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Hot new trends in deck railing ideas for your home
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The Hottest & Freshest Deck Railing Ideas
Railings are the finishing touch of your deck.
If you want to entertain guests, railings with tiny lanterns or intricate metal designs among the rails would be worth your while.
In the old days, decks were generally for storing wood and the barbecue - kind of a weekend enjoyment and work spot for families. Those days have passed. Now, a deck can often mean an outdoor entertainment oasis and your railings will add ambiance to whatever mood you are trying to create.
In choosing a deck railing for your new deck, keep in mind that they have a dual purpose – safety and attractiveness. Beyond a doubt, one of the most visible aspects of your new deck is your deck railing. Over the past ten years, many new creative deck railing ideas have been conceived. Nowadays, it's possible to enjoy deck railings made of glass, aluminum, and composite materials, as well as the traditional wood and steel designs.
Since deck railings are definitely an eye-catcher, it's wise to check your options thoroughly before making a final decision. Deck railings can cost anywhere between $15 to $125 per linear foot. They tend to be one of the more expensive components of new deck construction, but a meaningful part, a little bit like the frosting on the cake.
Depending on your price range and preferences, there is really something for everyone.
The good news is that most railing systems are sold in do-it-yourself kits with good directions, geared to the average homeowner. They are generally fairly easy to assemble.
Cable railings give a woven, basket-weave appearance of openness and yet are even safer than traditional railings due to the fact that the fibers are both horizantal and vertical, not just vertical. This would be an excellent choice for families with toddlers in the house.
Composites can also be beautiful, as shown in the picture. Constructed of plastic and recycled wood, they are typically more expensive than wood but are well-loved for their nearly no-maintenance feature. Many are known to not fade in color nor decay, and are insect repellant. Only mold can be a problem, so a wise homeowner should read and compare warranties on similar products. Incidentally, warranties on composite wood materials can last as long as 20-25 years.
Other deck railing ideas to hit the market are those of glass and aluminum. Glass railings like those shown in the photo are a great in a view location. They may be best for adult use, since a child may accidentally walk into them.
Aluminum is known for its coolness, ease of cutting, lightness and easy installation. It was estimated as being seven times more expensive than wood! But everything has its price.....
In choosing a a good railing design, find one that you can live with, preferably low maintenance and not overly expensive, and enjoy your deck in comfort and class. The railings should be either very classic, something that you'll never get tired of, or a fantastically interesting design, a little like falling in love for life. With a price estimate in mind, or percentage of total cost ratio, try to find something both practical and appealing. Thankfully, there are an increasing number of options to choose from!
Of the seven railings shown, what is your favorite?
Will you choose Railing #1, #2, or #3?
The quality of your life can be greatly enhanced by providing an outdoor place to eat, gaze at a lovely sunset, or just take a breath of fresh air. A railed edge gives security for kids and adults alike.
© 2011 Anastasia Kingsley