Aluminum Railing, Portfolio #20.
The customer approached us and asked us to design an aluminum railing that doesn't look like a run-of-the-mill cookie-cutter aluminum railing. So we did exactly that.
The first thing you'll probably notice is the color. This aspect alone takes you right back to the first time you bought a brand new cast iron pan. Despite this, it's a fairly modern piece.
Now, remember, every inch of this railing is aluminum.
The metal stairs are made from 2x2 round corner aluminum with 1/4 x 1 1/2 solid aluminum flat bars on edge; these are all interconnected with low profile flat bars. We then infill paneled the inside of the stairs to conceal the sides.
The stair railings are attached to the spun posts with a large 1/4 x 4 plate. The railing itself's made from 2x4 aluminum top caps with a 1x2 underslung, the 2x4, and as the bottom rail.
The pickets are 1" round corner spaced extra tight at 1 5/8". The other guard railings are made to look like the wood that was once there.
There's one thing you should know about this project: it's extremely heavy.
The top caps are 5" heavy aluminum channel with a 4x4 inserted deeply into the channel. And the pickets are a massive 2 1/2" round corner attached to a 2x4 lower rail.
This is about as strong and as heavy as you could possibly go.
These are the kinds of projects we love doing and are known for. In case you're curious, a project like this is roughly 18k to design, create, produce, and complete.