Understanding Handcrafted Custom vs. Component Railings
Apex railing Solutions, LLC offers it's clients two distinct railing groups; Custom and Component.
Custom guardrails and handrails are handcrafted from a wide variety of metals including: mild steel, stainless steel, wrought iron, aluminum, and glass. Designs range from classic and contemporary and are fabricated to the exact specifications of each individual project. Apex Railing Solutions, LLC maintains a fully-outfitted custom-fabrication facility in Seattle, Washington. Building custom railing systems by hand from scratch produces beautiful results.
The same custom guardrail installed
A custom guardrail in-process
Component Guardrails are made from a variety of aluminum extrusions
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Available in a variety of picket and glass designs our component railing systems will dramatically reduce and even eliminate the long-term maintenance costs associated with conventional railing products. The term “component” refers to the way these systems are assembled. Based on the exact measurements of your project, long pre-manufactured welded panels and extrusions are cut and mechanically fit together as components of the larger railing system. Mechanical connections are made using corrosion-resistant stainless-steel screws and fasteners—most of which are concealed from view.
Corners, transitions to stairs, and guardrail runs longer than 18-feet make it necessary to make field splices. Our top rail field splices are flush, producing a tight and discrete seam, because they utilize an inside sleeve at the joint, as opposed to the bulky over-sleeve components many other systems use. The result is a sleek, continuous top rail.
Component railing systems have steadily grown in popularity over the past two decades, primarily because they offer a cost-effective alternative to custom systems. Incorporating high-strength aluminum alloys with the latest in paint technologies, these pre-manufactured railing products are strong, versatile, weather-resistant and virtually maintenance free.
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