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Affordable Custom Railings

Any exterior handrail is basically made up of four separate components, including the newel post, picket, top rail and bottom rail.  The components are typically assembled in a metal fabrication shop and are made to fit a specific area on a specific building.  In the past often rails were kept simple due to the high cost of fabrication of custom parts, especially the newel post, pickets and top rails. 

While very attractive, features such as round newel posts, twisted or basket style pickets and brass top rails were just not feasible from a cost perspective for most property owners.  Traditionally, trained craftsmen have fabricated these components using centuries old metal working techniques.  Often the fabrication process was very labor intensive, resulting in high labor costs to create these custom rails. 

However, today it has never been more affordable to install a custom fabricated metal stair railings on any commercial or residential property. The reason is due to the vast number of available railing components that metal fabricators have access to today.  Now the fabricator has the ability to order individual rail components, which have been mass-produced by a specialized contractor, utilizing state of the art machinery. 

Fabricators and property owners can work together to work to select from thousands of available parts, to create a true unique rail that is both pleasing to the eye, but also meets all applicable code requirements.  The resulting railing is also surprisingly affordable, due to the reduced cost of mass produced custom components!

Posted on behalf of LCG Welding, LLC

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