For proper roof top safety, there are 3 general areas that require fall protection planning: Leading Edge, Entry/Exit Access points, and skylights.
Roof Top Safety Summary
This type of safety rail fall protection is the preferred method and requires the least amount of employee training and required inspection.
Clamp on perimeter systems are very popular and allow edge to edge protection without fall restraint by using lumber as a safety rail. A medium amount of training and inspection is required for this type of protection.
Skylights & Hatch
All skylights & roof access points are required to be protected.
Typically a warning line system must be a minimum of 15 ft. from a hazard (consult your local OSHA requirements). For Work outside the safe zone, workers must use an approved PFAS restraint system. A medium amount of training and inspection is required for this type of protection if workers stay inside safe zone.
Fall Restraint simply stops the worker from getting near the fall hazard. A fall restraint system consists of an anchor point (either stationary or mobile cart), a personal harness or body belt and a lanyard or restraint line. The length of the restraint must not allow the worker to reach any fall hazard such as unprotected leading edge, stairwell, skylight, or open access hazard, etc. A medium amount of training and daily inspection is necessary for this type of system.
If a worker can reach a fall hazard then a PFAS system must be used to stop or arrest the fall in an emergency. A Fall Arrest system consists of an anchor point (stationary or mobile cart), a PFA approved full body harness and lifeline. The length of the lifeline must be sized to each job. Thorough employee training and daily inspection of equipment is required for Fall Arrest systems.
Company: Garlock Safety Systems
Cable railings have become a popular choice in recent years for completing decks, stairways and other projects in homes, commercial buildings and public spaces. They are easy to install and designed to withstand weather extremes, providing a low-maintenance railing with many benefits. In fact, many buildings that incorporate cable railings through remodeling or retrofitting see an increase in resale value.
If you’re looking for an opportunity to install a cable railing, here are the more popular places where they are used.
Undoubtedly the most common place to install a cable railing is on a backyard deck. Builders and homeowners know that a deck can be a prized possession, especially in the warm summer months when we all love to barbecue and relax with family and friends outside.
In every municipality, building codes require certain precautions to keep occupants safe. This almost always includes a railing. The one thing about adding a railing to a deck, however, is that they tend to block the scenic views — the reason many decks are built in the first place. Cable railings allow for the clearest view, and the least amount of work to maintain it.
BALCONIES OR TERRACES
A balcony is a lot like a deck, but in this case the platform is supported by the structure of the building rather than standing alone as an attachment. Balconies and terraces are usually smaller than a deck, but still deserve a strong, stylish railing. Used for smaller outdoor spaces, a cable railing’s transparent quality can provide a feeling of spaciousness and an optimal view.
Stairs are another common place for cable railing. There is almost no instance where a railing isn’t required where there are stairs. A cable railing is an affordable, easy-to-install railing option for staircases and other interior applications. With an inconspicuous yet complementary look, cable railings provide the open feeling so many homeowners desire.
Cable railings can easily be incorporated in outdoor spaces to mark pathways and add interest to landscaping. By using a cable railing rather than a wooden fence, you can appreciate the entire outdoor space without obstruction. Also, installing cables in a garden setting will allow climbing plants and other vines to show off and make the railing a part of the landscape.
If you have a pool or spa on your property, you’re already aware of the municipal codes requiring you to have a protective fence or railing. Chain-link fences can ruin the aesthetic of your property, and wood fences usually require a great deal of upkeep. Installing a cable railing around your pool will keep your property looking nice, cut down on chores, and keep children safe. This type or guard rail is approved by many building codes as a pool perimeter, although you should always check with your city or county before ordering or installing one.
Company: Stainless Cable & Railing Inc.
In a previous post, we examined the pros and cons of railing infill alternatives. If an unobstructed view is a priority, the railing in-fill is usually glass or cable. Glass has its fans, but frequent cleaning can be a turn-off to some. Cable rail requires much less effort to keep up a fresh appearance.
However, both in-fill systems are identical in one respect: An attractive, durable railing system is required. In most applications, the strength, affordability, and beauty of long-lasting aluminum is the preferred railing choice. Aluminum also works well in interior or exterior applications.
But what about aluminum railing color?
Feeney offers 14 standard colors and over 200 custom colors for its DesignRail® aluminum railing system. To make sure the color holds up, especially in exterior projects, the aluminum railing receives a power-coated finish to the AAMA-2604 standard. That helps ensure color retention, impact resistance, and harsh weather protection.
With so many color choices, is there a one that especially supports an unobstructed view?
Absolutely, say Jason Russell, Tacoma, Wash.-based deck contractor and aka Dr. Decks®. In the doctor’s professional opinion, one color stands out for an outstanding viewing prognosis.
“It’s black,” Russell says. “When you’re sitting on your deck, admiring your view of the water, mountains, field, trees, or your neighbor’s place, the less obstructed the better.
“You tend to look past darker colors, minimizing visual conflict. Lighter colors, like white, tend to draw the eye and distract. If you’re framing glass or cable, all you see is that white aluminum frame.” Says the 21-year deck-building veteran, “black helps avoid the distraction.”
“I’ve heard some homeowners say, ‘Okay, but won’t a black railing look funny with my house?’ I know curb appeal is important. But many homeowners become attracted to a railing color without thinking through what they’ll really see when they’re sitting on their lounge chair or the view from the kitchen. A black railing is better than being penned-in by a white or light-colored railing.”
Russell cites another reason for his recommendation: “I live on the West Coast and black and other dark colors are trending hot. Black is my number one, go-to color.”
Feeney customers agree. Black and Bronze Matte (another darker shade) top the popular colors list for the DesignRail® aluminum railing line of colors.
Company: Feeney, Inc
Product: DesignRail® Aluminum Railings
To get an idea of Jordan Iverson's growing reputation as a world-class home designer and builder, Houzz.com is a good place to start. All 18 of his reviewers share a common verdict: A 5-star rating. Perhaps more telling is the fact his home designs, voted on by the vast Houzz community, have earned the Best of Houzz – Design Award the last five years running.
Iverson's work has appeared in print in Eugene Magazine as well as Portrait of Seattle magazine. And cable TV powerhouse HGTV also recognizes Iverson’s design skills. In the popular home design channel's Faces of Design, Iverson is one of six top U.S. designers in their “Kitchen + Dining” category. As Iverson’s reputation has spread worldwide, he has had to politely decline numerous commission opportunities from nearly all points across the globe, including some from as far away as Australia, Dubai, Canada, and South America. "With a wife and three kids, leaving home for a month or two at a time just wouldn’t work," the owner and designer of Jordan Iverson Signature Homes quietly observes.
This is Jordan Iverson, the do-it-all home-building designer, interior designer, and builder that's rapidly emerging as Eugene, Oregon's go-to custom home builder. International praise just happens to be a well-earned by-product of delighting Eugene-area homebuyers for the last 16 years.
"My dad was a builder so I grew up around it,” Iverson explains. "When I married at 22, I decided to strike out on my own. We do every square inch of the design, inside and out. Each home we build is from the ground up. We’ve never built the same home twice."
If you detect a hint of pride, you wouldn't be mistaken. Iverson is a self-taught home and interior designer, claiming magna cum laude in the unforgiving school of the marketplace. Today Steve Wright, licensed architect, Driana Zehr, interior designer, and Chris Langenberg, project manager/site supervisor, round-out the Jordan Iverson Signature Homes team.
Iverson describes his design aesthetic as "warm modern" and "very Northwest inspired with warm wood materials and warmer gray colors that are never cold or harsh."
As home building auteurs, Iverson and his team work will happily honor the owner’s wishes but are more accustomed to making nearly all design decisions. After all, that’s what the owner is buying: A superbly-integrated design vision.
That vision routinely includes a signature design statement … the use of cable rail systems inside and out.
Feeney Makes It Easy
"Almost every design has had stainless steel cable rail of some kind. It really opens up views with a really nice, slim profile. The maintenance-free benefit is also great," Iverson says.
"Longevity and style are big benefits," he adds. "We don'’'t sell upgrades or issue change orders. If it'’'s right, we do it. The value of cable rail is very easy to present."
For Iverson, Feeney is more than his supplier of choice for cable rail systems. The Feeney name itself is morphing from a noun into a verb. "Feeney is the industry standard. A Feeney system has the clean look we’re after. Quality and budget are also important considerations where Feeney shines.
"The Feeney name is synonymous with cable rail systems. They’re the Kleenex® or Xerox® of cable rail," Iverson declares. Can 'Let’s Feeney those steps' be far behind?
Today Iverson is broadening his brand to include four subdivisions that are expected to open later this year. "We're excited by that," Iverson says.
And so are the home buyers of Eugene, Oregon.
Company: Feeney, Inc
This deck got a face-lift with cable railing infill from Ultra-tec®. See the improvements in the before and after photos. Are you ready to upgrade your deck with Ultra-tec® Cable Railing? Request a quote now!
Company: The Cable Connection
Finding the right railing for a new staircase, loft, or other indoor area can be difficult. Most traditional railings take up and break up space. The minimal design of a cable railing system instead keeps your layout open and expansive. Offered in a variety of color, material, and shape options, you'll be sure to find the perfect system for your home. Even if you already have a frame in mind, fill it with our marine-grade stainless steel cable infill and fittings for a stylish and near-invisible end result.
Company: Stainless Cable & Railing Inc.
Solar panel arrays. Reclaimed wood. Ultra low-flow toilets. Smart thermostats. Continuous insulation. Volatile organic compound (VOC)-free paint. Recyclable railings. The list of ways American home designers, developers, builders, and owners slash energy expense, promote household comfort and health, and embrace green building practices grows by the day.
The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) is carefully monitoring these practices, too. The people behind the widely known LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certification program for commercial and residential structures say more than 121,900 residential units have now earned LEED certification worldwide.
USGBC research also indicates more than of half of consumers rank green and energy-efficiency as top requirements for their next home. Even renters say a LEED-certified property is topped only by a prime central business district location as a desirable feature, according to USGBC studies. Today the USGBC predicts a whopping 84 percent of all 2018 residential construction will have sustainable features.
“All of our architectural products are made from stainless steel and/or aluminum which are among the most recycled materials on the planet,” says Brad Adsit, Feeney’s Product Development/Engineering Manager. “But that’s just the beginning of how we support a green building ethic.”
Feeney may have one of the most comprehensive, earth-friendly manufacturing programs in the architectural products business. Points of proof:
- The grade 316 stainless steel cable used with Feeney CableRail products contains 70 percent pre-consumer recycled content.
- The aluminum extrusions used in the DesignRail® railing system contain 40% pre-consumer and 30% post-consumer recycled content.
- Low maintenance requirements mean no treatments, stains, solvents, varnishes, or preservative that may contain harmful chemicals.
- CableRail fittings and cables use less raw material and allow easier handling, lower shipping costs, and less transit fuel consumption.
- Feeney’s California manufacturing facility is nearly energy self-sufficient thanks to an immense 5,000 square foot solar panel array.
- Feeney’s powder coating facility in Nebraska emits no V.O.C.s or heavy metal waste, uses a non-chromium pre-treatment wash, and reclaims 93 percent of the wastewater.
This is only a partial list. As you consider railing system options as part of a green homebuilding project, keep Feeney in mind as a LEED-friendly supplier.
“Feeney contributes points to the various LEED version 4 rating systems in the Materials and Resources credit category, by disclosing product ingredients to demonstrate raw material optimization,” according to Adsit.
“We work hard to be thoughtful stewards of our natural resources,” notes Adsit. “Improving our ability to deliver greener building solutions is a continuous, relentless priority.”
Company: Feeney, Inc
The BlueWater Architectural Series combines our OSHA compliant non-penetrating guardrail system with an aesthetically pleasing architectural appeal. Full protection with visual appeal. Optional Straight and Incline Stanchions available.
The Architectural Series combines our non-penetrating guardrail system with an architectural appeal for those applications where appearance of the railing is important. The Architectural Series has a pleasing sightline and can enhance the overall appearance of your building while maintaining a fall protection barrier around the roof edge that meets OSHA Regulations. Since the Architectural Series utilizes the same patented, non-penetrating base as the SafetyRail 2000, your roof system will maintain its integrity and not be compromised by having to penetrate the roof surface for installation. The Architectural Series is ideal for new building construction, adding passive fall protection to an existing building or as an addition to existing guardrails.
- More pleasing sightlines
- No holes need to be drilled
- Three uprights available: Curved, Incline or Straight
- Meets and exceeds OSHA Regulations for Fall Protection
- No intermediate counterweights required
- Up to 10 foot spacing between uprights
- Special orders for powder coated rail sections
- Custom engineering / manufacturing available for special applications
- Architectural Series has been tested by a nationally-known engineering firm and found to be in accordance with OSHA regulations
- These regulations are in fall protection for guardrail; sections 1910.23 and sections 1926.500 -1926.503
Company: BlueWater Mfg
Product: SafetyRail 2000 Architectural Series
Though the structural support for Museum Tower apartments was already in place by 2009, the recession and a stalled residential sales market indefinitely halted construction. Then, in late 2015, the tower began to rise – at a pace of one floor every four days, in fact! In just a year-and-a-half, we have witnessed Museum Tower come to life in Charlotte, North Carolina. 
SC Railing provided over 8,000 combined lf of railing, windscreen and balcony dividers to this LEED Silver project
Owner/Developer, Childress Klein, had long planned for this 394-unit apartment tower to be constructed some 43 stories above the existing Mint Museum Uptown Charlotte. Juxtaposed with the luminous Duke Energy Center, Museum Tower apartments inherited a hefty responsibility; as any building sharing space with the Duke Energy skyscraper had better be worthy of the real estate it occupies. We believe Museum Tower earns that appointment, and then some!
SC Railing Company provided more than 8,000 combined linear feet of 2-line aluminum and glass balcony railing, along with balcony dividers and custom rooftop windscreen. Museum Tower marries a refined interior design aesthetic and floor-to-ceiling windows with glass balcony railings, for sweeping city views. Balcony railings were constructed using 3/8” clear tempered glass, and 1/4” tempered, double-sided acid etched balcony dividers for added privacy between residences.
Mint Museum features 2-Line Glass and aluminum balcony railing with glass dividers
Museum Tower’s rooftop lounge includes a heated saltwater pool with cabanas, indoor and outdoor fireplaces, and a game room. The amenity area’s perimeter is wrapped with 8’ high, 1/2” clear tempered glass panels, for which SC Railing Company provided custom aluminum segmented base shoe mounts. Transporting these panels, weighing upwards of 125 pounds, was one of the challenges of this high-rise project. Getting glass to the project safely became an issue early on, as one of our glass delivery trucks was struck by another vehicle on I-77, a mere couple of miles from the jobsite. Fortunately, there were no injuries, but we lost nearly an entire shipment of glass in the collision. For an already fast-tracked project, this threw us into high gear. We worked very hard to adhere to rigid timelines, replacing damaged glass, and getting all materials to the Museum Tower safely. Hurdle by hurdle, we endured!
A post supported windscreen with custom aluminum segmented base shoe mounts secures 125-pound, 8-foot tall glass panels surrounding the pool and amenity area located on the 42nd floor
Bringing the Museum Tower project to a close has us coming full-circle, as this was the final phase of construction of the Mint Museum Uptown Charlotte project, which we provided railings for in 2010. This builiding’s completion has been more than seven years in the making! SC Railing Company is pleased to have partnered with General Contractor, Batson-Cook, in providing our glass railing products for this LEED Silver project, a veritable crowning jewel of the Queen City skyline.
Architect: Rule Joy Trammell + Rubio
Owner/Developer: Childress Klein
General Contractor: Batson-Cook
Product: Civic 2-Line
Paul Gleicher, acclaimed architect and published author, is a man of exceptional taste. Owners of high-end residential properties, including townhouses, penthouses, apartments, and houses seek out the New York City-based architect for his sophisticated, award-winning design sense. There are even Gleicher-designed barns.
“I think there’s a growing interest in barns,” Gleicher says. “There’s a real sense of history when you step into these structures. They’re large, open spaces that favor today’s lifestyle.”
Four Barns Farm Project
Take Gleicher’s Four Barns Farm project in rural Millbrook, N.Y., about a 90-minute drive outside of New York City. A prominent investment industry executive and his family took Gleicher’s advice to look at Millbrook for their weekend retreat. Within short order, the executive purchased a 40-acre estate formerly owned by composer Marvin Hamlisch. The property included a cluster of four dilapidated barns from the mid-1800s.
Gleicher remembers the initial chat with the new owner well. “’Paul, let’s turn these barns into a family compound.’ It was my first barn project,” says the recipient of The Franklin Report’s top five-star rating.
The interior scale offered Gleicher a rich palette to showcase beautifully-restored oak and pine floors, ceilings, and walls. To help dramatize the interior, Gleicher turned to CableRail by Feeney after considering traditional wood balustrades.
“CableRail is a really nice counterpoint to all the wood. Wood has warmth, but timber also has a certain heaviness to it. CableRail became a natural component. It made a lot of sense,” Gleicher says.
Gleicher liked the idea of setting off the balcony spaces with a light, open look. “CableRail afforded that visual connection from the upper stories to the lower stories and vice-versa. It’s really important to maintain that if you have a lot of people in the space. It helps communication,” he observes.
Gleicher notes this was his “first go-around with CableRail” and the experience didn’t disappoint him in any respect. Feeney proved to be exceptionally helpful and easy to work with. In fact, Gleicher is quick to contrast his Feeney experience with another buildings products manufacturer. He was researching ceiling fans for another project and had a couple technical questions. He was told by the manufacturer ‘That’s up to you. It’s your responsibility.’ In contrast, Feeney’s friendly technical staff were on call to answer all of his CableRail questions.
Installation proved to be a snap. “We just had the general contractor install the in-fill system. It’s not complicated at all,” says Gleicher.
Dream Come True
The owner “absolutely loves” the Four Barns Farm project Gleicher delivered. “They take every opportunity to talk about the project, invite people over. For the family, it’s a dream come true,” he reports.
It has also won its share of fans on Houzz. Gleicher states that the Four Barns Farm is one of the firm’s most popular projects on the renovation website, generating over 30,000 views and added to more than 250 Ideabooks.
The idea of blending the open lightness of CableRail in stylish interior settings is now a top consideration for the award-winning architect. “I’m very happy with the product and will always keep it in mind.” Who says you can’t mix classy urban sophistication with friendly down-home charm? Just ask Paul Gleicher.
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Company: Feeney, Inc
Signature line of uniquely reinforced aluminum posts, matching top rails, and inline handrails. All aluminum products are available in five color options: black, bronze, white, natural, and clay.
These uniquely designed aluminum posts and top rails offer an economical alternative to our stainless steel and premium wood frame options, without compromising architectural resilience. Designed specifically for cable railing applications, these products are reinforced to have greater strength and durability than standard aluminum posts. With two top rail options, a handrail that can double as support for a wood top rail, and five color options, this line offers the greatest number of options.
- Five powder-coat color options: black, bronze, natural, clay, and white
- Two top rail design options: rectangular or shaped
- Posts are available for 36”, 42”, and custom height systems and can be deck, fascia, or core mounted
- Posts are compatible with any of our assemblies and can be ordered pre-drilled. Grommets are recommended to keep the stainless steel cables from reacting with the aluminum.
- The aluminum handrail runs between posts for use in any system regardless of shape or slope. Can be used as a standalone, inline, or stair handrail.
- Handrail can also be used as inline support for a wood top rail.
Company: Stainless Cable & Railing Inc.
Contemporary architectural styles are on the rise, but for those that don’t want to lose that traditional feel, consider a rustic design complemented by modern touches. In the design world, this style is called transitional. The experts at Fresh Home define transitional design as the blending of modern and traditional elements; the result is a cohesive design.
Transitional design can be applied in many different ways in most every room in the house as well as outdoors. Case and point below.
This kitchen embodies all the charm of a rustic space with its large, weathered beams grounded by wide wooden plank flooring. However, the sleek stainless steel appliances, industrial lighting, and brightly colored bar stools and give this room a more modern touch. The addition of the CableRail stair and loft railing opens up the space, making the interior more dramatic.
Here’s another great example of a transitional design that incorporates a more natural, rustic feel but is balanced with contemporary components. This home was featured on the FOX television show HOME FREE. Feeney’s CableRail was utilized as an alternative to traditional wood railing to create a sleek look complemented by the nature-inspired color palette. In addition, the patterned plywood accent wall with cylindrical concrete sconces adds depth to the space, resulting in a bucolic, simple design.
When it comes to exterior spaces, Feeney’s CableRail and DesignRail® systems are just one of the many ways to transform a rustic-style design into a more contemporary one. A cable rail infill paired with a wooden railing offers a warm yet sleek look. The railing allows the homeowners enjoy what is certainly a lush wooded view from their Adirondack chairs. The outdoor area also incorporates a beautiful natural stone accent wall giving it a cabin-like appearance, and the additional exterior walls have a dark tone to them providing a more modern feel. While each of the design elements has a distinct style, the “mix and match” approach and blends cohesively and beautifully with the environment.
Company: Feeney, Inc
Need inspiration for a deck railing? Look no further than cable railing systems by Stainless Cable & Railing Inc. Available across a spectrum of material, shape, and color options, you're sure to find the right posts and top rail for the job. Even if you plan to supply your own frame, cable infill and fittings work with any architecture style or décor.
The images below provide a small sample of completed cable railing projects submitted by our customers, all of which include our marine grade stainless steel cable and cable end fittings. For more images organized by materials used, see our Photo Gallery. Think one of our railings will be perfect for your deck? Give Stainless Cable & Railing Inc. a call or fill out our Estimate Request Form to get started.
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CableView® railing systems are defined by the craftsmanship, value, and enjoyment they provide
We build quality products, using durable, low-maintenance materials, including marine grade 316L stainless steel. Our state of the art in-house fabrication ensures quality control and allows us to accommodate the specific needs of any project.
As both manufacturer and retailer, we skip the middleman entirely. This allows us to offer our customers economical, factory-direct prices for premium products. Our durable systems will stand the test of time, providing dependable safety.
Your deck, loft, staircase, or porch railing is an integral part of your home, providing safety, visual appeal, and a great view. Simply give us a call or fill out our estimate request form, and we'll handle the rest. The clean lines and versatility of cable railing emphasize your view.
Company: Stainless Cable & Railing Inc.
EnduraLine Mobile is Safety Rail Company's most robust warning line system yet for permanent demarcation of hazardous areas. Cast iron base plates, steel stanchions, and plastic-coated galvanized cable with aluminum pennants means the EnduraLine warning line system is built for long-term exposure to the elements.
The EnduraLine Mobile system goes a step further. This non-penetrating warning line system is also designed to integrate perfectly with our SRC-360 Mobile railing system. The minimum OSHA requirement for warning line is that they be placed 15’ feet or more away from a leading edge. Any closer to the leading edge, and fall protection railings or other fall protection devices must be provided. EnduraLine combined with our SRC 360 Mobile Rail answer both requirements and provide a complete, comprehensive, OSHA-compliant perimeter guarding solution.
When personnel need access to ladders or equipment within 15’ of the edge, install the SRC 360 Mobile Railing system from the 15’ mark out toward the leading edge and around the area that needs access. Attach the EnduraLine Mobile Warning Line System to the SRC 360 Mobile rail at the 15’ mark and continue along perimeter to the next area that needs access. This configuration offers a cost-effective solution to 100% perimeter protection, designed to keep workers away from areas they shouldn’t be and protected in areas where they need to be.
- 104 lb. base plate
- 25’ stanchion spacing
- Powder-coated yellow or galvanized finish
- 39” flag height per OSHA
- 100’ galvanized cable with aluminum pennants
Safety Railing Solutions - Smarter. Better. Easier.
Safety Rail Company makes OSHA-compliant fall protection safety railings and guard rail systems that are durable and innovative, but still affordable. With years of industry experience, our fall protection products are engineered first and foremost to save lives! Beyond the primary goal of safety, we take our products a step further, making them easier to assemble, configure, use, and store.
Service Beyond Compare
Our team of safety experts takes pride in our 100% American-made fall protection systems and the personal service we give to our customers. We are firmly committed to providing:
- Dedicated one-on-one customer service
- Free in-depth consultations to ensure you have the exact system you need
- Free, fast 3D CAD project plan modeling
- 100% OSHA-compliant & made in the USA products
- Full installation services with factory trained, in-house personnel
- Ongoing partnerships that you can depend on for years to come
Let Safety Rail Company be your turn-key provider. Project design, engineering, testing, manufacturing, and installation from one trusted source.
Company: Safety Rail Company
Product: Visual Warning Line Systems
With all the direct work we do with residential and commercial architects, we know meeting your design vision is at the heart of our business. That’s why we offer a premium palette of posts, top rails, frame colors, and infill options for your specification needs.
When that interior or exterior aesthetic calls for maximum transparency, as it often does, the usual railing infill defaults are a cable or a tempered glass system. It may come as a mild surprise to some to learn our DesignRail® system offers designers both view-friendly systems. Yes, we’re a single-source, infill agnostic when it comes to meeting your project goals and budget.
Both glass and cable railing systems offer style, proven performance, and unfettered sight lines for interior or exterior applications. As you consider the best infill solution for your project, keep this in mind:
Allows full air flow across the deck or balcony area.
CableRail is easy to install with patented automatic locking jaw Quick-Connect® fittings. No crimp tools or wedge-type compression fittings required.
Stainless steel cables contain 70% pre-consumer content and 0% post-consumer content.
Compliant with the International Building Code and International Residential Code when vertical or horizontal cable spacing is 3 inches or less.
Minimal. Periodic treatment with a stainless steel cleaner and protectant is recommended. Occasional cable tightening is a routine procedure.
Tempered Glass Infill
Offers a full or partial wind break, which can be a consideration in coastal projects.
Can be modulated from clear to custom tinted, helping manage light flow and privacy.
Clear tempered exterior glass panels can prove to be a hazard to birds.
Tempered laminated glass can be specified for varying safety and security levels.
Requires periodic cleaning, though higher quality glass can help reduce cleaning time and frequency.
Tempered glass or cable... both infill msystems offer important design advantages. Feeney is at your service with winning solutions for both.
Company: Feeney, Inc
What happened to the great backyard star, the deck? Today more and more decking contractors, remodelers, and dealers have quietly morphed into outdoor lifestyle specialists. While the deck still plays a leading role, it’s now supported by a large backyard cast.
So reports Charlie Wardell, a contributing editor at Hanley Wood, the folks behind widely-read trade publications like PROFESSIONAL DECK BUILDER, BUILDER, and REMODELER. Recently Wardell shared his 2017 decking and railing outlook, gained from observations and exclusive interviews at the Deck Expo. The big takeaway: “A lot of companies are switching their marketing focus from decking and railing to outdoor living,” Wardell told us in a private chat. “They’re selling lifestyle rather than product.”
The idea isn’t new, of course, but the speed of transition may be. Mike Beaudry, executive director of NADRA (North American Deck and Railing Association), told Wardell their annual deck design award candidates used to be “deck after deck.” Beaudry says “… it’s now patios with connected decks and pools, screened-in porches, arbors, and outdoor kitchens.” It’s not your grandfather’s backyard anymore. The new normal features LED lighting, pergolas, weather-proof storage cabinets, and other indoor amenities.
What else to look for this year:
This year watch for composite boards that mimic distressed wood flooring, complete with variegated streaking. The rough-hewn rustic look appears in patterns won’t repeat for up to 12 feet. Homeowners have never had so many composite choices for color, texture, installation ease, and price points.
One composite flooring manufacturer says their boards have conquered a new frontier: They’re bare-foot friendly … or at least, friendlier. They say the new composites don’t give you the hot foot like standard composites. A special capstock technology reduces heat absorption by up to 35 percent. Even a cool new feature like this isn’t always obvious to pros, much less consumers. “At first glance, most the composite decking products look very similar,” Wardell tells us. “You have to ask questions to understand the differences.”
“Buyers also want classier railings, which is reflected in the explosion of railing products,” his states. Notable among them are cable rails, which Wardell says were especially prominent at the Expo. Lighting also features prominently in outdoor spaces, and is a great add-on to any railing.
Wardell likes the direction of industry innovation and rush to serve a mushrooming outdoor lifestyle segment. But, as he quickly adds, repositioning yourself in an evolving marketplace doesn’t guarantee success. That still comes down to old-fashioned service, quality, and performance.
Company: Feeney, Inc
Product: DesignRail® Aluminum Railings
Feeney Wins NADRA 2016 Deck Competition - Manufacturer Project Category
Each year the North American Deck and Railing Association (NADRA) holds its National Deck Competition. Prizes are awarded in a number of different categories, such as Wood Decks under $25,000, Porches, Illumination, and Manufacturer Projects, to name a few.
Projects were judged on the following criteria:
- Use of Space / Functionality
- Creativity / Innovation
- Evidence of Craftsmanship / Degree of Difficulty
- Overall Visual Appeal
All entries were judged anonymously - no identifying information could be included in the project photos. The contest was open to current NADRA members for decks completed during 2015 or 2016.
Every year the winners are announced at the Remodeling | Deck Expo | JLC Live show, and that ceremony is one of the show highlights! This year's ceremony took place at the Hard Rock Cafe in Baltimore on the first night of the event.
Feeney was proud to take home first and second place in the Manufacturer Projects category.
This year NADRA also included a People's Choice Award, using Facebook to collect votes on the best decks. Votes are still being tallied as we speak, but we are all crossing our fingers for a win with the people as well.
Company: Feeney, Inc
Product: DesignRail® Aluminum Railings
Feeney has teamed up with Kelly Edwards, television host, designer and lifestyle expert, on an elegant new container home project. The finished tiny home was featured on the Hallmark Channel’s “Home & Family” show on July 26. The tiny house movement has gained significant momentum this past year, and container homes are leading the charge. More people are finding out how tiny home living can reduce costs, while still affording the comfort they enjoy.
Embracing the trend, Edwards and her contractor Art Steedle, co-owner of Steedle Brothers Construction in Long Beach, California, have transformed a 160 square-foot container into a fully-functional, compact dwelling featuring a living room with a hidden bed, bathroom and kitchen. To complete the project, the home includes a rooftop deck with Feeney’s DesignRail® railing system, in a black powder coat finish with CableRail infill.
“Our first choice was using Feeney's rail system to make this possible. I can't even begin to tell you how it changed the look of the container,” said Edwards. “It’s sleek, modern, durable, and easy to install; everything we wanted this container to be.”
Edwards and Steedle designed the home with outdoor living in mind, with the rooftop deck as the focal point of the project. “By incorporating this space, the home just feels much larger,” explained Edwards.
Feeney’s DesignRail® system combines the durability of aluminum with innovative design details to ensure lasting beauty, structural integrity, and affordability while drastically reducing long term maintenance expenses. All rails and stanchions are made from high-strength 6000-series aluminum extrusions that can be cut and assembled on site using pre-engineered components that snap and screw together.
“Tiny homes are definitely trending among homeowners right now, and our DesignRail® is a perfect addition to these spaces because of its versatile and low-maintenance qualities,” said Andy Penny, Feeney’s vice president of marketing and advertising.
Company: Feeney, Inc
Product: DesignRail® Aluminum Railings
When it comes to design, the Color Rendering Index (CRI) is an important aspect of any lighting consideration. Different light bulbs emit different colors of light – ranging from cool tones to warm. The CRI of a bulb is determined by comparing the appearance of a colored object under an artificial light source to its appearance under natural light. The higher the CRI, the truer the color presentation.
Why is CRI important in outdoor lighting?
When you select lighting options with high CRI, colors will pop, textures will stand out, and finishes have depth and luster. As such, many architects refer to lighting as the fourth element of good design.
Selecting a high CRI is important when designing outdoor spaces, too, because it allows us to create the desired ambiance – whether it be warm and inviting for entertainment or a tranquil niche for relaxing after a long day. With the onset of the vast capabilities of LEDs, outdoor features within a space can be accented by focusing the position of the light, as pictured here with post accent lights – and it all starts with the right bulb that shines a natural (high-CRI) light.
Great outdoor lighting design, however, is more than just varying the warmth of color coming from a bulb. A high CRI allows designers to create layers and textures of light. Outdoor LEDs can be used to create complex layers of light throughout your garden. Some of the more popular lighting techniques include spotlighting, highlighting, silhouetting, shadowing and grazing (with lights mounted at or above the ceiling). Using light to designate what’s most important intuitively draws attention to specific spaces. For instance, a home may be lit on the outside, but good lighting design will incorporate layers of light to clearly denote the pathway to the entrance.
The right lighting can turn a potential hazard, such as steps and walkways, into areas that are more easily navigated after dark. This is especially important for businesses that provide services for older individuals who have poor eyesight. In fact, more and more thought is being given to the type of lighting used in parking lots, parking garages and pedestrian walkways. Facilities that install high-CRI lighting feel more secure to pedestrians and drivers, and as more institutions, such as educational, medical and commercial, run operations after dark, this is an important consideration to creating a secure and welcoming environment.
As lighting technology continues to advance, we expect awareness to grow and the importance of the Color Rendering Index to continue to be a key element in outdoor lighting design.
Company: Feeney, Inc
AvantiSystemsUSA supplies and installs a family of architectural glass wall and glass door systems. Inspired by European interior design, Avanti glass systems profile a slim line appearance with frame-less panels and sleek metallic hardware.
Download the Avanti Systems Inspiration eBook for more design ideas.
Company: Avanti Systems USA
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