Black FLIGHT Onyx Rods

Product Change Notes

DriveTite & RodTite Updates

June 29, 2023

Changes Included:

  • Viewrail has modified the end mount components to both our DriveTite and RodTite systems. The new end mounts have radial grooves machined into the mounting side, allowing greater ease of installation. This is a small change, but adds a much needed quality of life benefit to the installation process. Formerly, our end mounts were paired with a lock-tite washer. This provided some bite into wooden structures, ensuring the end mount would not spin over time.

Older end mounts have been archived, and are replaced with the new end mounts, effective immediately.

Endurance Updates: Mocha Stain and Tread Redesign

June 22, 2023

Changes Included:

  • Viewrail is proud to introduce “Mocha”, our proprietary stain sealant for exterior applications. This semi-transparent stain provides a rich, dark pigment for our thermally treated wood products, providing an elegant finish with exceptional benefits. As both a stain and oil-based sealant, “Mocha” provides a broad spectrum of wood protection, including: UV damage, aging, moisture, fungus attack, fiber rot, and much more! Because our stain is oil-based, it is able to soak into the wood effectively, creating an even and long lasting finish. As with all exterior wood products, we recommend yearly cleaning and re-application.
  • Our Endurance Series Tread have leveled up in their design. The slat redesign allows water to run through, preventing water damage and rot. Endurance Treads have no glue joints—they are held together with strong bolts which leave no points of weakness. Endurance Treads pair perfectly with Endurance Series Handrails and Special Application Posts for a complete tread and railing solution. Endurance treads use thermally modified wood and are 3.5 inches thick with an 11.375″ (11 3/8″) depth and the widths come in 2″ variances from 36-48″.

Glass Updates: Gen 2 Suction Cups and Vibra-Tite Epoxy Kit

April 27, 2023

Changes Included:

  • A long-awaited update, glass suction cups are upgrading to a more industrial option. These 8" Industrial-Grade Hand Cups are a much stronger, more dependable solution that will make installs way easier. This is a subcomponent of the glass installation kit.
  • We are adding an epoxy kit for interior or exterior use for orders with glass. This can be used for the top cap and couplers, or it can be used to help adhere base rail parts. It comes with one epoxy gun, a two-part epoxy cartridge, and two mixing tips. This would also be a good solution for Quick Slide components. This is added through generators and is a subcomponent of the glass installation kit.

1/8" Express Cable Railing

April 18, 2023

Changes Included:

  • In keeping with our best value engineered solutions, Express is moving from a 5/32" system to a 1/8" system for all cable wiring and components. This allows for a thinner profile while maintaining industry standards for safety. Additionally, our Express Angle Posts will have slotted holes instead of pre-drilled round holes. This will better accommodate a variety of angles on staircases. What hasn't changed is that Express will continue to be our stocked, "ready to ship", next day railing option. Express continues to be the look you love, right off the shelf.

    Further Details:
    - 1⁄8” cable from 5/32” cable
    - Black anodized external hardware (tension receiver and angle washer)
    - Thinner threaded crimp fitting and cable stop fitting
    - New install kit including a cable crimper and cable cutter
    - 1⁄8” Express Onyx DriveTite offering
    - Posts remain the same, but tension fittings will change

If you require a 5/32” Express system from a previous project, please reach out to a sales representative.

FLIGHT Updates: Duo, Stack & Spiral

April 14, 2023

Changes Included:

  • We are proud to add three new product lines to our FLIGHT lineup: Duo, Stack, and Spiral. Each of these three product lines bring bold new looks to the stair industry while building on the legacy of our flagship Mono system. All systems allow for LED treads and railing that are compatible with smart home integration.
  • FLIGHT Duo: It’s okay to do a double take. Dual stringers are a robust yet elegant solution for modern floating stairs. Constructed from a welded steel structure, FLIGHT Duo utilizes thick treads with a fully integrated glass railing system, showcasing its elegant strength. Oftentimes, one side of the stringer can run hidden within the framing of a wall, presenting a cantilevered appearance. A properly finished Dual Stringer system often appears as an organic addition to the house, bringing traditional double stringer systems into a freshly modern landscape.

    - Interior use only
    - Commercial or residential
    - Custom inset glass railing only
  • FLIGHT Stack: With awe-inspiring artistry, FLIGHT Stack stands a level above the rest. As you travel from one level to the next, the beautiful tread blocks create a seamless waterfall effect, blending rise and run in seamless perfection. As the first of its kind, Stack hides all of its metal hardware and components, leaving the appearance of only wood treads connecting one floor to the next. This masterpiece is thoughtfully engineered and intentionally designed for open spaces, creating a bold statement in modern homes and business complexes alike.

    - Interior use only
    - Commercial or residential
    - Vedera Glass railing only
  • FLIGHT Spiral: FLIGHT Spiral is a modern take on an industry classic. Fabricated with the compact home in mind, this modular masterpiece maintains a minimal footprint in your home. As a highly customizable kit, FLIGHT Spiral is custom-made for your space and installs with ease and efficiency. The solid steel center pole bears the weight of each thick tread, highlighting the beauty of the ascending wood grain. Each helical tread flows smoothly to the next, creating a balanced, organic look.

    - Interior use only
    - Residential use only
    - Rod or iron baluster railing infill only
    - Landings and platforms provided by Viewrail

*Lead times for Spiral and Stack may vary, depending on complexity of engineering. For further details, please discuss with one of our design or engineering team members.

LED Everything! Quick Slide Handrail Update, LED Handrail & LED Treads

April 7, 2023

Changes Included:

  • For years, LED integrations have been a goal for our products. We are pleased to announce the first round of LED technology is off the ground and soaring in the market!
  • Our proprietary Quick Slide Handrail has undergone a level up. The extruded center channel allows for the LED strip to fit snugly and securely without hindering the installation of the Quick Slide bracket. Furthermore, the Quick Slide bracket is now fabricated from a single piece of aluminum, and custom made for sliding through the channel. By removing the retainer nuts, we have reduced install time, and eliminated the mixing of different metals. This reduces corrosion impact, adding to the longevity of the product in harsher exterior environments.
  • Our LED Handrail is finally available under our Quick Slide Handrail line. It is not currently offered for our wood handrail options. The LED technology is dimmable and smart home compatible, and able to be used in either exterior or interior projects. It is currently offered for all of our Post Systems (cable, endurance rods, or glass). Cost is an additional $25 per linear foot.
  • Our LED Treads round out our LED upgrade offering. Our LED Treads have a routed out channel under the nosing of the tread, custom-made to each tread's specifications. Available for all our thick tread offerings, these LED's are installed pre-finished, making installation easy on the jobsite. The LED technology is both dimmable and blendable, with color ranging from Daylight Yellow (3,000K) to Neutral White (6,000K), and is compatible with smart home integration. Currently available for all FLIGHT Systems (Mono, Duo, Stack, Spiral, and Cantilever).

Cantilever Stairs, Perforated Panels & Dual Channel Stringers

August 26, 2022

Changes Included:

  • Cantilever stairs are a very common desire from the market. Often, these stairs have strict requirements for the supporting wall, typically involving concrete. Viewrail has come up with an innovative two-part design only requiring a wood-constructed wall. The simple bolt-together product can be easily installed with two people and provides a completely floating stair aesthetic.
  • Commercial projects frequently call our a solid, perforated panel infill between posts. These are now offered through Viewrail and can be supported with clips between posts. They are constructed from aluminum and are powder coated any of our standard powder coat colors. Although typically commercial, these make for a great residential solution when sight obscurity is needed.

Standoff Pins and Vedera Revision & Base Rail Drain Block

July 22, 2022

Changes Included:

  • Viewrail's Standoff Pin offering has been revised to contain less parts and stronger fastener, creating a more durable and easy-to-install product. The Pin's main body is now a solid piece of aluminum and is fastened with a 5" hanger bolt.
  • Vedera is the most popular glass offering on a FLIGHT system. The hardware has been simplified to make installation easier and FLIGHT treads will now be shipped out with preinstalled hanger bolts to make assembly as quick as possible
  • Water runoff can be a concern for those installing Base Rail in an exterior setting. The Base Rail Drain Block can be mounted underneath the Base Rail under each mounting location and will raise the Base Rail 3/8" off the mounting surface to allow water drainage.

Floor Termination Fitting for Commercial Grab Rail

July 15, 2022

Changes Included:

  • This fitting works with our 1.5" steel grab rail and is used on commercial projects where the grab rail extends past the top or bottom post and returns to the floor.

New Stringer Foot Cover & "K" Post

July 1, 2022

Changes Included:

  • Providing the most beautiful modern stair system to a happy customer is Viewrail’s top goal. Adding a cover plate for the mounting hardware on a stringer’s floor connection plate is one of those small details that makes this possible. This cover can be used even after the entire system is installed, making it a backward-compatible addition.
  • For around 7 years Viewrail offered a single post-transition leading from an angle knee wall to a level run. However, despite videos and measurement guides, this was a tricky and often troublesome solution resulting in remakes. For that reason, the solution was to double post this transition. In the scenarios where the customer does not want to double post, Viewrail is now offering a “K" post solution. This post will always be 42” and surface mounted, and drilled on the level side only for an Inside Post Mount Kit. The placement and drilling of the angled side will be completely up to the customer. This is not Viewrail's main, recommended solution, and the success of this post’s installation will fall to the customer.

Cascade Treads

June 17, 2022

Changes Included:

  • Cascade treads use an engineered core of solid hardwood as a rigid interior. This core will be produced from finger-jointed scrap or lower-grade hardwood lumber and the thickness will differ depending on the overall tread depth. The core is then cross-laminated with ½” engineered lumber, which is a key component in providing dimensional stability. Finally, a 3/16” - ¼” mitered hardwood wear layer is cross-laminated as the exterior. This wear layer will be constructed from our standard, high-grade lumber.

Tread Options Discontinued & New Quick Slide Offering

June 3, 2022

Changes Included:

  • Due to a lack of market interest, our artisan, beveled and urban treads have been discontinued.
  • The revolutionary, proprietary Quick Slide handrail offering has expanded to include a Quick Slide Beverage rail. This railing is 4” wide and offers a wider surface for leaning on or setting beverages. Without the need to use screws or other penetrating fasteners, installing a handrail has never been easier.

Platinum Black & Standoff Pin Drywall Skirt Optional

May 13, 2022

Changes Included:

  • Viewrail’s powder coat process and finish were awarded a 2605 AAMA rating, as well as the powder coat provider’s (PPG) approval to source and apply their top-tier powder offering. This finish is an upgrade even over fluoropolymer and is confidently backed for up to 10 years in any environment. Unlike any other competitors, Viewrail will warranty the appropriate coastal products with this finish even on oceanfront properties.
  • The Standoff Pin drywall skirt had previously been a mandatory part of the product and had often gone unused by the installer. To reduce waste, this will only be provided if the customer asks.

New Stain & Side Mount Changes

May 6, 2022

Changes Included:

  • Originally premiered during IBS 2022, the New Capella stain sparked a lot of interest and was launched shortly afterward.
  • Side Mount Posts Carriage bolts changed from 4.5" to 6" The change in length on carriage bolts was made to provide more flexibility in mounting options. It makes it much easier to install when 2x or 3x blocking is present.

Base Rail: Press-in Blade

April 15, 2022

Changes Included:

  • In response to customer feedback, Viewrail moved from a rubber bulb seal to a rubber press-in blade to help seal between the glass and the base rail cover. This improved installation ease and speed, while providing a great aesthetic.

All-Aluminum Bolt-together Side Mounts

April 8, 2022

Changes Included:

  • Welding Aluminum Side Mounted plates to the post had two drawbacks. The heat of the welding process weakened the aluminum, and the large exterior welds were unsightly. By creating an all aluminum, bolt-together solution for Aluminum Side Mounts, both these issues were resolved. The result: an easy-to-install, aesthetically clean, and much stronger Side Mount connection.

New Coastal Offering & Parts Updates

April 1, 2022

Changes Included:

  • Onyx Rod railing is one of the hottest railing options on the market. To help meet the demand for coastal projects, Viewrail launched Coastal Onyx rod railing. The 2205 rods are powder coated with the Platinum Black finish and allow for this infill option to be installed in any environment.
  • The all-Aluminum ¾” Dome was released to increase our production speed, reduce our aluminum waste, and align all universal domes to have the same aesthetic. By creating the dome completely from Aluminum, we reduce the chance of any galvanic reaction on coastal projects.
  • Base Rail’s glass clamps need to be tightened on each side of the glass, however, the installer may not always have access to both sides of the glass. To address this concern, the Base Rail Wrench Pack now comes with a long and short wrench. The long wrench should provide enough reach to tighten the far side of the glass while standing on the inside of the glass.

FLIGHT Tread Bracket Magnets

March 25, 2022

Changes Included:

  • In order to create a quicker production and installation process with less waste, the FLIGHT bracket covers are now held in place with magnets. The magnets are simply set on / attached to the outside of the head of the preinstalled screw, and the bracket cover snaps in place to these magnets.

No Hole Talons & Angle Sleeves

March 18, 2022

Changes Included:

  • Viewrail's new Surface Mount Talon uses an internal pressure plate to hold the glass and two set screws to tighten and tilt the glass panel as needed. This dramatically increases the adjustability and versatility of the Surface Talon glass system without the need for holes in the glass.
  • Based on customer feedback, Viewrail launched an angled version of the Adhesive Sleeve. The center of the sleeve is milled out to prevent the cable from contacting and pushing the Adhesive Sleeve when the cable is on an angle. Previously the cable had been putting pressure on the sleeve and, at times, popping the sleeve off over time.

ICC Rated ⅜” Post to Post Glass

March 4, 2022

Changes Included:

  • International Code Compliance is one of the most sought-after product certifications. The ICC approval for ⅜” post to post glass provides an enormous degree of confidence in the safety and durability of ⅜” tempered glass between Viewrail’s post systems.

Adjustable Vertical Glass Coupler

February 18, 2022

Changes Included:

  • The redesign of the vertical glass coupler allows for the coupler to sit on the glass, instead of between glass panels. At the top of the stairs, a single piece of glass could go from an angle to a level. In order to connect the glass cap for this scenario, the hinge was redesigned to provide space to sit on top of this transition.
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