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The Top 5 Reasons to Choose a Fiberglass Balustrade System

Posted on 1/21/20 5:00 AM

Adding new balustrades to the exterior of your home or commercial facility is a great way to improve your building's curb appeal, and it can also help to improve the safety of porches, staircases, and raised walkways on your property. However, with there being so many materials to choose from when looking at balustrade systems, it can be difficult to know which system to choose. While wood has often been the material of choice for balustrades, more people are choosing to instead go with fiberglass balustrades due to the enhanced benefits that they can provide. If you are considering purchasing new balustrades for your building's exterior, here are just a few of the benefits that you could gain by choosing fiberglass balustrades.  

 

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How to Make your Deck Winter-Ready

Posted on 1/14/20 5:00 AM

Is your deck winter ready? Probably not, and we are not surprised. With much to take care of before the first frost, your deck is probably the least of your worries. But it should be. The short snowy days and longer extra cold nights of winter can leave severe damage to your deck, patio, or porch. This is notably worse if you live in an area with harsh winters. So, as much as all you want to do is stay indoors and snuggle up, it's essential you prepare your deck for winter. 

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Top Eight FAQS on Fiberglass Columns Addressed

Posted on 1/2/20 5:00 AM

Once associated with commercial buildings, fiberglass columns are now an incredibly popular fixture in residential spaces and for all the right reasons. For instance, they are incredibly durable and boast exceptional versatility. Also, when you consider their little to no maintenance, these columns are a more gentle option on your budget. If used creatively, these columns can serve as a unique focal point to your porch or deck.

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Aluminum Railings vs. Steel Railings for Your Deck

Posted on 12/26/19 5:00 AM

Planning to switch out your old deck railings for new ones but torn between aluminum and steel? Well, you're not alone. This is a puzzle most homeowners are often unable to solve, and we don't blame them as both metals pack closely related perks. Even though we don't have a cut and dried answer, we'll help you determine the best between the two by comparing the two materials.

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Six Things Your Two-Tier Decks Need to Stay Strong

Posted on 12/19/19 5:00 AM

A two-tier deck provides extra space where you can lounge and enjoy the sun or shade. The beautiful outdoor setting that two-tier decks create goes a long way in enhancing your home's aesthetic and resale value. Proper maintenance of your deck improves its useful life. Likewise, poor maintenance can lead to deck collapses.

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What's the Best Railing Material for Cold Weather Decks and Porches?

Posted on 12/4/19 5:00 AM

When adding a railing  system to a porch or deck, it is important that climate is taken into consideration when choosing the material for your railings. This is particularly critical in colder climates, as extreme temperature fluctuations and moist weather conditions can wreak havoc on certain building materials. Choosing a durable railing material is particularly critical in areas that see harsh winters, as railings can provide the safety and stability needed to prevent accidental injuries, and potentially fatal falls, when there is snow and ice on the ground. 

 

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What Are Some Signs That Your Home's Features Need Some Love?

Posted on 11/26/19 5:00 AM

As you your home comes into view and you pull into the driveway at the end of the day, what is the first thing that comes to mind? Is it how nice your home looks? If you aren't proud when you see your house, then it may be time to give the features a boost. Here is how to tell when it is time to repair your home's features.


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Balustrade System: Choosing the Right Design for Your Project

Posted on 11/13/19 5:00 AM

A balustrade system is an excellent addition to any home. It's especially ideal if you're looking to add style and sophistication to your home without having to do some major construction work. Besides home, balusters are also a great addition to commercial buildings. However, for them to play their role well, you need first to consider the design you want, as there are plenty of balustrade styles in the market currently. Fortunately, you're in good company as described herein are some of the factors you ought to consider while selecting the right design for the balusters.

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How High a Balustrade System Do You Need?

Posted on 10/23/19 5:00 AM

Whether you are planning a deck, a balcony, or have a second-story overlook inside your home; balustrade systems are an essential part of most home designs in one way or another. A balustrade system is a protective type of railing that consist of posts, rails, and balusters. A baluster is a vertical molded shaft, traditionally shaped like opening rosebuds. However, modern baluster systems can take many shapes and forms, including sheets of clear safety glass between the rails.

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Aluminum Railing: Why It's A Great Addition To Your Deck

Posted on 10/16/19 5:00 AM

The perfect finishing touch for your deck is aluminum railing. This railing is made completely from aluminum alloy and has so many great benefits. Here are 4 excellent reasons why you should consider aluminum railing for your deck. 

Durability Isn't An Issue 


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Aging in Place Comfortably with Aluminum Railing

Posted on 10/9/19 5:00 AM

Aging in place is one of the best forms of retirement there is. You can make long-term plans to enjoy your home, staying connected with family and living in the place you find more comfortable and familiar. Of course, the idea of comfortable changes with us as we age. One of the best things you can do for yourself when planning to age in place is to make subtle upgrades to the home that will make life easier over time.

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Smart Places for Aluminum Railing in a Family Home

Posted on 10/2/19 5:00 AM

Aluminum Railing is one of the most versatile types of fencing available. Durable, attractive, and sturdy for such a lightweight material, aluminum makes a fantastic railing design for both indoor and outdoor rails. In a family home where there are small children, pets, and visiting grandchildren, aluminum railing is an incredibly smart investment and not just around balconies and decks.


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Four Reasons to Install a Balustrade System

Posted on 10/1/19 5:00 AM

Balustrades serve as elegant reminders of bygone times, as well as practical safety structures. They enhance the appearance and value of a property, while at the same time offering a high level of design customization, and no need for intensive maintenance (if any at all).

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10 Questions You Should Ask Yourself Before Refinishing Your Wrap-Around Patio

Posted on 8/22/19 6:00 AM

Did you know there are millions of aging decks across the United States in need of repairs and refinishing? The devastating news is that hundreds of deck accidents occur each year that could have been prevented by regularly repairing and refinishing these unsafe structures. At first glance, refinishing your wrap-around patio seems to be about keeping up appearances, but at its core, it is about safety. Let's take a quick look at the importance of refinishing your patio and 10 questions you should ask yourself before you begin your own refinishing project. 

Importance of Refinishing your Wrap-Around Patio

Refinishing your wrap-around patio every few years or as needed is important for a variety of reasons. For starters, you want the outside of your home to look as great as the inside. A shabby deck can quickly ruin the look of your home. A well-maintained patio will also add value to your home in the event you decide to sell in the future. Potential buyers will be much more interested in a home which has an appealing wrap-around patio.

More important than the aesthetic reasons to refinish your patio are the safety reasons. Refinishing your patio protects the wood from rot, which extends the life of the wood. This is also a good opportunity to check for compromises in the structural integrity of your deck. Any issues with the flooring, railings, stairs, etc. can be repaired and refinished at the same time, giving you peace of mind knowing that your wrap-around patio can be enjoyed safely by family and friends. 

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The Top 9 Benefits of Balustrade Systems

Posted on 8/13/19 10:30 AM

Investing in beautifully crafted systems is one of the most effective ways to enhance your property's aesthetic appeal and safety. Their versatility makes balustrades a cost-effective means of improving a property's overall value, regardless of a home's architectural style or landscaping. Whether your home is traditional or contemporary in style, a balustrade can help you and your guests feel safe and protected. Below are the top nine benefits of balustrade systems.

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Top Reasons Why You Should Use Aluminum Railings for Your Next Project

Posted on 8/1/19 12:00 AM

Nothing adds flair and distinction to a home or any other building than an elegant deck. However, these two elements only come into play when the right railing material is used. But, due to the countless railing materials available in the market, choosing one that adds a dash of unique to your deck can be quite a mean feat. To make it a tad easier for you, we strongly recommend you use aluminum railings for your next project.

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Don't Let Your New Railing Be a Liability to Your Business: 7 Essential Elements of a Reliable Railing

Posted on 4/9/19 7:00 AM

It's simply good business to take every opportunity to maximize assets and minimize liabilities. When it comes to your new railing system, you want it to be an asset in every way possible. With some careful planning, you can avoid the pitfalls that might turn it into a liability.

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4 Home Improvement Projects Using Aluminum Railing

Posted on 3/28/19 6:00 AM

Aluminum railing is one of the most popular modern materials for home improvements. It is lightweight, rust-free, and easy to work with. Aluminum railing can look shiny and industrial or dark and matte-finished to match any style of home. It is also incredibly durable, making it ideal for both indoor and outdoor use. You can even add railing as a safety or home design feature in places where it does not traditionally go.

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Install Deck Railing Posts the Right Way

Posted on 3/12/19 6:00 AM

The addition of a deck to your home adds a lot to the enjoyment of your home along with market value. However, it can become a safety hazard and resell liability if its railings are weak or loose. If you install deck-railing posts the right way, you can avoid both of these issues. Here is a step-by-step guide to help you out.


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An Aluminum Railing Saves You Money on Your Deck Now and Into the Future

Posted on 2/5/19 2:00 PM

Adding a deck to your backyard or pool area is a great way to create a gathering spot for family and friends that will surely lead to cherished memories in the years to come. But any new home addition will obviously cost money, first with the initial installation and then through ongoing maintenance costs. If you are looking for a way to add a great deck to your home, but in a way that will not break the bank, an aluminum railing can help you accomplish these goals. Here's how an aluminum railing can help keep your project costs down during the initial installation and into the future.

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