Whether you’ve just purchased a new deck for your home, or moved into a house with a pre-existing structure, making sure that you have a proper railing system in place is essential. Not only do railings add a beautiful custom look to your deck, they also ensure the safety of everyone who will be enjoying your yard – especially children. There are many options for the type of material you can use on your railings, and this article from Fence Center is meant to offer some helpful pointers and safety regulations you should keep in mind during the construction or remodeling of your deck.
When it comes to customizing the type of materials you would like to use on your deck railings, there is a wide variety of aluminum, steel, and vinyl options on the market today. There are vinyl railings that are designed to offer the elegant look of wood, without the tedious upkeep that can come with yearly staining and sealing. These models are typically 100% vinyl and can often be combined with TiO2 UV inhibitors for a significant boost in both strength and durability.
As for steel and aluminum railings, they have that wrought iron “traditional” look that homeowners use to create a refined look for their property. These materials not only add support and stability to your deck structure, they can be made to be weather resistant as well.
Deck Safety First!
Aside from improving a deck’s appearance, railings also significantly boost the safety of the people who will be enjoying it. Guidelines suggest that the posts on your deck or balcony have gaps no wider than 3 or 4 inches, thus eliminating the possibility of a child getting him/herself stuck or squeezing completely through. Furthermore, guardrails also must be installed on any deck that is more than 30 inches above the ground. Additionally, handrails are recommended for areas that include stairs; the difference between guardrails and handrails is that the latter must be “graspable.” Stairs with four or more risers require a handrail on at least one side for support; this is especially helpful to the elderly, who may lack balance.
Lighting your Space
It is also important to remember proper lighting for your deck. The lights for both your deck’s stairways and landings should be controlled by either motion detection switches or an electrical switch located inside your house; this allows lights to come on automatically when anyone approaches your home, and also gives you the ability to light the area prior to stepping outside.
Decks are a beautiful addition to any home, and proper deck railings can successfully equip your structure with the safety features and stability it needs. Make sure to follow proper installation guidelines when it comes to constructing your railings, and choose the right material for the look you and your family prefer. Call or contact us at Fence Center today to find out which options are right for you!