SUPERIOR STYLING AND SAFETY COME TOGETHER IN NEW TREX SIGNATURE® RAILING FROM TREX COMMERCIAL PRODUCTS
style and exceptional strength are the ‘signatures’ of the newest railing
option from Trex Commercial Products, a national leader in engineering and
manufacturing ornamental railing systems for commercial building applications.
Combining sophisticated design with the unparalleled strength of aluminum, Trex Signature® railing lives up to its name by affording
architects and developers the flexibility and confidence to create truly
“Trex Signature is ideal for a wide range of applications
from multi-family residential to office buildings, restaurants and retail
complexes,” said Dan Stachel, vice president of sales and marketing for Trex
Commercial Products. “Equal parts form and function, Trex Signature railing
delivers the durability and low-maintenance qualities that developers and
property managers seek, with a visually appealing, contemporary aesthetic.”
Offering a minimalist look that is stylish in its own
right, Trex Signature is designed to highlight the beauty of what lies beyond
the railing. The streamlined, unobtrusive design features panels with
traditional balusters that visibly blend with the natural surroundings to
optimize sightlines from patios, balconies, decks or public walkways.
Continuously graspable rail options are available for added safety, comfort and
Durability and Design Versatility
for interior or exterior applications, Trex Signature is made with
premium-grade aluminum for superior strength and durability. This structural
integrity also affords design versatility, as Signature can be curved for
Durable powder coating in a choice of three neutral colors
– Charcoal Black, Bronze and Classic White – allows the railings to resist
corrosion and retain their color with very little maintenance. An occasional
cleaning is all that is needed to maintain a like-new appearance. For added assurance,
Trex Signature railing is backed by a 15-year finish warranty.
its appeal, Trex Signature railing is simple to install. Pre-assembled panels
are available in a variety of stock lengths to accommodate any commercial
project and have been proved in field testing to reduce assembly time by up to
and contractors appreciate the simplicity of pre-assembled railings but also
want design flexibility,” Stachel added. “Trex Signature delivers on both
Trex Signature railing is manufactured in-house to ensure quality control over each step of the manufacturing process. Furthermore, the aluminum used to manufacture Trex Signature is made from 50% recycled material and is a 100% recyclable, renewable resource, allowing it to contribute valuable LEED points to commercial projects.
Why Engineering Matters: Three Benefits of Working with Engineered Railing Systems
By: Tony Barnes, Structural Engineering Manager, Trex Commercial
Today’s commercial designs are all about organic, open concepts,
which means glass elements are in high demand. In addition to enhancing views
and creating a sense of openness, glass also promotes daylighting, which delivers
health benefits and contributes to energy savings.
The growing popularity of glass is great news for glaziers,
but it can also be daunting – especially when it comes to specifying railings.
While glaziers know glass, a high-performance glass railing system requires
specialized engineering that may fall outside of their comfort zone or realm of
Still, it’s not uncommon for glaziers and contractors to believe
they can save money, time – or both – by handling specifications themselves and
ordering components a la carte. It’s also not uncommon for this approach to backfire
when components prove to be incompatible or unsuitable for the project specific
conditions. Working with an engineer or engineering firm that specializes in
glazing can take the guesswork and gamble out of the process and result in
greater control, confidence and even cost savings.
When specifying a railing system, there are myriad variables
to consider and manage – from concepts and site-specific
conditions to code compliance. Engaging a technical team that understands the
nuances of glass railing applications, and works together regularly, affords
greater control over details and smoother communication throughout the specifying
and design process.
Advanced technologies can be incorporated into the design
process to provide enhanced control. For instance, Trex Commercial Products
utilizes High Definition Surveying (HDS), which offers tremendous benefits for
both the client and the engineering team. In the near-term, it provides precise
measurements used directly in design, while in the long-term, the survey
information can aid in planning future maintenance or reconfiguration of the
Today, commercial rail installations nearly always require
documentation of code compliance. In the absence of a technical team supporting
the railing product, the glazier is solely responsible for determining and
verifying compliance of all the components of the railing system. With a
piecemeal approach, it is critical that the glazier understands technical information,
which can be cumbersome, time-consuming and nerve-wracking. Technical data
provided by various manufactured, off-the-shelf systems that are marketed as,
or implied to be, “engineered systems” may be lacking or indicate that job-specific
requirements or compliance with local building codes are not met.
Conversely, an engineering team that specializes in railing
systems can provide a turnkey solution that is compliant with building codes.
These systems are rigorously engineered for a specific job and will have taken
into consideration such things as wind loads, seismic loads and the substrate
to which the system is attached – factors that can vary considerably depending
on geographic location and type of building construction. Communication is key
to the success of any project, and technical information is conveyed to the end-user
and building authority via a concise engineering report, including calculations
and possibly testing data that is signed and sealed by the engineering team.
A significant advantage of using a dedicated engineering
team is that the technical service does not end after the initial submittal. In
fact, in my experience, most project communication occurs after the first submittal. It’s when a project progresses that
technical questions from the building authority need to be addressed, product
alterations due to shifting site conditions occur and coordination of other
trades is required. A reliable, technically capable partner on the project
ensures clear communication and avoids costly project delays.
Clearly, there are numerous benefits to engaging an
engineering team in the development of guardrail systems, from the engineering
rigor and thoroughness to the superior communication, they equate to a higher
level of safety, and lead to greater peace of mind for glaziers, architects and
With regard to cost, it’s important to look at the whole
picture, and not solely the initial dollar signs, when working with an
engineered system. In addition to getting a code-compliant solution, glaziers
and contractors also receive comprehensive support, including direct access to design
consultants, product engineers and project managers. As previously highlighted,
communication between these key points of contact is inherently streamlined
resulting in less hassles, fewer surprises and lower administrative costs.
Engineered systems also allow glaziers and contractors to
work faster and accomplish more at the job site. Pre-engineered railing
materials are packaged together, including the required hardware and adhesives.
With a Trex Commercial Products system, for instance, each component is labeled
to correspond with setup drawings and a detailed installation guide is
provided. This translates to a more efficient installation process, which in
turn, yields time savings and lower labor costs in the field. Engineered
systems also tend to see fewer change orders and callbacks, which can add
considerable costs to a project.
From design to delivery, a knowledgeable systems fabricator with
in-house engineering capabilities can prove to be an invaluable resource by
fostering greater communication, assuring code compliance and overseeing
quality control. Particularly when
glass railings are being considered, architects and glaziers should enlist the
help and expertise of a qualified manufacturer at the beginning of design
planning to best understand what’s possible and what’s required for an optimal
outcome. With a good supplier partner, glaziers can confidently take advantage
of the increased demand for glass in today’s commercial arena to grow their
business and bottom line.
ASCENT® WINDSCREEN BY TREX COMMERCIAL PRODUCTS NAMED “BEST PRODUCT SYSTEM” OF 2019
Glass Windscreen System Honored in Annual Glass Magazine Awards Program
Living up to its lofty name, the Ascent® Windscreen System by Trex Commercial Products captured top honors in the 2019 Glass Magazine Awards. The innovative glass windscreen was chosen by voters as the year’s “Best Product Hardware or System.”
Each year, Glass Magazine, the official publication of the National Glass Association, recognizes stand-out glass and glazing products and projects in the commercial, retail and fabrication markets. This year – for the first time in the program’s history – readers determined winners in the product award categories, selecting Ascent as an industry-leading innovation.
“This recognition is especially meaningful because it comes directly from our customers – the readers of Glass Magazine,” said John Lewis, president and CEO of Trex Commercial Products. “From glazing contractors to architects, these professionals know what works, and we value their confidence in our products to deliver superior performance.”
Reaching New Heights
The launch of Ascent establishes Trex Commercial Products as the go-to provider in the windscreen market. This innovative, easy-to-install, post-supported glass system takes commercial design possibilities to new heights by delivering unparalleled wind protection that truly elevates the outdoor environment and experience in settings from healthcare to hospitality.
“Windscreen systems are growing in demand with the rising popularity of the al fresco experience. With this in mind, we designed Ascent to make outdoor areas more useful and enjoyable by providing safety and style without compromising views,” added Lewis.
Featuring ½” laminated glass with aluminum posts and steel stanchions, the Ascent Windscreen System is designed to withstand up to 80psf wind loads – 8x the amount of most commercial windscreen systems – making it an ideal solution for protecting outdoor pools, dining areas, balconies and terraces at virtually any elevation. Additionally, its snap-fit aluminum posts make for quick, safe and easy assembly.
Ascent will be featured in the September 2019 issue of Glass Magazine and also honored during an award ceremony to be held at GlassBuild America in Atlanta this September. For more information about the Ascent Windscreen System or Trex Commercial Products, visit www.trexcommercial.com.