When building or renovating a home, we always think of the large details such as walls, flooring, appliances, etc. Often, we tend to overlook details like interior stairway railings or iron porch railings for the exterior of our home. Railings, whether for the interior or exterior, are very important to the sturdiness and decor of our home.
Railings come in many different styles and materials, depending on where they’ll be used and what the decor of the rest of the home consists of. One of the most important reasons for using a railway is to ensure your safety against an accidental fall. Not only can you be liable and subject to a lawsuit if a guest falls in your home, but you need a railing for your own safety. Railings also enhance the appearance of your home. Stairs will look very plain without some sort of railing. In home interiors, an ornamental railing can add a touch of elegance and grandeur to the aesthetic style of the room. Stairways can be built to complement the architectural styles of the home. A wood winding stairway will add a rustic look to the room. Railings today are very versatile, whether you build them yourself, have them custom built or purchase them assembled.
Iron porch railings are the most commonly used stairway for outdoors. They’re sturdy, attractive and go with almost any exterior home decor. Iron porch railings are also available in different colors, making them even more versatile for the home. Some homeowners choose to use iron porch railings for the interior of their home as well. They make a decorative statement when used as a room divider or stairway in a family room downstairs or in the basement. Whether it’s elegant decorative railings or iron porch railings, safety should be the most important consideration when choosing your railings. This is especially true if you have young children or elderly living in your home, two age groups that are more prone to accidents and slipping.
The most common materials used in the structure of stair railings are wood, steel or wrought iron, although, more elegant homes often use elegant ornate designs created of bronze, brass, copper or other metals that add beauty and elegance o the home. Once you’ve narrowed it down to the material you want, you want to choose a style that goes with the rest of your home as well as your exterior stairway. When your entire interior stair railing is installed, it will appear as one entire piece of furnishing, however, it consists of many small pieces such as wall rail brackets, top rails, bottom rails, newel posts, handrails, balusters and more. The final look should compliment your entire home decor.