Fortress Common Questions (FAQ)

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Fe26 Iron Railing Questions

What is Fortress Fe26 Iron Railing?

Fortress Railing Products Fe26 Iron Railing is a steel railing system that provides the beauty and visibility of an aluminum railing system, but with added strength. Fe26 Railing is created using easy to install pre-welded rail panels that are easily customized. It is an enhanced version of traditional wrought iron railing that brings unparalleled quality to any patio, deck or balcony. The appearance of Fe26 is clean, classic and versatile for a variety of applications or surfaces. Pre-galvanized steel, zinc phosphate, e-coat and premium powder coating makes it one of the most elegant and durable iron railing system on the market.

What is Fe26 Railing made of?

Fortress Fe26 Railing is constructed of 100% pre-galvanized and powder coated steel. This material is durable and corrosion resistant, which means it’s built to last and virtually maintenance free.

What are the features and benefits of Fortress Fe26 Railing?

  • Panels are pre-welded with a patent-pending bracket system
  • FortressShield Coating - an automotive coating process that resists rust and corrosion
  • Use with wood, composite, vinyl or Fortress Railing iron posts
  • Quick and easy installation
  • Fe26 Panels are tested in accordance with AC273 & OBC/NBCC

How much maintenance is required for Fe26 Iron Railing?

Fe26 Fortress Iron Railing is virtually maintenance free and long lasting due to the material it is made from. The railing is coated with durable, multi-layered anti-corrosion coating technology adopted from the high-end automotive industry. The little maintenance needed means that the railing can be enjoyed longer before any maintenance is needed.

What is the difference between Fe26 Universal Brackets and Fe26 Collar Brackets?

Universal Brackets are only for straight installations of Fe26 Rail Panels to posts or walls. To be used for a stair or angled installations, the universal brackets also require angle adapter brackets to be purchased. The collar brackets are also for attaching Fe26 Rail Panels to posts or walls, but are available in level, stair or multi-angle styles. The different styles all work for that installation type, so there no need to purchase any extra piece or adapter when doing a stair or corner (like with the universal bracket). In addition, collar brackets offer a more archaic look and only come in the colors Black Sand and Antique Bronze. The universal brackets are offered in all three Fortress Railing colors: Black Sand, Antique Bronze and Gloss Black.

Other Product Questions

How are Fortress products coated and doesn't iron typically rust?

All Fortress Iron products are galvanized inside and out, and powder coated to allow for the highest standard of quality. All products are backed by a warranty against manufacturer’s defects. For more information regarding warranty on the product you are interested in, please read the warranty information located on the Info & Guides section of the page.

How should the Fortress iron railing be cleaned?

  1. Use a soft white cloth with a mixture of warm water and mild soap.
  2. Wipe the balusters or railing panel from bottom to top.
  3. Thoroughly rinse the soap off of the railing with clean water.
  4. Repeat a few times a year or as needed.

*This applies to Vienna balusters, Round Vintage balusters, Square Vintage balusters and Fe26 Iron Railing.

What types of architectural balusters are available?

The Vienna Series include Belly balusters in black and antique bronze colors. This unique style offers low maintenance and easy installation.

What styles are available?

Fortress Iron balusters are available in the following styles:

Are the Vintage balusters solid or hollow?

Fortress Vintage square balusters are hollow to accommodate the pre-drilled holes with a powder-coated finish. They use a side mount installation.

What is the hole pattern of the Fortress Vintage Square balusters?

The Fortress Vintage Square balusters use a side mount installation. On each end, the first screw hole is located one inch from the top and bottom. The second screw hole is placed one inch from that. There are two screw holes per each end. Each pack comes with 20 pre-packaged stainless steel screws.

What is the recommended spacing for Pure View Balusters?

The Pure View Balusters spacing depends on the installation method.

  • Install Pure View Glass Balusters with Fortress Pure View Mounting Shoes at 4" OC
  • Install Pure View Glass Balusters with Fortress Pure View Mounting Clips at 4" OC
  • Install Pure View Glass Balusters with Pure View Top and Bottom Rails at 3.75" edge to edge
  • Install Pure View Glass Balusters with Sandwich Method at 3.75" edge to edge