Happy New Years from your One Stop Railing Shop! With the new year comes new ways AS&D can help you and your business prosper.
The team at American Structures & Design, Inc would like to thank you for helping us closeout another year, knowing the foundation of our success is only because of the goodwill of those people we serve.
It is our pleasure this holiday season to say thank you and we want to wish you, your co-workers and family a Safe and Happy Holiday season and truly hope that the best is yet to come for everybody in the new year.
With 2013 just around the corner, it’s the perfect time to reflect on 2012 and make note of the product highlights of the past year.
American Structures & Design, Inc has always focused on expanding our product lines to include maintenance free products that are on the cutting edge of design. With the expansion of our product lines we also have the desire to manufacture and fabricate these products in house from an inventory of stock materials. Luckily for us and for all our customers we have seen continued success in both these categories the past year. Listed below are the products we added to our lineup in year of 2012.
• Arteferro Inox – Stainless Steel Railing Systems
• New Push-Lock™ and Pull-Lock™ fittings for 1/8” and 3/16” cable
• DIY Cable railing assembly kits
• Aluminum Balconies / Decks
• Aluminum Sunshade systems
Black glass railing and a Black glass patio cover make for a beautiful custom built home. Check out the photos below:
Flat Top Rail (200 Series)
Infill: Tempered Glass
Paint: Baked Enamel
Aluminum Patio Cover:
Infill: Laminate Glass
Clear Glass & Bronze Glass
Paint: Powder Coated
Hope you enjoyed these beautiful pictures. Contact American Structures & Design, Inc for your Railing, Patio Cover and Canopy needs; we’d love for your project to be the next featured project on our blog!
American Structures & Design, Inc invites all architects, designers, contractors and fabricators to visit us at the BUILDEX EXPRESS show.
October 27, 2010 , 10 AM – 2 PM
Print the pass below for complimentary access to this all-inclusive tradeshow for the construction industry. You’ll be able to visit over 125 exhibits, get some insight into new building products and styles. Enjoy FREE food and beverages, supplied by BUILDEX. And the best part, network with over 1,500 approved industry professionals.
Pay us a visit, make some connections and get out of the office!
We look forward to seeing you there,
The Team @ American Structures & Design, Inc
(Remember, trade show attendees must be industry professionals in the design, building or property management markets. Non-exhibiting suppliers, distributors and the general public are not permitted to attend this show.)
The two leading types of paint finishes for exterior metal products that we use on our products are Wet coat/baked enamel and Powder Coat . Depending on what product you choose for your project will typically be the deciding factor for which type of paint finish that it will have and Contrary to what you may hear these products are different and as time will tell most likely perform differently.
Powder Coating involves three basic steps. These processes can be done in very expensive and elaborate facilities or believe it or not in somebody’s garage With any painting process the prep is very important and done with chemicals.
- Part preparation / pre-treatment Chemical pre-treatments involve the use of phosphates or chromates in submersion or spray application. These often occur in multiple stages and consist of degreasing, etching, de-smutting, various rinses and the final phosphating or chromating of the substrate. The pre-treatment process both cleans and improves bonding of the powder to the metal.. It is also the biggest difference between the many powder coaters we have worked with over the years. Most facilities are not equipped with the proper cleaning facilities to give you a ready piece of material for coating.
- The powder application, The most common way of applying the powder coating to metal objects is to spray the powder using an electrostatic gun. The object is then heated, and the powder melts into a uniform film, and is then cooled to form a hard coating.
- Curing. This cure process, requires a certain temperature for a certain length of time in order to reach full cure and establish the full film properties for which the material was designed. Normally the powders cure at 200°C (390°F) for 10 minutes.
- Powder coatings emit zero or near zero volatile organic compounds.
- Powder coating overspray can be recycled and thus it is possible to achieve nearly 100% use of the coating.
- Small jobs are much more cost effective than using a Baked Enamel/Wet coat
- Very hard and expensive to get Written warranty from powder coaters due to powder coatings will break down when exposed to UV rays between 5 to 10 years
- Touch up colors very hard to match powder colors
- Scratches are very noticeable due to powder is much thicker than Baked Enamel/Wet coat
Liquid Coat/baked enamel is the type of paint that most people think of when paint is mentioned. It comes in liquid form and is sprayed to a substrate. The types of paint can vary allowing you to pick how the paint will hold up to certain elements, discolor/oxidize and how long it will last. The process of applying the paint can be done vertically or horizontally .Since our products consist of Aluminum extrusions I am going describe the vertical Paint line system which is how 99 percent of our material is coated. This vertical line is a state of the art multimillion dollar paint line and every step is in a controlled environment. The paint of choice is a Duracron coating manufactured by PPG who isthe leading paint manufacturer in the world. The first stage is a five stage pre treatment process. It is then cured prior to printing. The paint process is done on a vertical pint line which carries the extrusions from the beginning to the end of the process and electro statically applied so the finish is very thin and consistent. The materials are then run thru the oven process. This cures the paint giving a fish that cannot be obtained by just spraying paint to a substrate.
- Custom Colors are easily mixed and able to reproduce.
- Finish is thinner than powder coating so touching up is easier and less noticed
- Written Warranties from the paint manufacturers are easily obtained
- Small jobs are not economical
- Lead times tend to be longer
In closing, Working with these paints for thirty plus years(longer than Most paint warranties) has allowed me to see the Advantages of each type of paint and how each of them perform over time. We utilize both types of paint in our business but the majority of our products are liquid coated /Baked enamel. This is mainly due to the fact we believe the quality of the paint and process is superior for our type of product . Most important when comes to getting a written warranty for our customers it has never been an issue or a fictitious piece of paper.
When it comes to railing systems the common infills of the past have been Glass, Picket, Mesh or Metal bar. Those infill types have been around for a while and for good reason, they work. As of recently Stainless Steel Cable has become an infill option and since then its popularity has quickly increased.
Why use Cable infill on your railing systems?
The primary advantage is that you can see right thru it. Stainless Steel Cable is strong, yet it’s almost invisible. Cable is available in various diameters but popular sizes are 1/8” and 3/16” cable. Since pickets can only be so thin before they become too weak to support the system and provide safety, Cable makes an unobstructed view possible. No glass glare and no thick pickets or metal bars. Cable doesn’t interfere with the view or give a confined feeling.
Cable can be used to invoke a high tech design and its applications are limitless. Cable railing, Cable trellises and Cable walls are just a few applications we’ve seen here at American Structures & Design, Inc.
Attractive, strong and modern with no visual obstructions blocking your view of the ocean, field or stage. Cable railing can be made from wood frames as well as metal frames. Indoors or outdoors. The best part, Cable infill is virtually maintenance free; there’s no glass to clean and no thick bars or pickets to dust off.
Cables can be run vertically or horizontally. There are many different styles of fittings to choose from depending on your look and your specifications. Contact American Structures & Design, Inc for your next railing project… we’ll provide you with the design criteria you need and help you to achieve the most effective solution for you, but we’ll leave the creativity and decision making up to you.
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The American Structures Team