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Five Factors to Consider While Shopping for Patio Balustrade Systems

Posted on 6/2/20 5:00 AM

A few decades ago, balustrade systems were strictly for safety purposes. Fast forward to today's advanced interior and exterior design age; they're increasingly taking on a design role. Thus they are more of a feature than a fixture, and you can use them to spice up different areas of your home. For instance, you can use them to add a creative pop to an otherwise plain-looking patio. If you're considering this, here are a few factors to help you get the perfect balustrade systems

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Aluminum Railings for Commercial Office Space

Posted on 3/24/20 5:00 AM

Commercial property owners know the value (and requirement) of quality railings at their office properties. You need to keep your tenants safe by preventing slip and falls accidents; and you need to keep your office buildings up to code. Finally, high quality aluminum railings add an element of style and a quality finishing touch to the appearance of your building.

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6 Reasons Why You Should Add a Deck Railing on Your Investment Property

Posted on 3/17/20 5:00 AM

Are you looking for a way to make your investment property safer, more attractive, more marketable, or more profitable? Here are the reasons adding a deck railing on your investment property is a way to accomplish those goals.  

The Building Code May Require a Deck Railing

The international codes for residential and commercial buildings require deck railings for decks more than 30 inches above the grade. The local building code for the municipality your property is located in may have a different standard.

For safety reasons, building codes also regulate deck features such as rail height, baluster spacing, and guardrail strength. It's important to invest in high-quality railings that meet building code standards. As a property owner, you're also responsible for seeing that the deck is installed according to the manufacturer's instructions. Low-quality materials or improper installation can expose you to liability.

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6 Advantages of Aluminum Railings

Posted on 3/5/20 5:00 AM

If you need a railing in your home, whether it's to safeguard the edge of an open loft or to provide an attractive boundary around the edge of your back deck, you have a slew of different materials you could choose. However, if you compare them all side-by-side, you're going to find that aluminum is the one that is the best value for your money.

 

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If You Are Considering DIY, Consider Aluminum Railing First

Posted on 2/18/20 5:00 AM

Many of us have started, once or twice, to consider the do-it-yourself installation of a new or replacement railing system for a home, apartment, or other residential facility. If that never turned into a definite plan and project, for you, it is very understandable.

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Tips to Help You Choose Railings for Your New Deck

Posted on 2/4/20 5:00 AM

When building a deck, it is important that you choose the right railings in order to ensure the safety of you and your loved ones. However, you will also want to make sure that you choose a railing that is not only functional, but that is also beautiful and will continue to be so for years to come. Yet, with so many options for deck railing on the market, how will you know which will be the right option for your home? Here is a look at a few things that you should take into consideration when choosing deck railing for your home to ensure that you make the right choice.

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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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