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How the Building Products Industry Adjust to New Supply Chains. Superior truck dropping off railing in Chicago.

How does the Building Products Industry Adjust to New Supply Chains?

  Posted on June 25, 2020

The Coronavirus has created a new market dynamic within many industries, including building products. What does the new landscape look like? In part two of our three-part series, we take a closer look at how supply chains have been affected by the coronavirus.

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How the building products industry has recentley changed due to Covid-19

How has the Coronavirus affected the building products industry?

  Posted on May 28, 2020

The Coronavirus has created a new market dynamic within many industries, building products included. What does the new landscape look like?

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History of Columns Pt. 2

Column History - Present Day

  Posted on April 30, 2020

Have columns really changed that much in the last millennium?

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Railing on multiple balconies promoting cleaning railing to make it look like new again

How do i keep my railing clean?

  Posted on March 31, 2020

While Superior Railing is low-maintenance, there isn’t anything we can do about random dirt and messy substances getting on your products. What we can do is offer some advice in cleaning to keep your railing clean.

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History of Columns

Taking a Closer Look At a "Historic" Product

  Posted on February 24, 2020

Is there really any difference in columns? Don’t they all look the same? Have they always been the same?

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Pipe cable railing showcasing one of aluminum's many advantages

Aluminum Railing Vs. Other Metals....How do they Stack Up?

  Posted on January 24, 2020

In today’s world there are so many choices.  Do you want pizza or pasta, coffee or tea, aluminum or steel? We aren’t qualified to debate the first two, but we know a thing or two about railing!

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Cable railing at a university workout facility

Looking at 10 Important Cable Railing Terms

  Posted on December 17, 2019

Cable railing is a relatively new trend in the industry, leading to some confusion on specific terminology. We're here to help alleviate that confusion by focusing in on 10 key terms associated with the product!

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What is the actual difference between railing and fence?

Fence Vs. Railing, what's the difference?

  Posted on October 24, 2019

The terms often are interchangeable, but critical differences are key in ensuring the proper products are used….so, what are these differences?

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Asking the question: What do lines on a railing system mean?

Two-Line? Three-Line? How about some guide-lines!

  Posted on September 24, 2019

The number of “lines” in a given railing system is critical to the overall project design, but the terminology often leads to confusion. So, what does two, three, four, etc. line railing ACTUALLY mean?

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A pipe cable railing lines an outdoor patio and does not create a ladder effect

Do Horizontal Railing Lines Create a Ladder Effect?

  Posted on August 16, 2019

From time to time we get asked about horizontal lines in railing systems creating a ladder effect… attracting children to climb into dangerous situations. Is this concern justified, or are horizontal lines safe to install on every location?

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Handrail guides users up a ramp as the question is asked: How does handrail fit in with the ADA?

How Does Handrail Meet ADA Guidelines?

  Posted on July 16, 2019

The Americans with Disabilities Act established precedents to ensure all could equally enjoy public and commercial buildings across the country, so where does handrail fit in?

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Railing on multiple balconies promoting cleaning railing to make it look like new again

How do I Clean this Gunk off my Railing?

  Posted on June 11, 2019

While Superior Railing is low-maintenance, there isn't anything we can do about random dirt and messy substances getting on your products. What we can do is offer some advice in cleaning that gunk off. 

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Various pieces of safety equipment promoting building safety month

Building Safety, The Superior Way

  Posted on May 10, 2019

May is Building Safety Month, and at Superior Aluminum we take safety very seriously. Safe, code-compliant designs and a workforce that keeps safety front of mind are integral parts of the Superior way. 

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Pipe railing surrounding a water treatment plant illustrating one of many project varieties quotable via the get a quote tool

Wait, I Can Easily Get a Railing Price Now?

  Posted on April 19, 2019

For years getting a project into Superior’s railing quotation process was potentially mysterious and complex, but no longer.

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A basketball hoop promoting the discussion of brackets in conjunction with the NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament

It's March - Time to Talk Brackets!

  Posted on March 19, 2019

March is the time of year where everyone is talking brackets, and that includes Superior Aluminum (and a special guest)!

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Pipe handrail with pipe picket railing illustrates code compliant handrail design for a code discussion

Do You Know your Code? Part Three

  Posted on February 13, 2019

It's time to take another deep look at building codes! Do manufacturers just use whatever size material they have laying around to build handrail? Is it just screwed into the wall? There are handrail codes that deal with these questions and it is time to explore them. 

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Numerous balconies feature railing terms to be explored in depth

Examining 20 MORE Railing Terms

  Posted on January 23, 2019

Working with railing can often get confusing, especially when very specific terms start to get thrown around. We have already looked at 20 common railing terms, but now it's time to check out 20 more! 

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Pipe railing surrounds brewing tanks at an Ohio brewery

Railings and Beer.....a Perfect Match?

  Posted on December 27, 2018

Railings and beer. Two seemingly random and unrelated topics with wildly different demographics showing heavy interest in them, right?

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Picket fence guarding a backyard showing numerous fence terms set to be defined

Investigating 12 Fence Terms....and 4 Bonus Terms!

  Posted on November 13, 2018

Fence, including Aluminum Fence, is important for keeping unwanted visitors away, but can sometimes become a bit perplexing. We took a deep dive into some of the key terms associated with fence in an effort to clear away some of the fog. 

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Local students explore Superior Aluminum on Manufacturing Day

Local Students Discover Superior Aluminum

  Posted on October 17, 2018

The local high school is right down the road from Superior Aluminum Products, but most of the inhabitants have no idea what goes on in their own is time to change that!

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Pipe picket stair railing at a church showcasing building codes to be examined

Do you Know your Code? Part Two

  Posted on September 17, 2018

Does a handrail just get installed on a step because the building owner is being nice? Do they just pick a spot on the wall and say: "looks good, fasten it there?" As it turns out, handrails have their own sets of rules within the larger building code to create a consistent, safe set of standards. 

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Installed square picket railing illustrating the end result of the full railing order process

How does railing go from an idea to an installation?

  Posted on August 20, 2018

So you have this great idea for a beautiful railing what?

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Pipe cable railing installed at a manufacturing facility illustrating the end result of development

How did Pipe Cable Railing come to be?

  Posted on July 23, 2018

A closer look at the needs and development that led to a brand new member of the Superior Aluminum product family.

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An apartment building representing the recent boom in multi-family facilities

A Glimpse at Housing Trends and What they Mean

  Posted on June 19, 2018

Where is the housing market going in comparison to where it has been? What does it mean for building products manufacturers? 

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Several lines of step and balcony railing illustrating discussed building code compliance

Do you Know your Code?

  Posted on May 10, 2018

Ever wondered if that hotel balcony railing was really safe to lean against? Turn's out there is a wide array of rules and regulations called building codes that ensure it is indeed safe! We tackled two of these such codes in depth!

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Square porch columns support an entryway using components to be defined

Examining 15 Common Column Terms

  Posted on April 12, 2018

Load-Bearing? Wrap-Around? What do all these fancy column terms actually mean?!

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Step railing leads to an apartment building with components to be defined

Understanding 20 Common Aluminum Railing Terms

  Posted on March 7, 2018

Working with railing can often get confusing, especially when very specific terms start to get thrown around. We are here to ease some of the confusion. 

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Football players stand at practice promoting discussion of football without manufacturing

The Big Game Without Manufacturing?

  Posted on February 13, 2018

What would the end of a football season look like without Manufacturing? We decided to answer the question! 

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A new construction project with processes used to be defined

Understanding 12 Key Construction Terms

  Posted on January 16, 2018

The construction and building supply industries tend to throw out acronyms that can make anyone pause and say: “Wait, what does that mean?”

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Balcony railing illustrating an answer to the question of assembled vs. unassembled railing

Buy Pre-Assembled, or Fabricate on the Jobsite?

  Posted on December 12, 2017

Unassembled railing kits may be priced more aggressively, but do they cost less?

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A commercial building showcasing a boom in the commercial construction industry

Commercial Construction On the Rise

  Posted on November 16, 2017

Every quarter the USG Corporation and the US Chamber of Commerce survey a panel of contractors in the commercial construction industry to gauge their perspective on the current market. Powered by Dodge Data and Analytics, this index reveals some of the most prominent and promising trends forthcoming from the commercial construction industry.

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