Wednesday, June 21, 2017

5 Tips for Home Owners Updating Their Deck

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So, you've decided it's time to upgrade your deck -- perhaps because you've noticed there are structural weaknesses, or perhaps you are just ready to give your outdoor space a much-needed facelift. Either way, there are a number of important factors you have to juggle as you prepare for your renovation.

We've written this guide to give you a couple of handy tips that will hopefully help you make the most out of your deck.

Choose More Versatile Furniture

So-called sit and store seating makes a great addition to your deck by providing both comfortable chairs and storage space. These can be made of almost any material to match your style and can even be made waterproof!

Maximize Your Vista

Don't let your view be blocked by clunky wooden railings or gates. While safety is paramount, it should not be allowed to detract from the beauty of your home's exterior. Cable deck railing systems or steel wire railing for decks is a great way to offer protection for your home without obstructing your view.

Keep Cords Covered

Bold lighting fixtures are a great way to spruce up your exterior's design, or just a great way to illuminate an evening game of euchre with the family, but the cords providing them power are a serious tripping hazard. When updating your deck, you need to find a way to keep those cords from causing accidents. Try running them underneath the deck itself or safely securing them.

Consider Built-in Planters

Flowers and greenery offer a refreshing pop of color and provide a more whimsical and personal element to your deck. By building in a space on your deck for greenery, you are giving your space a softer, more natural appearance.

Be Unique

While we live in a world rampant with homeowners associations and regulating bodies, it is important to have a little fun while you're decorating. Opt for a flashy light feature or choose bold colors. About a third of the single-family homes sold in America in 2014 had both a patio and a porch. Don't be afraid to make yours stand out.

Summer is the perfect time to reinvent and upgrade your porch. Take the time to consider the little touches like built-in planters, cable deck railing, or light fixtures that will make your outdoor space more attractive and ultimately more reflective of who you are.

Curious about design rail for decks? Contact the Cable Rail Direct team today!

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Keeping Summer Fun: Common Signs Your Deck May Need an Upgrade

Out of all homeowners updating their favorite outdoor spaces, 29% of those spaces consisted of a complete upgrade in terms of landscape and 58% of changes were more simple, like paving. But it’s the backyard that won in terms of the percentage of homeowners making a change at an extraordinary 64%.

It makes sense. The backyard is the paradise of summer fun. Camping, BBQs, and block parties are just a few of those fun events to look forward to. And if your backyard isn’t looking the greatest, it can lead to a sense of great embarrassment. But it may not be your entire backyard that needs to be upgraded. It may just be your deck.

Signs your deck has seen better daysEven if your deck is stylistically sound, it may not be a good idea to have a deck that has signs of rot. Rot isn’t good anywhere, but if your deck is old and isn’t pressure treated, the posts holding your deck in the ground may absorb water and begin to rot which will eventually cause your deck to collapse if left untreated.

Additionally, if there’s no ledger flashing on your deck, that rot may very well be in your house rather than your deck. Ledger flashing is what keeps water from running from your deck to your house. If there’s no ledge flashing, rot can build up along your house’s siding, which may result in your deck’s eventual collapse.

Another sign your deck has seen better days is if the structure is weak. If your railing shakes, the floor boards creak and wiggle, and the ledger boards aren’t secure these can be safety hazards and may result in injury should any of these features come loose.

How to upgrade your deck
If you can, repair your deck or simply get a new one with a more updated style. Your focus should be on the functionality of your deck first and foremost. Make sure your new or repaired deck is stable, has ledger flashing, and is able to withstand pressure so water isn’t able to seep into the posts and create rot.

Consider upgrading your deck railing as well as the deck itself. Cable railing for decks such as steel wire railing allows your kids or your neighbors’ kids to stay safe on the deck when socializing has drifted closer to the house in the evening hours. The simple addition of a cable handrail or cable rail will prevent common safety hazards and injury. Furthermore, a steel wire railing has a sleek look to it and unlike a chunky wooden railing, a cable deck railing allows you and your guests to gaze out onto the landscaping of your backyard.

Outdoor decks can age over time along with your home. Be sure to perform routine maintenance to keep your deck up to date and safe for you and your family. Upgrade your deck periodically whether it’s adding steel wire railing or updating the post connections to stay in style and to keep your summer safe and fun.

Friday, June 2, 2017

3 Reasons Why You Should Consider Using Cable Railing for Your Home's Interior

Cable rail systems are a sleek, attractive way to set your outdoor space apart from the neighbors'. They are sturdy, versatile and very easy to maintain. But if you are only using cable handrail systems to accentuate the exterior of your house, then you are missing a great opportunity.

Interior cable railing systems are every bit as durable and low-maintenance as their exterior equivalent, but they are extremely versatile, not only fitting with a wide range of interior styles but even enhancing them.

By choosing a dark metallic cable and contrasting it with a rich wood frame, you can bring out the duality between natural and man-made material inherent in industrial style. Or by choosing discrete wiring and an unfished wood frame, you can invoke the rusticness of western style.

You can even decide to have the wires run vertically, rather than horizontally, and invoke a more traditional banister.

Stainless steel cabling is the most environmentally friendly material available for your railing. That's right! It's even more friendly than wood is. That is because stainless steel is completely recyclable.

In fact, the primary source of raw material for stainless steel is recycled scrap metal with over 90% of the material new stainless being sourced from recycled material (In architecture and construction, that figure is even higher, at 92%)

Have you or anyone you know ever had their head stuck in a railing as a child? Do you remember the liberal application of oil or butter needed to remedy the issue? Well, that doesn't need to be a worry with cabling. Although the cables need to be taut in order to offer protection, they do offer a little give.

But even those without children can benefit from the secure structure of interior cable railing systems, which need to be firm in order to stand up to the immense tension of the cables themselves.

While cable railing is an excellent option for the exterior of the home, it is also remarkably well suited for the inside.

Curious about how interior cable railing systems can redefine your home's interior? Contact the Cable Rail Direct team today!

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Backyard Tips For Keeping Your Children Safe This Summer

With summer fast approaching it’s time to give a little routine maintenance to your backyard. Over 50% of homeowners upgrading their outdoor space spend six or more hours relaxing, entertaining, and gardening there per week. Backyards are the epitome of summer fun for children especially and so it’s important to guarantee their safety.

The following tips will provide you with ways to keep your backyard kid-friendly while also guaranteeing you the aesthetic appeal you love about a summer yard.

Opt out of getting a trampoline

Trampolines take up a lot of room and can make your backyard look far smaller than it really is. They can also be incredibly dangerous. In a study, the Pediatric Orthopaedic Society of North America found more than a million cases of emergency room visits were caused by injuries related to trampoline use.

Create a separate space for grilling
Grilling can be boring if you’re too separated from the social area, but it can also be dangerous for kids to be too close. Designate a specific part of your deck or outdoor space for grilling purposes so you’re not too far away from the fun, but also keeping the kids away from the heat by establishing a safe space.

Use a cable handrail systemIt’s essential for decks higher than a couple of inches off the ground to have some kind of railing system. The installation of a cable deck wire railing will protect children as well as adults from falling and causing potential injury. A cable rail is nearly invisible in contrast to a wooden rail and therefore keeps your kids safe without obstructing the view of your backyard to other neighbors and family members.

A cable handrail system also creates a more modern look to your back deck. You can also choose from a variety of frames for your cable deck railing depending on your aesthetic appeal including stainless steel, wood, or aluminum.

Supervise your kids
Regardless of the changes you make to create a more kid-friendly backyard, it’s important to supervise your children at all times. Supervising your kids will keep them safe from any potentially dangerous situations such as drowning or falling from trees or other backyard equipment.

Backyard fun is an essential part of summer. By using these tips to keep your backyard kid-friendly and by supervising your children, you can be sure to have a great time during the long summer months.

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

4 Excellent Reasons to Install Cable Railings Around Your Home

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According to data from 2014, approximately one-third of single family homes sold in that year came with a patio and porch. But if you're looking at a home or even thinking about improving yours, safety is something you need to keep in mind.

But who says safety and style don't mesh? Whether you need indoor railings or new design rail for your deck, here's why you should be using steel wire railing in and around your home.

High Durability, Low Maintenance
Indoor cable railing might not need to be super durable and low-maintenance, but outdoor cable railings make these two features an absolute necessity. Stainless steel cable railings might not immediately come to mind when you're looking for deck railings, but their ability to withstand any kind of weather without excess wear and tear is an extremely valuable trait. Not only that, but you won't have to stain and seal them every year like you would for traditional wooden deck railings.

Flexible Aesthetic
Aesthetically, cable rail systems can blend seamlessly into any home. For a sleek, minimalist vibe, try pairing an indoor cable railing with stainless steel posts. If you're going for a more natural feel in your home, furnish your staircase with gorgeous wooden posts and steel wire railing. The idea is that these wire railings provide durability without sacrificing your personal style.

No Bird Accidents
Glass barriers within a deck railing can look beautiful, but they pose a unique danger to birds and other animals because they're transparent. Wire railings, on the other hand, are clearly visible to birds and other animals, which means you won't have any injured birds on your hands and the local wildlife population isn't put at risk.

Unobstructed Views
Even though glass provides a unique look, cable railings offer an even better view. And what's more, smudges and dirt won't obstruct your view or mandate cleaning like they do on glass panes.

Whether you want a new railing for your indoor staircase or for your outdoor patio, cable rail systems are an excellent choice for all of the reasons listed above and many more. Have more questions? Don't hesitate to contact the Cable Rail Direct team.

Thursday, April 20, 2017

A Few Excellent Ways to Make the Most of Your Outdoor Seating

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If you run a restaurant, bar, coffee shop, or similar type of establishment, then the addition of an outdoor deck or patio can actually increase revenue by up to 30%. In fact, according to further research from the Simons Advisory Group, a $200,000 investment in outdoor space can increase overall sales by up to $500,000. Of course, you don't have to spend $200,000 to create a worthy outdoor patio.

Wire railing kits make it simple to design a functional outdoor area for your business. But when you need to design rail for decks, you need to think about aesthetic appeal in addition to functionality. An outdoor patio can be a wonderful addition, but it's important that people actually feel comfortable spending time there.

If you're looking for design inspiration for your wire railing installation and the overall feel of your deck or patio, here are a few excellent ways to make the most of the space.

Sidewalk Seating
Adding a simple sidewalk dining area roped off by some cable design rail is an excellent and simple way to invite customers to an outdoor setting. If you have approval for outdoor seating, this simple addition can provide a classic, European cafe-style decor. Pick simple yet comfortable furniture for your seating area here, and then add a few patio umbrellas for a shady area. This can provide a casual dining experience that customers will see the second they walk by your business, and it's one that will attract additional customers if they see people already enjoying the space.

Rooftop Seating
If you don't have the space available to expand your seating outward, why not go upward? There's a certain aesthetic appeal to being above the rest of the surrounding buildings and having a casual drink with dinner. But there's more to a rooftop dining experience than just being above it all. Many rooftop dining areas come equipped with beautifully manicured gardens and lighting systems. Not to mention cable handrail systems and beautifully decorated cable railing posts that can enclose the area in style. Make sure you're thinking about the atmosphere you want to provide before you take on this venture!

Garden Dining
The farm-to-table movement is going strong, and it's something that more and more diners are interested in. So why not go the extra mile and grow your herbs and vegetables where your diners sit to eat? A few raised garden beds enclosed by cable railing posts can create a truly organic dining experience for your customers.

These are just a few ways to really up the ante on your outdoor seating using wire railing kits. Make sure you consider these things before you invest in an outdoor space!

Friday, April 14, 2017

Feeney DesignRail® Mounting Options - The Fascia Bracket Mounted Post

The Fascia Fascia Bracket Mounted Post is a popular method of attaching the DesignRail®
post to the Deck. This is a great option for a narrow deck, so the Railing doesn't take up any deck space. This is also a great option if you have decking that overhangs the deck. The Fascia Bracket Offsets the post by an 1-1/4, so you don't have to notch the decking, unless it overhangs more than 1-1/4". The Posts are 2-3/8" aluminum extrusions and there are three cross sectional profiles.  The Standard Post is used on Residential Projects and the Commercial Post is used on Commercial Projects. The Heavy Duty Post is used on all projects for the terminating and corner posts, when using Horizontal Cable Infill. The Posts will come pre-cut and pre-drilled for 36", 38" and 42" Railings. Maximum post spacing for a residential project is 6'-0" on center and 5'-0" on center for commercial projects. Fascia Brackets are 6" wide and come in 5" & 7" heights. Fascia Brackets for corners are available for single and double corner posts at 90 degree angles. Be sure to check the blocking requirements with your Cable Rail Direct Detailer. The finishing height will be slightly higher and will depend on the Top Rail selected. Stair Posts are usually sent blank and drilled in the field, but they are available pre-drilled in the following three standard angle ranges, 23 -28 degrees, 29 - 34 degrees and 35-39 degrees. Be sure to let your Cable Rail Direct Detailer know your stair angle before requesting the pre-drilled stair post.