If you are planning a remodelling project or if you are building a home, you will need to decide on railing at some point. Whether stairs or a deck, the railing has more than one function. It has an aesthetic appeal and it is essential for safety purposes. Today there are a number of materials available for railings. From vinyl, wood to aluminium railing – take your pick.
Before you decide, keep in mind the following factors:
Material: Railings can be made of a number of materials. Do a little research to find what is available around you or what your builder can source. Every material comes with some pros and cons. Some may look good, while some other will have a greater durability. However, most railing material is treated this day to enhance its advantages and reduce the disadvantages. When it comes to deck railings, it is a good idea to ensure weather resistant material since these will be exposed to sun, rain and humidity. In addition, get a sturdy railing to ensure maximum safety.
Privacy: Many of us are quite touchy about our privacy. For railings within the house this point is irrelevant. However, for deck and terrace railings, this may well be the deciding factor. Here, the position will also decide your choice. If the terrace overlooks a public street or somebody’s house, you may want to ensure maximum privacy. You can get railings that completely obstruct the view like wooden slats or a concrete wall. However, the best option is to get screens. They are perfectly opaque, while giving your space a light, airy feeling. You can combine it with different material like wooden insert aluminium or iron.
Aesthetic appeal: An important criterion when selecting the material is ensuring its aesthetic appeal. One can get beautifully worked railings today for a range of materials. For instance, aluminium railing considered too utilitarian some time ago, now comes in many options, such as powder-coated or with wooden inserts to enhance its appeal. Even screens today are beautifully patterned. You can add trailing vines for a natural, green look.
Budget: Like any remodelling project, money matters. How much you are willing to spend will ultimately decide many of your crucial decisions. However, you need not spend the earth for the best. Many of the durable and workable materials today are fairly affordable. You can get iron or aluminium which is quite cheap. Combine them with double-glazed screens or wooden inserts for a classy touch which won’t be too heavy on your pocket.
Style: Although one often forgets this important point, it is a crucial factor when deciding on your railings. In the end it must go with your house. A railing out of sync with the rest of the house style will be an eyesore. With an antique-styled house an intricately-worked railing such as a lace-style will go very well. A modern-style house will go better with a cleaner and sparse design.
Time: There may also be time constraints. Certain railings are quicker to put up than others. Getting customised railing, as opposed to ready made railing, will again take more time.
When it comes to material for your railing the choice is wide and varied. Keep in mind to factor in our points before you make a decision.