Several different mounting methods may be commonly used to install stainless steel railing systems, including top mount, side mount, and core drill methods. Unlike top mount railing posts and side mount railing posts, the core drill post installation method is solely used for installing railing systems on hard surfaces such as concrete or stone pavers.
The above cable railing system installed in a business setting features railing posts that have been installed using the core drill method. Customers use the ramp to gain access to and from the building.
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How Are Railing Posts Installed?
Several different mounting techniques are used to install stainless steel railing posts on the various floor, stair, or parapet surfaces. Depending on the circumstances, railings are usually side, top, or core drill or a mix of all three. AGS can customize the mount when standard options are not viable.
Side mount posts may sometimes include a spacer (right) or a notched decking edge (center).
Top mount railing posts, the post on the right, has a base plate cover (optional).
Core drill railing posts in concrete. The post on the right has a base plate cover (optional).
Why Choose to Install a Railing System using the Core Drill Method?
Railing posts installed using the core drill method are anchored by embedding the post’s base in the floor surface using grout rather than attaching it on top. Railing posts that have been installed using the core drill method often add an unmatched look of seamless elegance.
The railing posts protrude from the smooth patio with a beautiful, elegant look, forming clean geometric lines for an ultra-luxurious look. This Rainier cable railing system installed in Miami, Florida, could not look more fitting.
The Core Drill Post Installation Process – What’s Involved?
Core Drilling is a process where a cylindrical core or “slug” of concrete is removed from the pavement to create a hole to accommodate a post or pole. The basic steps to install a railing system using the core drill method include:
First, the core is drilled. The most commonly used tool for this process is a diamond concrete-core drill. A diamond drill can cut through many surfaces such as concrete, pavers, and stone. The diamond-tipped core drill forms clean, circular holes every time. Core Drilling uses friction and water to smoothly bore the hole, keeping the concrete or stone surface intact and waterproof.
The post is inserted into the hole and carefully shimmed.
Next, the railing post is secured in place by applying the anchoring grout. The grout functions to keep the post in place and as a weatherproofing agent.
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