A railing is a finishing aspect of many outdoor spaces that adds an element of design while focusing on the key feature of safety. Whether you’re enclosing the area around your pool deck or simply finishing the veranda you have always wanted, a steel railing is capable of tying the whole space together, complementing the look and ensuring protection. As the preferred choice for many homeowners, this durable material is offered with a powder coating that comes in several natural and monochromatic colours. It is also a rust-free material, standing up to harsh weather conditions and retaining its structure and appeal for years to come.
At Ideal Fence, we leverage our experience with perimeter fencing to provide complete steel railing installations in an efficient, timely manner, allowing you to get back to the things that matter most — enjoying your outdoor space!
Versatility, Style, and Security
Steel is frequently used as a metal in many building materials. It is malleable and can be readily moulded into shapes suitable for railings. Steel can also be flattened to be used in various items like cans and foil. This versatility is part of the appeal, as the metal can be applied to different styles of railing that complement the space in question.
Often powder coated, the colour of a steel railing can bring out the contrast or fit seamlessly along your concrete porch or wooden deck. It can also be combined with other materials, such as a wood railing topper, or cable connections between posts, to further the design elements. Ultimately, you are choosing to install a railing for its safety and security. Steel is a sturdy option that does neither warp nor bend, keeping your guests protected from the edge of your elevated space and looking great while doing so.
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The Pros and Cons of Steel Railings
With this material, in particular, the pros far outweigh the cons. Steel railing installation is easily completed in a day, as the pieces in each kit are prefabricated and readily align together. This is in part because it is so lightweight. When comparing this metal to others, such as steel versus a steel deck railing, the former is approximately three times lighter. However, this doesn’t mean it compromises on strength or durability.
Steel is used to make numerous accessible items and can be made thin and pliable, but it can also be enforced to take on more robust applications. It can be used in a variety of construction purposes including door and window frames as well as external applications. Extreme heat, wet weather, and even freezing temperatures have next to no impact on it. Steel is also insect-proof, meaning that no matter the conditions where your property is, it will hold up. A worthy investment, it will last for decades without losing its shape or functionality.
How much maintenance does an steel railing need?
One of the difficulties that can come with other types of railings is a continual need for maintenance. Because of the powder coating, this barrier will never need a paint touch-up. A steel railing simply needs a rinse now and then with your hose. It’s likely close enough to your gardens that you don’t even have to go out of your way to give it a quick rinse.
Is an steel railing eco-friendly?
In addition to all the other benefits of this metal, it is also one of the few that can be continuously recycled. In fact, your steel railing may already contain some recycled materials. When it is time for replacement, ensure your railing is disposed of correctly and it will be refined so that it can be reused.
When will the railing need to be replaced?
Thanks to its strength and durability, a steel railing system can last for approximately 20 years. Some warning signs that it needs to be replaced include chipped paint, wobbling, and fence bars coming loose or pulling away from the main structure.
At Ideal Fence, we are residential and commercial clients’ go-to installers for steel railings in Ottawa. Our expertise is unmatched, and we stand behind our craftsmanship as a part of our commitment to ensuring our customers receive professional service that uses the best materials available. Considering steel fence installation on your property? Contact us today.