Options to consider when buying deck railing
When you have a deck, to protect your family, and improve its look and privacy, it's wise that you install a deck railing.
Deck railing options
There are plenty of deck railing options that you can go with. The most common being:
Glass: Glass railing is exquisite as it gives your deck an elegant and beautiful look. Keep in mind that it’s usually expensive to install. It also tends to be easily damaged especially when you mishandle it during the installation.
You can go around this problem by using tempered, shatterproof safety glass. Installing the unit requires expertise thus you should always hire a professional to help you out. To keep your glass railing looking great you need to regularly clean it every few months depending on the weather condition in your area.
Cable railing: Cable railing is made from a wide range of materials ranging from steel, wood, aluminum, and composites. The railing systems are an excellent way to open up your deck and at the same time give the deck an elegant finish. If you have the skills, you can install the units on your own, but if you have never done it before, let a professional handle the project. Cable railing is more affordable than glass railing.
Wood: Wood railings can be very expensive or too cheap depending on the material used in fabricating them. If you are operating on a tight budget, go for pressure-treated wood. For a high-end look that will last for a long time, go for railing units made from tropical hardwoods. To improve the look of your wood railing you should install it in exciting designs such as Craftsman and Chippendale.
Metal: Metal deck railing can be made from different types of metal, but the most commonly used are stainless steel or powder-coated aluminum. In general metal railing is sturdier than wood and will last longer.
Tips to consider when installing the railing materials
To get the most of the deck railing, you need to consider a number of factors when installing it. Some of these factors include:
Contractor: It’s always wise to hire a contractor to install the units for you. For a great experience, hire the most experienced contractor that you can afford. If you don’t want to hire a contractor, go with railing systems that are easy to install, and you can install them on your own. These include: wood, cable and many other materials.
Building codes: Did you know that the municipal council can bring down your deck railing if you install it improperly? To avoid this, you need to install the railing properly. As rule of thumb, you should get a building permit if your deck is more than 24 inches off the ground. If installing cable railing, ensure that the rails are no more than 4 inches apart. This is to prevent children from slipping through. A call to the city will save you problems in the future. Keep in ming that local building codes supersede State or national code.
This is what you need to know about deck railing. While some materials are easy to install and you can install them on your own, it’s advisable to hire an experienced professional to help you with the project.