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