Blog Archives : 2018

Maintaining IPE Decking

Famous "Glass and Wood" home with Ithaca style cable railing. To maintain the natural  beauty of IPE Decking it requires some care when installing and yearly maintenance.  IPE is a natural material that moves with the elements, therefore, it is subject to checking (looks like cracking) twisting, warping and cupping similar to other types of woods. There are many web-sites that you can access to obtain a variety of expert advice for caring for your IPE. Below are some helpful recommendations. Installing IPE – Proper installation and maintenance are key to the long term beauty of your deck -Always seal the cut end (end grain) of the board with a paraffin wax, such as Anchorseal. -Do Not install decking without an oil based finish being applied to all four sides with sufficient rack time to dry.   -Do Not use film finishes such as a varnish. -Finish the IPE with a penetrating oil, we have had good experience using Penofins for hardwoods.  When applying use a brush, rag or sponge. Once applied wipe and remove all excess oil. DO NOT over apply as it will become sticky and tacky and may take a very long time to dry.  IPE does not soak up the oil like a softwood does. CAUTION: The rags (applicators used) are FLAMMABLE and must be disposed of properly – READ the manufacturer’s instructions for disposal. Maintaining IPE Routinely clean off your deck by sweeping off leaves, hosing off spills, mud etc. to help prevent staining. Depending on the amount of sun exposure you may need to thoroughly clean and re-oil your Ipe yearly or bi-yearly.  Thoroughly wash your deck with a product made for this application and allow to Dry Completely before re-oiling. Read More

New For 2018! Blackened Stainless Steel Cable For Cable Railings

New for 2018! Blackened Cables and Fittings Looking for an alternative to stainless? Keuka Studios is proud to announce we have “Blackened” stainless cable and blackened stainless cable fittings available to purchase today for cable railings. Black is making a comeback in 2018 and you can now purchase blackened stainless cable and blackened stainless fittings to go with your all black decorating themes for your cable railing system. Our cable and hardware is made of type 316 marine grade stainless steel and black oxide coated. Call us today to place your order 1-855-454-5678 or email Jason@keuka-studios.com Blackened Stainless Steel Cable Railing Read More

Keuka Studios Receives Best Of Houzz for cable railings, 2014

best of houzz 2014 award - Keuka Studios

Keuka Studios Receives Best Of Houzz for cable railings

Annual Survey and Analysis of 16 Million Monthly Users Reveals Top-Rated Building, Remodeling and Design Professionals Rush, NY February 4, 2014 – Keuka Studios of Rochester, NY has been awarded “Best Of Houzz for cable railings” by Houzz, the leading platform for home remodeling and design. The 12 Year Old Fine Architectural Metal Work Company was chosen by the more than 16 million monthly users that comprise the Houzz community. Read More

Use Escutcheon Plates For A Refined Look

Railing Escutcheon Plate
Escutcheon (pronounced es·cutch·eon) plates are by definition a shield, cover, ornamental or protective plate. Escutcheon plates are used to conceal something functioning like mounting hardware or an unwanted hole.

Use escutcheon plates for a clean, simple or modern style

More and more customers are looking for a clean, seamless or modern look for their home. For interior railing whether it’s a cable railing or any type of railing the escutcheon plate is a great choice. I find that especially with interior applications you might want all the fasteners and hardware hidden with no exposed bolt or screw heads. Escutcheon plates are a perfect and easy solution. They simply slide over the post hiding the hardware and providing a more refined look. Our escutcheon plates are machined from a solid billet and not the thin stamped sheet metal common in the industry. Read More

Cable Railing Post Material Choices

stainless steel cable railing.
One of the most important decisions you will ever make when choosing your cable railing is selecting the correct hand railing and cable railing post material for your environment. Although the cables and fittings are usually made from stainless steel, the choices are many for post materials. With so many different choices of railing materials it can be very difficult to know whats the best choice for you. Here is a guide to help you understand materials and their advantages and disadvantages. Read More

Where Do You Find Cable Railings Used?

Green cable railing posts with wood hand rail.
Once in a while I have a customer who contacts me and they say “I found your cable railings online and I love them”! They follow up with “I have never seen a railing like this in my area, where can I find examples of your work”? Since we manufacture and ship our railings all over the country . . . our work can be found everywhere. With that being said there are certain areas in particular where cable railings are more popular than other areas. Read More

Top Rail Selection

Keuka style corner post with IPE wood top rail.
When choosing the right top rail for your railing project there are many factors you should consider. You will notice that when you look at our company’s website many of our railings are shown with a wood top rail. Many of our customers prefer wood top rail and here is why you might want to consider a wood top rail for your application as well. Read More

Fascia Mount Vs. Surface Mount

Fascia mount and surface mount cable railing posts.
I always get customers asking me about how to attach their railing to their application. There are many different ways to attach your railing although the most popular methods are mounting to the “Fascia” or mounting to the “Surface”. Fascia mounting is also sometimes referred to as a “side mount” or “joist mount”, while surface mounting is occasionally referred to as a “deck mount”, “floor mount”, or even a “top mount”.
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