Types of Railing For Your Home
If you own a home in the Torrance, California, area, you may be thinking about installing railing to offset your patio or deck. You may want to ensure that your family and pets are protected from slipping down steep embankments with a sturdy fence surrounding your property. Or your deck might have a staircase that leads down to a patio. When choosing patio railing for any of these applications, it’s important to consider many factors.
If the rail is functional and is used to grip while traversing a flight of stairs, you’ll want to ensure that it’s comfortable to hold and provide some degree of resistance for gripping. If your railing is exposed to the extremes of weather, you’ll want to ensure that the material used is high-performance and doesn’t require a lot of maintenance.
Another thing to consider when choosing fencing and railing is the view they may be occluding. A glass railing that provides functional safety but also allows the beauty of your surroundings to show through may work better than solid panels. On the other hand, if privacy is a concern, you may want to choose a tight semi-solid iron pattern fence.
Patio Railing Can Increase Property Value.
New patio railings can add style and function to your home while greatly increasing the perceived value. Besides functioning as a safety feature, you can new features to your deck and patio railing, including what’s referred to as a “cocktail railing.” This feature is accomplished by using a deck board as a top rail to create a flat surface that’s big enough to place a drink or a plate on. Regardless of if you are a homeowner who entertains, this feature will be a hit and is sure to increase the value of your home.
Why Choose Us For Rails and Fencing?
When it comes to choosing a company to install your rails and fencing, we understand that you have options. You can buy the material and install it yourself, or you could rely on one of the big box stores to send out a contractor. Rather than deciding on either of the above options, we suggest that you call G & G Garage when you need fencing and rails.
We understand that just because a business has been in operation for more than 35 years, it doesn’t necessarily mean that they have integrity and do a good job. So rather than relying on our longevity to convince you that we’re the best choice, we ask that you saunter on over to our Google Business Listing and read a few of the more than 900 5-star reviews.
Still not convinced?
Consider this. Attempting to install your own fencing and rails can come with major headaches. Not only must you purchase or rent the necessary tools, but you’ll also need a detailed understanding of construction, math, and carpentry. And, even if you do possess the wherewithal to complete the project, haven’t you better things to do with your time?
Lastly, railing sometimes functions as a safety measure, and if installed improperly, it can pose serious danger to your family and visitors. Rather than placing their safety in the hands of unvetted and inexperienced contractors from one of the big box stores, trust a local hometown railing expert. G & G Garage Door.
Types Of Railings To Choose From
While costing more than other types of railings, glass rails have become quite fashionable in upscale homes both inside and out. While glass might seem to be a more fragile rail option, the reality is glass is much stronger than you might think. Whether opaque, transparent, frosted or etched, glass rails make a statement and provide elegance anywhere they’re installed.
One of the most popular rail materials available is steel. Steel railings may cost a little more than other types of materials, but the upsides to steel include the fact that it is strong, stands up to punishment, and can last a lifetime. The downside to steel rails is that unless you opt for stainless steel at a higher price, steel will require more maintenance as it rusts.
Wrought Iron Railings
The beauty of wrought iron lies in its malleable nature. Wrought iron can be molded into any number of custom shapes, which allows for a wide range of rail designs. Wrought iron can last hundreds of years, but the cost may be quite prohibitive as it can be twice as much or more than other rail materials depending on the craftsmanship and detail required.
How often you must clean your rails and fences will depend on how often the handrails are used and the type of material your rails are made of. Outdoor handrails will be exposed to dust, rain, sun, birds, and other debris and will need to be cleaned once or twice per year. Usually, soap and water and a soft scrub brush will do the trick, preferably on a warm day, so that the water will evaporate quickly. And while indoor handrails don’t receive nearly as much abuse as outdoor handrails, you’ll want to clean and disinfect them on a weekly or biweekly basis. If you use any cleaning solution at all to clean your railings, choose a mild soap and ensure that you rinse the soap thoroughly so that it doesn’t build up over time and attract more dirt and debris to it. Some chemicals to avoid include but aren’t limited to, Acetone, Mineral Spirits, Acids, Chlorine, Bleach, Toilet Bowl Cleaner, and Paint Thinner. If you have iron rails that begin to show signs of rusting, your best bet is to get on it quickly. You can take a piece of sandpaper and scrub it off and then clean the railing using soap and water and dry it with a cloth. To prevent rust from occurring, you can use furniture polish or car wax after you’ve removed the rust and then go back and buff it with a cloth later. Regular maintenance can be somewhat time-consuming, especially with outdoor railings. Contact G & G Garage Door for all your gate installationGates, railing installation, and fencing installation needs.