Thursday, March 26, 2015

How to order and install custom deck railing

Ordering and installing aluminum deck railing yourself is actually very simple. Follow the steps bellow and you will be well on your way to have that beautiful addition to your home or office.

The first step is knowing what type of railing you will need. There are different types of railings for different reasons.

  • Some railings are designed for aesthetics only and these railings are typically referred to as "Faux" balcony rails. They are used to add that touch of elegance over a window or door and even are applied over reveals on building structures.
  • False Balcony Rails are very similar to "Faux" balcony railing in that they typically are installed in front of a window or door that is accessible. Because it is accessible False Balcony Rails must meet all code requirements.
  • Deck and Balcony Railings serve a safety purpose as well as adding that finishing touch of design to your structure. Deck and Balcony Railings need to meet all code requirements.
  • True Balconies or "Self Supporting Balconies" are used as a complete and usable system. These balcony systems typically come complete with the deck or flooring as well as the railing and frame that will attach to your structure. These type of railing systems really offer a lot of flexibility to Architects and home or business owners by allowing them to install a usable balcony at a lower cost. The installation of True Balconies require experienced craftsmen.

The 2nd step is to decide on the design of your railing. You may search the web in order to locate the design that would like. I would recommend Southeastern Ornamental Iron Co, Inc. You will find a lot of Deck Railing images on there site.

The 3rd step is knowing your local codes and requirements. You can find out the information you need by calling your local building department. You may also search the Internet to locate the code requirements for your area although, it is a safer bet to call the building department.

Once you have determined all of the above, you are ready to start the measuring process.

The 4th step is acquiring measurements. I recommend getting a rough measurement at the beginning unless you are absolutely sure you will be purchasing the new railings. When taking the rough or detailed measurements, make sure to provide the number of openings as this can change the cost of the railings due to the number of posts that may be required. You may want to use measuring guides to assist you in this process. You can find them here: "Measuring Guides". Just look under the heading "How to Measure"

The 5th step is to find a company that can offer you this service. Make sure the company that you select is prepared to provide you with detailed to scale drawings and will work with you to ensure that you are getting the exact railing system you want. Also make sure to let the company know if you project is in a salt air environment. This is very important, Railings must be finished with the proper coatings in order to give you a long and maintenance free product.

I hope this has helped you in taking that step towards your new railing purchase.

Bobby Green

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