As the weather gets colder and the precipitation turns icier, it’s a good time to point out that railings are more than just decorative. Of course, railings can and should look beautiful against your home, increasing your home’s curb appeal and making you love your home’s exterior. But railings are even more about function than they are about form. In fact, you are legally required to have a railing on steps and surfaces above a certain height. No matter what kind of railing you have, it will prove valuable for safety, especially during inclement weather like the kind we get in the coldest months of the year. Here are just a few reasons why railings in the winter are especially important. 1. Stairs May Become Slippery Whenever there is wet weather, the steps leading up to your home or back deck can become slippery, but especially in the winter. Snow, ice, or the wintry mix we sometimes get can make those stairs treacherous, especially for young children and the elderly who may already be unstead on their feet. Railings provide a crucial handhold when the stairs are slippery and difficult to climb safely. 2. Keep Items Secure on a Windy […]
With the holidays on the horizon, you may be wondering how to decorate your fence for the holidays. Especially if you have a fence that goes around a large part of your property, it’s a great canvas for displaying decorations and dressing your property up for the season. That said, you want to make sure you use decorations that will survive the wet and windy weather that tends to crop up during that transition between fall and winter. Here are a few decorating tips and ideas for your fence or railing for the holiday season. 1. Holiday Lights Holiday lights are always fun and look beautiful outdoors around your fence posts, but you need to make sure you have a way to plug them in. Check for the location of your outdoor outlets to see if you need an extension cord. You also want to ensure that, if you do need an extension cord, it does not cut into walkways or any area where it can trip people up or become a danger. There are also lights that are battery operated and don’t need to be plugged in at all, which is an option if they last long enough for […]
There are many different kinds of railings in a variety of materials and styles, so you may be surprised at how many options you can choose from. We put together this list of questions to ask yourself to help you choose the perfect railing for your home and simplify this part of the process.
If you are thinking of putting in a fence on your property, you may be wondering what fence height makes the most sense.