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How AFP’s Guardian Clip™ is Revolutionizing Deck and Handrail Installs Part II

Updated: Jan 27

In Part I, we discussed how deck and handrail installation can be a long and tedious process, but thanks to Advanced Flooring Products (AFP), this is about to change. The company has developed a groundbreaking innovation that has transformed the way these installations are done. In part two of our series, we dive deeper into how AFP’s Guardian Clip™ is revolutionizing deck and handrail installs.

One of the crucial aspects of AFP's system is their unique patented bracket, the Guardian Clip. This clip has undergone rigorous testing and can support up to 1000 lbs, surpassing the industry standard of 300 lbs. The reason behind this incredible strength is the vertical bracing, which differs from the standard surface bracing found in traditional construction methods. The Guardian Clip also addresses the issue of deflection in the coating and helps waterproof the area. By utilizing this bracket, builders can rest assured that handrails are not only strong and durable but also long-lasting.


Another benefit of AFP's system is their use of aluminum instead of steel or wood. Aluminum's lightweight construction makes it easier to transport, but it's also corrosion-resistant, and the powder-coating process provides a wide range of colors and superior durability. Additionally, aluminum railings are sustainable, which aligns with AFP's goal of sustainability. They strive to incorporate better environmental practices into their products, which can positively impact the environment in the long run.

The versatility of aluminum means that builders can customize their railing system based on specific project requirements. AFP considers aesthetics, durability, and flexibility when designing their products. That's why they offer a wide range of styles and designs to choose from. Their innovative approach to design allows them to adapt to changing technology, construction methods, and emerging trends while maintaining quality and sustainability.


Unlike older rail systems where the bracket design is more likely to deteriorate due to extreme weather, AFP's unique patented bracket design offers superior performance and longevity. Contractors who use AFP's system have reported little to no damage to the brackets, and the coating has remained intact, even after several years of use. This performance is a testament not only to their unique system but also to the quality of their craftsmanship.


AFP’s innovative solutions is a testament to the 20+ years of dedication and expertise of its founder, Jim Metzger, a respected deck builder and waterproofing applicator in Northern California. Metzger's journey from applicator to supplier, manufacturer, and innovator was driven by his desire to address and rectify significant shortcomings he encountered in waterproofing and coatings. AFP listens to the builders. As a result, AFP has pioneered new installation methods designed to mitigate these flaws. We hope you find this post informative, and we invite you to contact us as your preferred decking systems provider today.

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