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Reducing Stress in Green Places

Ponderosa Straight Steel BalustersStudies have shown that living and experiencing nature can help improve your life. If you feel a lot of stress, you can reduce it by spending time in green spaces. What better place for a green space than your own home? People suffering from chronic fatigue and anxiety, as well as individuals that just are feeling the general stress of life, may benefit from spending time outdoors.

Researchers at the University of Edinburgh came to this conclusion by measuring the levels of cortisol, which is the hormone that causes stress, in a group of people ages 35 to 55. They discovered that individuals who lived in a space that is less than 30% green had unhealthy levels of cortisol. Additionally, the study showed that people who live in areas with more green space respond better to day-to-day disruptions and other stressful events.

You can relax and experience the outdoors around your home with a brand new deck. Union Metalworks offers high-quality and affordable aluminum balusters for decks. Whether you are building a new home or just doing some renovations, you can rest assured that we will be able to provide you with excellent deck balusters that look amazing. Take a look at our wide array of options and place an order online today!

Having a Deck Party

bannerWhether you live in a cold or a warm climate, having a deck attached to your home is a great investment. From increasing your home’s property value to just improving your backyard, choosing a new deck for your home can change the way you live. One of the best things you can do with your deck is host an outdoor party.

If you have ever been to a party at a home with a nice deck, then you know it’s a great place for people to hang out, have a few drinks, and enjoy the weather! You can plan a birthday party on your deck and not have to worry about children damaging your carpets, plan a summer barbecue and let the smoky smells wash over you, or just have some friends over for cocktails and conversation. You’ll be able to look out over your backyard and just enjoy the sights, sounds, and smells of the outdoors.

When designing a new deck for your home, you can find amazing spindles for your needs from Union Metalworks. Our business offers a wide array of metal spindles for decks at prices that cannot be beat, allowing you to build a beautiful deck without breaking the bank.

DIY Installation of Balusters

blogRe-doing your deck, porch, or staircase handrails is a great way to spice up little elements of your home in a way that has a big effect. In order to affect this change, you obviously need to purchase the right products. While balusters themselves are relatively inexpensive, paying someone to install the balusters can rack up the overall cost quickly. Because of this, it can be much simpler to install the balusters yourself, saving the labor costs for other renovations you may have planned. If you’ve never done this before, or you’re not the most construction-savvy person, you don’t need to worry. Installing metal balusters in wooden hand rails is a fairly simple process. We’ve outlined the basic steps below:

  1. Make sure you have the necessary tools (desired balusters, epoxy/hot glue, power tool with a metal cutting blade, drill & drill bit, and optional baluster shoes).
  2. If you still need to remove old wooden balusters, cut them in half and remove the two halves. Wooden balusters can be secured in a few different ways, so removing the top and bottom pieces will be different for each situation.
  3. Next, you need to drill holes in the two locations the baluster will be secured in. The holes will have to be a little larger than the balusters themselves so that they can be fitted properly. If you opt out of balusters shoes (which hide the drilled holes) you will need to drill holes that perfectly fit your selected baluster.
  4. You now need to cut the balusters so they’re the proper length for your given situation. Measure the distance between the handrail and the floor, and then typically add about 1.5 inches. Cut at this added measurement from the bottom of the baluster.
  5. Make sure your first measured baluster fits properly, and then install! Using the epoxy or hot glue, slide the baluster into the glued hole, and then glue the shoes if you choose to use them.

Voila! We told you it was simple. With this easy guide your renovation project becomes a simple task that takes less than a day and saves you money. Another way to save money is getting the best deal you can on balusters. You of course don’t want to sacrifice quality for price though, and you can be sure that UnionMetalWorks.com you won’t lose any quality for our well-priced products. Visit our online store today to start your cost-efficient renovation process.

Upgrade Your Deck, Porch or Staircase

blogYour home can be a part of your life that can show off your unique style and tastes. If you truly consider all of the small details involved in the creation of a home, you’ll realize that each home can be completely unique from one another if you want it to be. If you have a wooden porch, deck, or staircase in your home, a good way to make them look more elegant and diverse is to change out the plain wooden balusters installed in them and replace them with black metal balusters.

While wooden balusters can still be attractive pieces, metal balusters give something extra to the atmosphere of your home. In combination with that, you can add a beautiful stain of your choice to the wood to either match or compliment the black metal balusters. Both are fairly cheap renovation ideas that are also projects you and your family can complete yourselves! Balusters are less than 3 dollars apiece and can easily be installed in less than a day (keep watch for an upcoming blog post with a guide for this process). If you compare the before of your drab, wooden handrail with the effect afterward of sleek black metal balusters and a beautifully stained railing, the results will speak for themselves.

Balusters are small details you may look over when trying to revamp your home. However, as we’ve discussed in this post, this little detail can be a cheap and quick way to give your deck, porch, or staircase a whole new vibe. The first place you need to start is the balusters! We’re dedicated to providing our customers with well-priced, high quality balusters, so you don’t need to worry about substandard products during your renovation. Browse our online store to find the balusters for your needs at UnionMetalWorks.com.

Up-Cycle Wooden Balusters

blogAt UnionMetalWorks.com, we’re proud to offer well-priced, high-quality metal handrail balusters that will last and look great. Our balusters are made out of steel and aluminum, which ever suits your needs, which are recyclable. However, our balusters shouldn’t wear out on you anytime soon. If you’ve upgraded to metal balusters and in the past you’ve used wooden handrails and balusters, you may have some old ones lying around with no use. Here are a few do-it-yourself (DIY) projects that will help you up-cycle those items.

Small Table – Long and slim balusters make great table legs for a small, elegant side table.
Candlesticks – Repurposing wooden balusters as candlesticks is as simple as making sure the bottom is flat and sturdy and securing a candle to the other end.
Spindle Wreath – If you have a rather mismatched collection of balusters, securing them in a wreath-like shape makes a homey and eclectic wall decoration.
Embellishments on other Furniture – If you have any plain, flat-facing wooden cabinets, drawers, or so on, cutting old balusters and using them as embellishments is a great way to make them a little more exciting.

If none of these projects were for you, try to come up with a new use for an old baluster yourself! As you can see just from these few projects, balusters can be very versatile so you won’t have an issue getting crafty.

For more information on our long-lasting metal balusters, visit UnionMetalWorks.com today!

Benefits of Adding a Deck to Your Home Part 2

blogIn a previous blog post we laid out some of the benefits of investing in a deck for your home – but those were only a few of numerous reasons they’re a great addition. Here are some more reasons, in case you still need convincing, that a deck may be right for you.

More Space
The added square footage you’ll gain from adding a deck to your home will make you wonder why you didn’t build one sooner. Great for barbeques, having a few friends over or parties, a deck will give you much more room for you, your family and friends to spend time in.
Relatively Low Cost
Compared to a lot of other home improvement options, a deck is much cheaper. It is an easily achievable addition, and, as stated in our previous post, has a significant return on your investment. Depending on how large you want your deck and the materials you choose, a deck is a relatively inexpensive home addition to choose.
They’re Customizable
A great thing about decks is that you can completely make them your own. Just like decorating a room, you get to decide exactly what goes into your deck: size, shape, colors, furnishings, uses, etc. You can add features like a grill, pool, hot tub, and more depending on what YOU decide you want to use it for. Since you’re starting from scratch, you get to make all the choices to create your perfect deck.

So now we’ve won you over, and it’s time to start that customization process! Picking the right materials for your investment is an important step in that process, and we’re here to help. Check out our metal balusters today at UnionMetalWorks.com.

Benefits of Adding a Deck to Your Home Part 1

blogIf you’re a first-time homeowner or if you’re just looking to spice up the residence you’re currently in, a deck is a great option. Decks are incredibly popular and are the perfect place to relax during any season, not to mention a good deck is a great place to have company over. There are, in fact, many benefits from your property having a deck that you may not have considered before, but we’re here to help! Below are just a few of the many benefits a deck can offer you:

Your Home Value Increases
You spent a lot of money on your home, and you want to make sure it continues to be of good worth. Decks will increase the value of your home so that in the end, you’re likely to get back 72% of building the deck due to the increased resale value.
Makes the Best of Difficult Landscapes
If your home is on a hill, you have a rocky backyard, or your landscape is mostly unusable for another reason, a deck can make use of that space. What was once something difficult to maneuver will now be a great backyard that you no longer have to ignore.
Relatively Quick and Easy Construction
Decks are fairly quick projects and, since they’re outside, won’t disturb your day-to-day life in your home!

If we haven’t convinced you yet that a deck is a great investment for your home, stay tuned for some more advantages. If we have convinced you, now you have to start making choices! We suggest using metal balusters for decks, and we have great options for you at UnionMetalWorks.com. Visit our website today to get started on your home improvement project.

The Benefits of Adding Curved Balusters to Your Porch

blogYour front porch is a major aspect of your home’s curb appeal. It makes a strong statement about you, and the rest of your home. A beautiful and well-maintained front porch is important for every homeowner. If you want to make your porch look modern, distinctive and beautiful, consider adding curved balusters to your railing.

Unique

Houses were not meant to all look the same. Your home should be a reflection of who you are, or who you want to be. Most of the homes in your neighborhood probably utilize the standard, straight baluster model on their front porch. Older homes may even have filigreed balusters. If you want your home to stand out from the rest, adding curved balusters to your porch will give it a unique, modern look that will be the envy of all your neighbors. 

Beautiful

Because they are so unique, curved balusters will make your home look beautiful. Typical straight balusters fade into the background unnoticed. Curved balusters immediately draw the eye because of their interesting shape.

When remodeling or designing your front porch, you will have many different types of balusters to choose from. The color and finish on your balusters can be made to make the exterior of your home, but choosing the shape of your new balusters may be a challenge. Consider using curved balusters to add unique beauty to the exterior of your home.  Check out our gallery today, to learn more!

The Advantages of Metal Deck Balusters

blogWhen it comes to improving your home, a deck is a great investment. There are a lot of decisions you have to make when installing a deck – from big choices like shape and size to small ones like stain color, each step matters. One thing you may not think to consider as heavily as other choices is what kind of baluster you decide to utilize. Balusters can be hidden or they can add decorative effect to your deck. But, the material you decide to go with will affect their use. For some, wooden balusters are the right way to go, but not always. We’ve outlined some of the benefits of metal deck balusters below to help figure out if they are right for you.

  • They tend to be stronger than other options, making them good safety options
  • They can utilize thinner components, making them less visible if that is the desired effect
  • Steel is much more flexible, fitting more unusual designs
  • They are very low maintenance
  • Aluminum can be much cheaper than other options
  • They last a long time
  • They are recyclable
  • They are resistant to fungus, unlike wood which is susceptible to fungus and rot

These are a few of the benefits you will reap if you choose metal deck balusters for your deck. We’re dedicated to designing, manufacturing and providing you with well-priced high-quality handrail balusters that will suit your needs. Visit UnionMetalWorks.com today to view our products.

 

Welcome to the Union Metal Works Blog!

blogUnion Metalworks has been in business since 1992 and since then, we have been dedicated to designing, manufacturing and selling reasonably-priced, high quality metal balusters for decks and porches. We started out in the automotive engineering industry, and we use automotive manufacturing techniques and coatings to make beautiful balusters without the disproportionate retail overhead.

We make our balusters in a variety of styles out of both steel and aluminum. Some of the styles we manufacture include Gothic Straight Balusters, Archer Curved Balusters, and Ponderosa Straight Balusters. We pride ourselves on providing consumers with square balusters, which are rarely seen in home improvement stores. Our balusters are engineered for strength, a unique sculpted look, and fade resistant, wrought iron appearance.

We believe that having the right balusters for your porch or deck can make or break the appearance of your home. When you purchase your balusters from us, not only are you getting a great deal, but you are also getting a beautiful finished product that is easy to install.

In this blog we will be writing about topics that are relevant to our industry. If you are building a new deck or remodeling your porch and want more information about balusters and handrails, stay tuned. Check out our selection, as well as our gallery to get ideas, today!