The grace and comfort of a home are no longer defined by four walls. Addition of gardens, yards, porches and decks to your outdoor living spaces not only enhances the look of your home but makes it functional when you are looking for some fresh air. Decks are an awesome addition to your home. But when you want to transform the appearance of your deck, equip it with a railing system. Installation of a wood, stainless steel or aluminium railing system on your deck not only restores the elegance of your home but the surroundings too.
Though railing products are designed to ensure long-lasting performance and integrity over a period of time, how you get them installed will define how functional and safe a railing system is to your home. In general, safety is the first and foremost condition in choosing the deck railing system. Whatever you are thinking of, be it wood, stainless steel or aluminium deck railing systems, before you start the deck railing project, make sure that you are aware of all applicable code requirements.
These may vary from state to state, but principally are as the following:
Baluster Spacing – The opening between balusters (short columns used in a group to support a railing system) must not be less than 4 inches for residential purpose and 2 inches for commercial.
Railing Height – This can vary from state to state and city to city. But the common minimum height must be 36 inches from the deck surface to the top of your railing system. Contact a professional for specifications regarding your railing project.
How to Choose Right Railing System?
The handyman you hire to get your aluminium railing system installed is able to tackle any type of railing system without any difficulty. But for a homeowner who is new to a railing project it would be a great advantage if he/she acquires some knowledge beforehand about the key elements of the railing system, e.g., style and architecture, location (coastal or inland) and maintenance essential components such as balusters size, and connectors, posts, frames and blocks.
Exposure to salty air and salty water can damage the appearance of your railing system and its function if you are living in a coastal region. So being aware of the elements can help you choose the right railing system like an aluminum railing that can resist rust and corrosion.
Author’s Bio: The author is an avid writer. The article explains how to ensure safety in a railing system.