Stairway and Balcony Railing Replacement: What to consider
All stairway and balcony railing has the same purpose: it makes conditions safer for everyone in the area. However, outdoor stairway railing is subject to harsher weather conditions than an indoor residential railing faces and, as such, different materials must be used. In this guide to railing installation, homeowners will learn about design, color, and material options.
For a balcony railing that offers a classic look, wood is an ideal choice. A wooden railing can be stained, finished, or carved to match any home’s decor. Oak, cypress, and pine railings are great for homes in rural areas, but all exterior wood railings should be sealed for protection from heat, precipitation, and UV rays. Weather can have negative effects on a wooden railing’s appearance and damage the wood severely enough to make replacement necessary.
Metal Stair and Balcony Railings
If a homeowner values durability, low maintenance, and strength, metal railings are a worthy consideration. When a stairway and balcony railing is made of metal, it can be painted to match the exterior of the home. While some railings are relatively simple, ornamental railings are molded into the customer’s chosen design. Wrought iron railings lend an elegant, classic look and, because the rods are hollow, the railing has a lighter, more delicate feel.
Stone, Granite, and Marble Railings
Balcony and stair rails made of stone offer a classic appeal in any setting. However, marble, granite, and other types of stone are so heavy that professional installation is required to prevent cracking, breaking, and other damage. Stone railings need special fasteners to hold them in the proper position.
Aluminum, Fiberglass and Vinyl Railings
For cost-efficient stair and balcony rails, a homeowner can choose those made of aluminum, fiberglass, or vinyl. Although fiberglass and PVC railings can stand up to harsh climates, they don’t offer the classic appeal and beautiful appearance of some of the other options on this list.
While most homeowners don’t give much thought to the railings they use each day, it’s important to replace them when they show signs of deterioration. By considering the options listed here, homeowners can select the right railings for any purpose.