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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.