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Having a new deck railing installed can be an exciting addition to your deck. Along with the durability of today’s railings, the colour of the railing is probably one of your key considerations to decide.

Outdoor railing

 

Today’s railings are not only stylish and strong; they come in many different colour choices for you to choose from. They have exceptional resistance to stains, moisture, UV rays, decay and colours designed to complement almost any architecture or design aesthetic. So how do you choose the ideal colour for your railing?

Chosen Material

Before you pick a colour, decide on your chosen railing material first. This will affect your colour options and availability. Vinyl and aluminum will all take on a different tone, and some have powder coating finishes that will affect the colour as well.

Not all rail styles are available in all colours, so keep that in mind if the colour is your most important feature. Some systems have components that can be mixed and matched to achieve a custom look. You may even consider choosing a colour or multiple colours to match or contrast with features on or around the home.

Visual Effect

Another decision to be made is whether you want the railing to blend with the surrounding or contrast with it. Take a look around to see what features you want to enhance and call attention to such as the deck, trees, plants, walking paths, etc. Do you want your railing to be the predominant feature or blend in with the scenery? Also keep in mind that the darker the colour of the railing, the clearer the view through the railing.

Lighting

As with the inside of your home décor, outside lighting will greatly affect the appearance of your railing’s colour.  Before you make any decisions on colour, examine the railing swatches throughout the day into the evening. You want to see how it looks in various exterior conditions such as dawn, bright sunlight, under clouds, sunset and evening. By taking time to do this exercise, you will get a better sense of what colour you want for the railing.

Colour Preference

There are many colours to choose among, but many homeowners tend to stay with basics. Here are some examples of why.

  • White looks especially striking in coastal settings or against a home with crisp, white trim. If you’re adding a railing to a front porch, this classic white is a can’t-miss choice.
  • Black provides the perfect balance of traditional styling and contemporary flair. Just as a touch of black works with almost any décor, black railing works well with almost any home exterior: brick, stucco, cedar shakes or shingles, as well as fibre-cement or vinyl siding.
  • Brown is perfect for those who appreciate a darker colour railing but don’t want black. If your lot is heavily wooded, then you might like the idea of your rail blending seamlessly with the surroundings.

Your Choice

In the end, the choice is yours for choosing the railing colour. Take a bit of time and do a bit of investigating because this is a long-term decision that affects the look of your home and outside surroundings.

 

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Your outdoor space never gets as much use as it does during these warm and often hot summer months. While keeping your outdoor environment on trend might be important, keeping it safe should be your first consideration. There are so many things we can do to ensure our front and back yards are safe environments. Railings go a long way in keeping our loved ones secure while enjoying that outdoor oasis.

Outdoor Dark Aluminum and Glass Railing

 

In your search for the perfect railing, consider what the railing is for. If safety is a factor, ensure you consult your local by-laws. Railings may be required. The height and dimensions of any railing you might choose will likely be dictated by local by-laws. Balcony railings will need to follow certain height requirements and will also have any rungs spaced appropriately to ensure safety. Hand rails are always best in twos and will need to be installed at just the right height to ensure their effectiveness. The same goes for any staircase railings. Once you can be assured that the safety element has been addressed, go ahead and make those decisions that will determine the style and cost of your railing project.

Railing Types

The volume of choices out there may be mind boggling. It’s important to know your options but equally as important is to have a design in mind. Some of your options include:

Wrought Iron Railings

Wrought iron railings can be purchased as a kit or uniquely custom made. Wrought iron railings allow you to turn what might otherwise be a basic backyard deck or patio into something personalized to your taste.

Aluminum Railings

More durable than wood or vinyl, aluminum railings are lightweight and low maintenance.

Vinyl Railings

Not only the top choice for railings, vinyl is fast becoming the popular choice for fencing as well. Vinyl railings are durable and are virtually maintenance free. However, vinyl railings have been known to squeak during movement.

Pressure Treated Railings

Pressure treated railings are common, which is why many outdoor structures are still made of pressure treated wood. They are economical to build but can cost money throughout the lifetime of the product as maintenance is ongoing.

Cedar Railings

Cedar railings are beautiful and are often used in combination with other materials for railings. Similar to other wood options, cedar railings will require maintenance throughout the years. Exotic woods fall into this category as well.

PVC Railings

Often confused with vinyl, PVC is not the same material. They are similar but it is important to know which you are investing in. The way they are maintained can differ. PVC is among the most affordable materials to work with for railings and a plethora of other outdoor projects.

Cable railings

These come in kits generally and add amazing design quality to any railings system. Used in combination with other materials, cable railings can open up space and provide better views.

Glass Railings

Similar to cable railings, glass railings create a safe environment without restricting your view. They will require regular cleaning because of fingerprints etc. but glass is durable and won’t wear over the years.

The railings you choose for your outdoor project might involve using more than one material.  A combination railing system will add dimension and interest to any outdoor project.

Railings can add safety, function, and design quality. Finding the right rail for your project and space can be tricky, and mistakes can be costly. Getting to know your options, bylaws, and preferences, all while staying in budget, is far from impossible. Choosing and installing the ideal railing might be difficult if you’re looking at completing the task yourself. Contact our team of experts and Jans Awning Products today and we will be able to help you choose the ideal railing for your outdoor space and install them professionally.

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Slips and falls during the winter are a real hazard. Though taking a tumble under an ice-covered surface always catches us by surprise, being prepared for such a hazard can be as simple as a great railing. When your loved one isn’t available, let your railing catch you when you fall.

Railings on porch and steps

 

One in three seniors will experience a fall this winter. 40% of those seniors who fall this winter will suffer a hip fracture. People are more likely to experience falls at a home more than any other location. Don’t let it be at your home.

Why do falls happen?

Most falls occur while walking down stairs. Having a good solid railing in place greatly reduces the chances of falling. There are many reasons why falls occur:

  • Reduced vision and hearing
  • Poor balance
  • Unsafe conditions
  • Deceased muscle and bone strength
  • Lack of coordination

If your front step doesn’t have a railing, now is the time to install one. There is no need to wait for that new deck or porch. Retro-fitting a railing will protect your family and friends, and the mailman will thank you.

Railings should be set at a specific height and be securely fastened to prevent instability and possible injury. Outdoor railings differ from those installed indoors. An outdoor railing must be able to endure the extreme temperatures and ice and snow that the Southern Ontario winter brings. A good railing, properly installed will provide you with years of maintenance-free reliability.

Installing a railing to your existing steps or walkway is best left to the professionals. Railings come in a multitude of shapes, sizes, colours, and materials. Your new railing might be made of cast iron, aluminum or might include glass. The professionals will offer a wide variety of railings to fix any situation or design preference. A great railing should be installed to protect from accidents, but that doesn’t mean it can’t look great as well. Railings should add character and design quality to your home or business. A railing can accent your patio or walkway and add visual appeal to your outdoor space.

In addition to having a railing system in place when the nasty weather rolls in, an even surface and good lighting will go a long way in preventing falls. While two handrails are optimal, having at least one well-installed quality railing will increase safety during the winter months.

Our professional staff is dedicated to creating new and exceptional solutions for your outdoor living space, and will assist you in choosing the proper railing products to enhance your home.

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Not only are railings an essential safety feature for your home or business, but they also add personality! We love to consider railings as the final touch on your already gorgeous home. With so many different styles available, you can customize your safety features to meld seamlessly into your home.

Glass Panelled Railings

JANS’ Quality Material

Did you know that all of the railings made by JANS Awning Products are made from aluminum and cast aluminum? So not only will they look great, but they will also be rust free, and maintenance free for years to come! Not only are the railings themselves made from the best quality of materials, but so are all of the fasteners. By using stainless steel fasteners, we can guarantee that your railing is going to look brand new for years to come.

Glass Panelled Railings

From 20th floor condos to suburban backyards, glass panelled railings are a safe, versatile, and beautiful design choice. Living in a condo often means that your access to the great outdoors is just a little bit further away. While rooftop patios and outdoor recreation are always close by, there’s nothing like enjoying a relaxing afternoon on your very own balcony. Glass panelled railings allow you to extend the look of your balcony without adding extra space.

Each of our glass panelled railings have been tested by our engineers to ensure they surpass the requirements of the Ontario building code. JANS’ glass panelled railings blend expertly into a wide variety of home styles. Whether you are looking for the perfect railing to add to your second floor deck, or around your outdoor kitchen, glass panelled railings lend an effortlessly sophisticated effect. JANS Awning Products offers glass panelled railings in a wide variety of colours and finishes.

Double Bar Railings

At JANS Awning Products, we take the traditional double bar railings and add contemporary, quality materials and craftsmanship. The benefit of double bar railings is their versatility. Unlike glass panelled railings, double bar railings are capable of adapting to more uniquely sized spaces. We love using double bar railings on winding staircases, and curved steps leading towards front doors. Within the double bar railing category, there are a huge amount of varieties. Ornate mouldings, intricate designs, bowed spindles, and more. Each and every one of our railings can be customized to suit your space and design preferences.

JANS’ Patio Railings

Your patio is one of your favourite places to spend time. It’s where your family and your friends get together to soak up what remains of the summer! At JANS Awning Products, we know how important it is to keep everyone safe while they spend time outdoors. Our glass panelled and double bar railings, are made from durable aluminum alloy and will get the job done. Whether you are looking to enclose a small space or a large space, our sophisticated railings are expertly crafted, installed, and are virtually maintenance free! So all you have to do is fire up the barbecue.

To learn more about our railings and services, contact us today!