If you are a homeowner or a contractor, it’s important that you consider installing a safe and pleasing deck railing.
Why You Should Install a Railing
There are plenty of benefits that come with installing deck railings in your home. Some of these advantages include:
This is the most obvious one. When you install a railing you protect yourself and family members from falling off the deck. Building codes establish the safety standards that deck railing should meet but they don’t guarantee that railings comply with them. Your concern needs to be is safety, not code compliance. The question you should ask about railings is not just whether they are ‘built to code,’ but whether they provide the safety a particular deck needs, given where it is located and how it is used.
Deck railing systems come in different styles and designs. Being sure to get the right railing system installed on your deck could be the difference between loving and hating it. The most sturdy, modern, weatherproof, and beautiful kind of railing you could go for is a metal deck railing (stainless steel).
Meeting local building codes
The building codes of your city or state establish the minimum safety standards that deck railing should meet but don't necessarily guarantee that railings comply with the standards. You need to remember to look at how the deck railing is mounted and understand that the railing might be safe and meet the code requirements but how they are mounted is as important as the railing themselves.
Things to Think About When Installing Deck Railing
As you have seen, there are plenty of reasons why you should consider installing a deck railing in your home. To end up with a railing you are happy about, you need to consider a number of things.
Some of these things include:
Deck Railing Material
You can use various types of material for railing posts. Some of the most common are wood, aluminum, and stainless steel. For the infill, you can use materials such as cable, glass, or stainless steel bars. Each of these materials comes with its pros and cons and can be ideal in different situations. For example, the glass railing looks great and provides you with an unobstructed view, however, it wouldn’t be ideal to use it in an area close to lawn sprinklers.
Another thing to think about is your area of residence. You should note that different areas have different construction codes. If you don’t comply with the codes, you will be violating the county laws. To ensure that you aren’t on the wrong side of the law take your time to familiarize yourself with your city building codes. Your location also determines the type of railing you should install. If you live in a beach town or somewhere with plenty of salt water or salty air, you need a railing system that won’t get damaged.
Ease of Maintenance
How easy is it to maintain the railing system you are looking to install? Stainless steel posts are usually easy to clean and maintain. Obviously, cable railing infill is easier to clean than a glass infill.
Always plan your deck railing while planning your deck that way you can make the best design choices. And of course, make sure that the railing meets your local building code. For ideal results, invest in high-quality materials. Use a professional to help with the design and an experienced contractor when installs you railing.