When building a deck or balcony, railing design is often left as an afterthought. After all, people think that anyone can slap together a railing, but it’s a much more complicated process. Falls account for more than 13,000 deaths every year, making them the second leading accidental cause of death in the country. Around your home, a properly constructed railing is sometimes the only thing keeping you or your family from becoming part of an ominous statistic.
Hire a Professional for Quality Results
Though installation of a railing can be accomplished by an inexperienced homeowner, consider hiring a railing contractor for your next project. The importance of a well-built railing goes beyond safety. A sturdy railing can be attractive and help preserve the life of your deck.
Consider Options Other than Wood
Wood is an obvious choice for railings, but it is the least durable of materials available. Wood’s amenability to the DIY homeowner drives its popularity. However, professional installers draw from a variety of materials other than wood, such as metal, glass, and steel cable—all more difficult to construct, but longer lasting than wood while lending a more distinctive look.
Let a Professional Worry about Code Compliance
Professional installation will ensure your deck or balcony is code compliant and safe. Strict standards govern almost every dimension of a railing. From railing height to the distance between balusters, each measurement is designed to maximize safety. A good contractor will know every requirement and incorporate them into the design.
Some things are worth trying to do yourself. Building a railing is normally not one of them. For projects that can mean the difference between life and death, hire an experienced professional. Leave yourself in a position to enjoy your deck, not to be consumed by worry every time someone leans against your DIY railing.