Wednesday, March 18, 2020
GARLAND, Texas – March 18, 2020 – Fortress Building Products, a manufacturer of category-leading fencing, railing, decking and framing systems, has been awarded its latest patent #10590656 for a versatile mounting system for its Fe26, Fe26 Plus, Al13 and Al13 HOME™ railing systems.
The patented Universal Bracket enables an installer to utilize one bracket for straight, stair and mitered railing applications. Improving efficiency for not only the installer, but also reducing the SKU inventory for both the distributor and dealer base. The innovative design has also increased the speed of installation, allowing for a pre-welded panel to easily be dropped into place.
Not only does the Universal Bracket simplify installation, but it has greatly improved the aesthetic finish with no visible fasteners. This innovative bracket also allows flexibility in finishing the railing with or without a top cap. The Universal Bracket’s use of set screws being directly attached to each panel has increased the positive connection for maximum strength. For the Fe26 system, the Universal Bracket was key for meeting the standards of AC273 and providing a Code Compliance Research Report (CCRR) for an iron railing. Fortress® continues to focus on innovation such as the Universal Bracket and offer a complete collection of best-in-class building materials that it backs up with a multitude of patents that are granted or pending.
"The Universal Bracket was the game changer. It is truly the linchpin. It makes the whole system work," Fortress CEO Matt Sherstad said. "To deliver a universal bracket mounting system where a single bracket can provide a simple installation for any application, while delivering unmatched strength and aesthetics, is monumental for the industry. That's where we provide value. That's where we believe our innovation benefits the professional contractor and homeowners, as well as our distribution partners that get them to market."