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Wood Railings for Decks

Wooden railings are always considered the most popular option when it comes to both style and classic design for builders.  While metals and glass ha...


Wooden railings are always considered the most popular option when it comes to both style and classic design for builders.  While metals and glass have refractive and reflective natures, wood has the ability to absorb light and has both a cooling and calming effect.  Both outdoor and indoor wooden railings can have a dramatic impact on the look of the space, stairs or balcony.

If you plan to introduce wooden railings, there are a few key factors to consider including the type of wood you wish to use, how they are to be attached and also how to ensure that they continue to look great for years to come.

Your choice of wood will be determined primarily by the location of your railings.  For indoor use, you have a wide range of different wood varieties to choose from, while external railings will require treated wood types or wood that has a natural resistance to corrosion and pest infestations.

Some of the more popular wood types include Burma teak, Cherry, Red Oak, Walnut, Poplar, Ash and Cedar.  Although some of these wood varieties have a built in resistance to decay and rot, more often than not you will want to treat the wood to prevent the microscopic life forms from making their home in your railings and destroying your beautifully crafted rails over time.

With just a little bit of cleaning as well as the annual wax, buff and polish you will be able to ensure that your railings retain their high gloss finish.  For outdoor railings consider an annual varnish or tint or if you are painting them ensure that the previous year paint is sanded down for an attractive finish that will last for many years to come.

Deck Railing Ideas Part 2


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Wrought Iron Deck Railings

When it comes to durability, you cannot go wrong with wrought iron and they are also somewhat more cost effective than other options such as glass.  Although wrought iron is excellent for locations that experience extremes in weather is it important to note that they can be rather heavy and will require solid bracketing to hold them in place in addition to the weight of a person who may happen to fall against them.  The railings themselves will have no problem dealing with the weight, but they are only as strong as their attachment brackets.

Glass Deck Railings

For a much more sophisticated look, consider glass fronted railing that allow you an unobstructed view when sitting down on the deck, but can cost a small fortune.  The glass that is utilized in the construction of deck railings is extremely tough and can handle virtually any weather conditions but will require careful installation and is not ideal for locations below trees that bear large fruit.

When looking at the various materials to use, take into account what your home looks like so that your deck can feel like an extension of your home rather than a separate structure

Deck Railing Ideas Part 1


When it comes to safety, there are few features on your deck that are as important as you deck railing and finding the right design will ensure that your family is safe from accident as well as adding the right design features to your deck.

Deck railing are of the easiest features to place on your deck and there are numerous deck railing replacement kits and well as instructions on how to install deck railings online which not only help to make your deck safer, but also mean that you can upgrade the style of your deck quickly and easily with little additional expense.  There are various types of railings on the market including the following:-

Wooden Deck Railings

Wood is by far the most popular deck construction material and is very often used for the manufacturing of the railings too.  They are the most cost effective way to get a quality set of railings on your deck and can be made to look extremely attractive.  The only major disadvantage of wooden railings is that they are prone to weather damage in the long run and will require replacement within a few years to ensure the safety of your family.  They need to be checked each and every year to ensure that they are still secure and at the very first sign of damage, will need to be replaced, particularly if your deck is located even a couple of feet above ground level.

Go to part 2 of Deck Railing Ideas for Metal and Glass Railing Ideas