For us Arizonians, rain isn’t a big issue in our part of the country, so our residents spend a lot of time on their patio. They’ve got their zero-gravity recliners, they’ve got they’re barbecue fired up and they want to kick back and watch the game.
This scene, of course, includes some sort of flat-screen TV. In many cases, those televisions aren’t cheap and neither is the lift raising them up and down.
So, when the clouds split open and water falls from the heavens, a guest who doesn’t know about Nexus 21 could have a minor heart attack over the safety of the electronic components tucked away in their host’s patio island.
To find out why our backyard concealments can stand up to the elements, we talked with account managers Aaron Townsley and Mark Nickles.
The Motor is Safely Tucked Away
We put a lot of effort into designing a lift that can endure the elements. Take our motors, for example. They’ve been integrated into the telescoping column that raises and lowers your TV. You don’t have to worry about water dripping into the motor, nor do you have to be concerned about dust and other outdoor contaminants sneaking their way inside.
“Just from a maintenance standpoint, our lifts are maintenance free,” Mark said. “With a motor being inside a steel, telescoping column, you won’t ever have to clean it or lubricate it.”
The Parts Are Modified for Outdoor Use
The first modification our production team makes to a lift that will be used outdoors is switch out the standard steel hardware for stainless steel. This ensures that screws won’t oxidize and create structural instability.
But, Aaron said, Nexus 21 doesn’t stop there. Each piece that isn’t stainless steel receives a tough-as-nails ceramic powder coating that keeps the moisture out.
“The powder coating covers, seals and protects the metal so that it’s not exposed to the harsh environment around it,” Aaron said. “Plus, it gives the lift an aesthetic element…the powder coating looks better than bare steel.”
Three Trim Tips: Elevated Edge, Lower Lip Edge & Bulb Style
The key to keeping water out of your concealment is choosing a trim style that best fits your situation.
There are a couple of options, as you can see by the photos below. The first option is the elevated edge. In this mod, a rectangular, upright edge is placed around the lift opening. When your lift closes, the lid’s underside rests on the upright edge, elevated from any pools of moisture and sealing off the interior of your concealment.
This option isn’t for everyone because the lid ends up not being flush with the countertop. When a pro or homeowner comes to us wanting a different route, we show them the lower lip edge option.
In this mod, as you can see in the photo, a ledge is cut into the countertop so that the lid comes to a rest fully flush with the countertop around it. To keep any water out, a channel is carved out around the lip edge to ensure that any rainwater is directed away from your lift hardware.
The third option here is the bulb-style lower lip. In this mod, you follow the install we just mentioned but with one slight modification. Instead of cutting out a channel around the concealment, you lay down some weather stripping around the edge of the opening.
The beauty here is that, because most outdoor countertops are made from some type of stone, the lid will be heavy enough to press down on the stripping and create a nice, tight seal. The TV stays dry and the rain and debris stay out.
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These three outdoor installs are the standard trio that we recommend to our professionals and DIYers, but they’re by no means the only options you have. Are you the proud owner of an effective outdoor install that’s not listed here? Let us know in the comments section below.