you.

-        Jason   

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Bringing the Mediterranean style to your home.

The Mediterranean Style developed in the 1800s conjures up images of a villa overlooking rolling hills or the beautiful coastal views of the Mediterranean sea. It is a formal yet welcoming style with an old world charm and a comfortable ambiance.  Colors are warm and alluring and textures abound. Arching windows and doorways add a bit of seductiveness to the otherwise rectangular exterior lines. Interiors are spacious and grounded with heavy architectural elements such as wrought iron railings and grills, heavy stone, marble and large beams or columns.   Although this style was most typically built in warm climates, where spacious rooms lend itself to the indoor-outdoor lifestyles, it can also add warmth and charm to any home just by adding a few decorative touches.

Color and Texture

Color and texture are hallmarks of this style. Start with color, Mediterranean colors tend to echo the sky and the sea but often include warm terra cotta and yellow.  Use color washing techniques to create the look of naturally aged walls and bring in the feel of a sun drenched Italian villa.

Furnishings
Unlike days gone by, where home accessory purchases were limited to the big box retail outlets, the internet allows us to find products created by artisans and craftsman giving you a much wider choice of high quality products. Whether it’s that unique terra cotta pot or that mosaic tile back splash or some wrought iron accents like an iron balcony railing or wrought iron table, the internet can be a great place to find those unique items. Use sturdy furniture that sits low to the floor. Top it off with colorful pillows and sheer white or neutral color curtains and you will find yourself coming home to a little slice of Tuscany.

Monday, November 22, 2010

Top Rail Selection

When choosing the right top rail for your railing project there are many factors you should consider. You will notice that when you look at our company’s website many of our railings are shown with a wood top rail. Many of our customers prefer wood top rail and here is why you might want to consider a wood top rail for your application as well.

Wood is the easiest material to install since it’s the easiest to cut, drill and miter. This means that any person with basic carpentry skills could install one of our railing systems with ease. Since the top rail is the only section of the railing that you will constantly put your hands on, it is typically softer and smoother to the touch than metal. Wood will also not fluctuate in temperature the way metal does while metal rails can get very cold in the winter time and overly hot in the summer time.

A metal top rail is of course the lowest maintenance selection. But there are many different species of wood these days that are considered little to no maintenance. We typically recommend IPE (Brazilian Walnut) for your outdoor application. IPE pronounced (ee-pay) is a very strong wood that is considered to be part of the “iron wood” family. IPE is so dense and heavy that if you toss a piece of it into a lake it will immediately sink. You can decide to oil IPE once or twice a year or you can always decide to just let it age naturally and it will turn a light grey in color. Plus the combination of materials (wood, powder coated metal, and stainless) just looks great!

Whichever top rail material you choose for your railing applications please make sure it’s a strong one. A cable railing has force factors involved that most railings do not. Therefore it is imperative that the top rail be very sturdy since it’s a key component of the entire railing design.
- Jason

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Fascia Mount Vs Surface Mount

I always get customers asking me about how to attach their railing to their application. There are many different ways to attach your railing although the most popular methods are mounting to the “Fascia” or mounting to the “Surface”. Fascia mounting is also sometimes referred to as a “side mount” or “joist mount”, while surface mounting is occasionally referred to as a “deck mount”, “floor mount”, or even a “top mount”.

There are many advantages and disadvantages to both…

I find that most of our customers prefer to fascia mount their railings and here is why. When you are tight on space the fascia mount will be located on the outside of your deck or stair which will allow you to get a few more inches of room. Most people spend time sitting on their deck looking out at their view and with the fascia mount, the attachment of the post is hidden behind the backside of your deck. This means that the hardware will not be seen either. When your railing is indoors this can be beneficial because it will not collect dust, and you won’t be stubbing your toe in the middle of the night. This also means less to sweep or vacuum around. The same applies for outdoors, there will be less to rake or shovel snow around. Overall fascia mounting is generally considered a stronger attachment method.

There are disadvantages to fascia mounting that you should also consider. Installation is a bit tougher. Typically it becomes a two man job. One person will need to hold the post in place while the other person marks the holes to be drilled. Metal railings can be heavy and if you have lots of linear footage your arms will get tired. Another consideration is the overhang also referred to as a bull nose (typically about ¾” to 1”). If you have one of these on the edge of your deck you will now need to accommodate it. Your options are to purchase a post that has a z shaped bend (like the Keuka Style), purchase our metal spacers (or make your own from wood) and you can always notch out the overhang in each post location.

 I find that the biggest advantage to surface mounting is how much easier it makes your installation. Thanks to gravity the posts will stand up easily by themselves which means your project can now be a one man installation job. No overhang to avoid here. Just put it down, line it up and screw it in place. Also, it is one of the most common methods to attach posts to concrete or tile.

Surface mounting has a few disadvantages to consider. Surface mounting typically is considered a weaker attachment method in wood unless it was planned for properly by installing wood blocking under the decking. Think of it as if you have a giant lever and as you lean against your railing which would pull out the screws unless they are embedded in at least 3 inches of wood.  of material to lag bolt into.

Hopefully you will find this informative for your attachment method decision. If you still can’t decide which way to go you can always do a combination of both!

- Jason

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