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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

Saturday, November 6, 2010

Starbuck Safeway railing photos

Here are a couple of photos of the first Safeway store cable railing installation. 

Friday, November 5, 2010

Keuka Studios railings in Starbucks

We are thrilled to have been selected as the primary vendor for railings for the new Starbucks-Safeway Kiosks!

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