The Ladder of Liability

  • Tuesday, 21 August 2018 15:11

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As a child, I would climb anything. I can remember my first year of school, a couple of my class mates and I would see if we could completely travel all the way around the bathroom without touching the floor by climbing the stalls and sinks.

In railing the term “ladder effect” refers to a child hazard that pertains to any type of guardrail or stair guard rail using horizontal members, such as an additional 3rd rail or pickets.

Over the years there has been confusion on whether the use of horizontals is allowed.

This was because of the 2000 edition of International Residential Code (IRC) stating, “guardrails shall not be constructed with horizontal members or other ornamental patterns that results in a ladder effect.”

However, the International Building Code (IBC) made no reference or restrictions.


TWO CODES, 1 RULE:

In 2001, the terminology was removed from the IRC and neither code refers or restricts guardrail horizontal members.

The ladder effect became the discussion of multiple hearings and debates among the members of the International Code Council (ICC).

Then a study was produced in 2007 regarding children’s ability and eagerness to climb, which was produced by the National Ornamental & Miscellaneous Metals Association (NOMMA). The study suggested that children will be children, and there is no completely “safe” environment.  Accepting that children are little spider monkeys like I was, the industry hasn’t made any changes since.

So yes, you can have horizontal members per the ICC/IBC/IRC. Keep in mind that you will still need to consult your applicable governmental codes.


EXCEPTION:

There is only place where a ladder affect can’t happen. Any Railing or Fence at a pool location must be 48”, and no foot hold (Ladder Rung) can be produced. It requires at least 45” between the bottom rail and the 2nd Horizontal.

Spider Monkeys can drown. LOL!


THE TAKE AWAY:

Horizontal Rail will always cause some debate. It will be to the owner’s discretion to weigh the liability that comes with a horizontal rail system, and if the look is worth the risk.

At Tek-Rail we do not sell any system that could be construed by little Johnny fireman as a ladder near elevated balconies or pools. Because of children like me, we consider it a Ladder of Liability.

If you have any questions about Guardrail and pertaining codes, please feel free to visit us at www.tek-rail.com or call your Tek-Expert today at 678-854-0510.

RESIDENTIAL VINYL TEK-RAIL

  • Friday, 10 August 2018 16:28

From beautiful wrap-around porches to multi-layered decks, our Tek-Rail residential vinyl railings will create a stunning look on any home. We have four different residential vinyl railing options from which to choose in three different colors. You can also choose rail sets, posts, caps, skirts, column wraps, mounts, and brackets to complete your personalized look for your home. With so many options from which to choose, we are sure you will find the perfect combination that gives your home that classy, timeless look you have been waiting for.

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Why Choose Tek-Rail Residential Vinyl Railing for Your Home?

Easy Installation

Installing products can be one of the most stressful, time-consuming parts of updating or building your home. That is why our residential vinyl railings are easy to install because we know that your time is valuable. All of our vinyl railings are easy to install and come with easy-to-read instructions for you to follow.

Curb Appeal

Once your residential vinyl railings have been installed on your home, you may not be able to recognize your home with its new, updated look. The quality craftsmanship and timeless look our residential vinyl railings add to every home create a stunning and elegant look that will last a lifetime.

Maintenance Free

If you have had wood, aluminum, composite, or steel railings at any time, you know the problems they create over time. Cracking, splitting, and rusting are just a few of the issues. Plus you must paint or stain them on a regular basis to keep them looking nice. Tek-Rail’s residential vinyl railings will never crack, split, or rust and do not every need updating with paint or stain. They are maintenance-free, so they will stay looking as good as new without any upkeep or work.

Long-lasting Quality

By investing in your vinyl railings today, you are investing in your home’s future. Our products are built with quality materials that are meant to last, so you can rest assured that once you purchase and install your Tek-Rail residential vinyl railings, they are there to stay through all of life’s storms.

Easy Clean

Over time, weather and normal wear and tear can cause mildew or dirt to form on your railings. To get your residential vinyl railings back to their new, beautiful look, you can power wash them on low or use your household bleach and water hose to clean them. It is easy and does not take a ton of time. Your railings will be as good as new in no time.

Warranty

All of our Tek-Rail residential vinyl railings come with a warranty because we believe in what we do and the products we create. Our white vinyl railings have a Limited Lifetime Warranty and our tan vinyl railings have a 20-year Limited Lifetime Warranty.

 

Read More @ https://www.tek-rail.com/residential/vinyl-rail.html

Benefits of Vinyl Railing

  • Friday, 03 August 2018 04:58

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Benefits of Vinyl Railing

Residential Vinyl RailingFinding the perfect deck or balcony railing system can be difficult. There are many choices for railing. Iron rails are expensive and do require ongoing maintenance, aluminum doesn’t offer enough privacy, the maintenance of wood will be very costly over time. Vinyl is affordable and is offered in a variety of styles and can be offered with privacy in mind. Vinyl Railing requires virtually no maintenance. Vinyl railing is both beautiful and tough, offering the best of both worlds.

Vinyl railing will stand up to mother nature. Vinyl Deck and Vinyl Balcony railing is surprisingly strong and durable. It is up to five times stronger than wood railing. Wood will rot and fall prey to pests. Years down the line vinyl railing will look as good as it did the day it was installed.

 

Wood Maintenance 2Vinyl deck railing is an affordable and cost-efficient railing choice. Some other materials (like wood) are typically cheaper than vinyl at the onset, but maintaining wood railing will cost more in the long run. Vinyl railing has a long lifespan and limited maintenance requirements. Due to its strength, your railing won’t need to be replaced for many years. Plus, because of its quick and easy installation, vinyl can be installed at a relatively low price. Wood railings require more maintenance and take much longer to install.

 

 

Commercial Vinyl Railing  Residential Vinyl Deck Railing  Commercial Vinyl Porch Railing 

Tek-Rail offers beautiful, durable, and virtually maintenance-free deck and balcony railing systems.

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Since 1990, Tek-Rail has been providing our customers with quality products and services in the commercial and residential fencing and railing industry. From the best commercial vinyl railings to quality residential decking and railings, our products are built with quality, durability, and sophistication in mind. Our customers deserve the best aluminum and vinyl fencing and railing products available on the market today which is why we engineer and manufacture all of our products with you in mind.

If you are looking for quality fencing and railing for to supply to your customers, then Tek-Rail is the right place for you. Both our commercial and residential fencing and railing products come in a variety of colors and designs, look beautiful, are offered at a fair price, are quick and easy to install, are maintenance-free for you and your customers, are made here in the U.S., and are built to last. For quality products that will save you and your company time and money, choose Tek-Rail, the company you can trust for all of your commercial and residential fencing and railing needs.

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Atlanta Build Expo 2018

  • Wednesday, 18 July 2018 20:42

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Soaring New Heights Using A Tek-nically Superior Ladder

Made Out of Tek-nically Superior Rails

 

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This year's Atlanta Build Expo was a great success thanks to visitors like you!

We would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone for visiting our booth.

If you have further inquiries or in case you want more information about our products, please feel free to contact us at: https://www.tek-rail.com/contact.html

We really appreciate that you took the time to visit us and showing interest in our products.

Since the show was very busy, we want to make sure that you have all the information you need regarding our products. 
 
We've provided information below on the products we showcased at the booth.
 
We look forward to seeing you again in the near future!

 

 

 

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VINYL RAILING

Our Tek-Rail commercial vinyl railing products are quality products that add an elegant, classy look to any commercial real estate or property. We offer four different options of commercial vinyl railings along with multiple options for rail sets, posts, caps, skirts, column wraps, mounts, and brackets. With so many choices, you will be able to create the perfect look for your next commercial project. https://www.tek-rail.com/residential/vinyl-rail.html

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ALUMINUM RAILING

Tek-Rail offers premium powder-coated aluminum picket railing systems for decks, patios and swimming pools with low-maintenance living in mind. Dedication to research and development ensures a uniquely engineered railing system which meets commercial and residential building codes throughout North America. https://www.tek-rail.com/residential/aluminum-rail.html

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VINYL FENCE

Tek-Rail is available in a wide selection of standard and custom made fence products. Tek-Rail Vinyl Fence is available in White, Tan or Adobe. Tek-Rail Vinyl Fence products are of the highest quality of materials to meet the most demanding commercial or residential requirements. https://www.tek-rail.com/residential/vinyl-fence-2.html

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ALUMINUM FENCE

Tek-Rail introduces our new Aluma-Rail a specialty aluminum fence program for residential and commercial use. Aluma-Rail is not only available in Black, but also other colors. Tek-Rail has the capability to provide powder coated products that are AAMA2604 and AA2605 compliant. Tek-Rail can provide you a quality aluminum rail and fence program that meets these most stringent powder coating requirements. https://www.tek-rail.com/residential/aluminum-fence-2.html

DECKING

A Gorilla Deck G3 makes a beautiful addition to any home, offering an attractive, low-maintenance deck that would make any homeowner proud, but the beauty of a Gorilla Deck G3 isn’t just what’s on top. The beauty also extends below its surface... thanks to Gorilla Deck G3’s revolutionary water-shedding technology. https://www.tek-rail.com/residential/decking.html

VIP ADVANTAGE FENCE

The Aluma Rail Frame with Vinyl Integrated Privacy Pickets provides the ultimate in heavy-duty, low-maintenance privacy and security for any residential, commercial or industrial application. The VIP is Offered in 6’ wide by 4’, 5’ and 6’ high sections, with four top rail profiles to choose from. Manufactured with a minimum strength of 35,000 psi, The VIP Advantage is strong as steel, but will never rust. https://www.tek-rail.com/residential/residential-vip-advantage-fence.html

 

We don’t just make railing… We Make Railing Better!”

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Quality Commercial and Residential Fencing and Railing You Can Depend On

harmony railings gallery image 16Since 1990, Tek-Rail has been providing our customers with quality products and services in the commercial and residential fencing and railing industry. From the best commercial vinyl railings to quality residential decking and railings, our products are built with quality, durability, and sophistication in mind. Our customers deserve the best aluminum and vinyl fencing and railing products available on the market today which is why we engineer and manufacture all of our products with you in mind.


We want Tek-Rail to be a name our customers trust, which is why our engineering is top-notch and surpasses building code requirements by 250%. Not only do we work every day to manufacture quality products that far exceed the expectations of our customers, we are continually striving to improve our processes and techniques to better serve our customers with the best fencing and railing systems they can use and love.

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If you are looking for quality fencing and railing for to supply to your customers, then Tek-Rail is the right place for you. Both our commercial and residential fencing and railing products come in a variety of colors and designs, look beautiful, are offered at a fair price, are quick and easy to install, are maintenance-free for you and your customers, are made here in the U.S., and are built to last. For quality products that will save you and your company time and money, choose Tek-Rail, the company you can trust for all of your commercial and residential fencing and railing needs.

ALUMINUM VS WOOD

  • Wednesday, 17 January 2018 17:38

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Aluma Rail vs wood

 

WHY CHOOSE ALUMINUM RAILING OVER WOOD?

If you’re looking for an Aluminum Railing product that’s fast to install, easy for customers to maintain and will drive up your profits, here are three reasons to choose aluminum over wood.

ALUMINUM RAILING IS FAST AND EASY TO INSTALL—CUTS LABOR TIME BY MORE THAN HALF!Aluma Rail install

Wood panels take about 20 minutes to install and can be labor-intensive. Pre-assembled Aluminum Panels can take as little as five minutes to install, without the need for special tools or welding. This translates to installing 12 panels an hour instead of three—a significant increase in productivity. Contractors can complete more deck projects per day, and make more money!

FEWER CALLBACKS FROM CUSTOMERS

Wood is hygroscopic, which means it expands as humidity increases and contracts as humidity decreases. As a result, wood railing panels can warp, crack and move, which leads to callbacks from customers. Aluminum Rail Panels do not—it’s that simple.

GUARANTEE A MAINTENANCE-FREE PRODUCTwood cost

Wood systems may cost less up front, but they require periodic maintenance that quickly adds up to make them more expensive than Aluminum Railing. Wood railing panel customers should expect to spend at least $500 every 18 months on regular cleaning and refinishing (see chart). Customers can choose untreated wood to avoid refinishing, but wood that is not painted or finished will end up with dark gray stains due to weathering.

Even with regular maintenance, wood systems only last about five to 10 years. Aluminum Railing Systems, on the other hand, is a strong, long-lasting material that is virtually maintenance-free. Tek-Rails Aluminum Deck Railing, for instance, has an architectural-grade powder coating that the manufacturer warranties for 15 years. During that time, your customers can expect to spend ZERO dollars on maintenance. With Aluma Rail, they also won’t have to spend their valuable free time repainting or staining their railings!

ALUMA RAIL DECREASES LABOR, INCREASES PROFITS

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The Aluma Rail powder-coated Aluminum Railing Kits provides contractors with many advantages. Pre-assembled six- and eight-foot panels and standard mounting hardware enable five-minute installation so you can complete more jobs quicker. It can be ordered to exact size for precise, efficient installation—there is no need to spend time cutting and welding at the job site. A hidden fastener system provides a clean, aesthetically pleasing finished product. What’s more, this system is code-compliant (engineered and approved to ICC-ES AC273 commercial and residential building codes), making it an ideal option for multifamily and commercial clients.

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The maintenance-free powder-coat finish comes with a 15-year warranty, resulting in a long-lasting product, happy customers and more referrals. All of which to say, Aluma Rail helps contractors save time and maximize profits.