Timeline: 3 days
Scope of work: Custom Cedar Railing and Balcony Repair
Location: Bernardsville, NJ 07924
Monk’s was initially contracted to provide an exterior painting project for this beautiful Bernardsville, NJ home. However, we noticed the poor condition of the home’s cedar railing. The homeowners were delighted to learn that our team at Monk’s could rebuild a new cedar railing, as well as repair the rotting trim.
Railing and Balcony Repair
The original cedar railing of this home was thoroughly rotted. Years of exposure to the elements had not been kind to it. But what would be different about the new railing our team at Monk’s would build? Would it have to be replaced in a few years after being exposed to the elements?
Monk’s pre-primed each individually cut piece of wood before beginning the building process. Due to pre-priming, we ensured that every single side, including end pieces, will be protected. Therefore, the railing cannot start rotting from the inside out.
Another way that our team at Monk’s used their innovation to create a resistant railing is by replacing the old pine corners posts with new corner posts made of composite. Composite is moisture resistant and will therefore not have the same problem of rot that the old railing had suffered from.
All pieces were hand assembled, in the exact same pattern as the previous railing.
We filled all the nail holes and caulked all the joints and seams once we completely assembled the railing.
Then a coat of primer was applied, followed by two coats of paint.
The homeowner’s were so happy with the job our team did on the front railing that they asked us to do the same job on their back railings! As before, we custom cut and pre-primed each piece of wood. And like the front railing, the completed structure had all nail holes filled in and all joints and seams caulked. Lastly, a coat of primer and two coats of paint were also applied.
Carpenters worked on the custom cedar railings as well as a trim repair project. These pillars were rotting at the bottom. Because the wood rests on the stone, which collects puddles, it is easy to understand how these pillars began to rot.
Our team at Monk’s replaced these rotted sections of trim with composite. This material, unlike the previous wood, is moisture resistant.