When you first buy a home, you might care more about your furniture or your home's facade than you do about your front fence. However, there aren't many home components that play as important of a role as that yard enclosure. In addition to protecting your kids and pets, fences can also dress up your property and make the area look polished. Unfortunately, if you don't know a lot about fences, it might be difficult to choose one when you have the chance. My blog is designed to walk you through your fence options, so that you aren't left wondering how to improve your curb appeal.
A railing for your deck is a necessity. However, that fact doesn't mean it has to be strictly utilitarian. In fact, homeowners often choose to use the railing on their deck as a design element. Here are some styles to choose from that will add visual interest to your outdoor living space.
If the scene beyond your deck is a show-stopper, the Landscaping Network suggests opting for a cable rail. With this style, cables are pulled horizontally between wooden or composite posts. The cables, though strong, are thin enough to disappear visually, letting the landscape take center stage.
Metal and Wood
Similar to the look of a cable railing is one constructed of wood and metal. In this case, contractors make frames out of a hardwood such as cedar or pine. The wood is stained and weatherproofed, and metal rods are inserted into the frames. This type of railing works well in a rustic design. However, you could have the wood painted for a more creative look.
Wood is a simple and relatively inexpensive material for deck railings. One way to add style to such a railing is with lattice screens. Such screens provide visual interest to your deck. You can train plants along sections of the lattice to transform it into a living railing. Have the lattice built taller near your cooking station, and you can use it to hang cooking implements. Lattice screens even come in different designs for a more personalized look.
Another type of railing that adds visual interest is one in which the thickness of the rails themselves has been varied. For instance, thick metal posts provide the structure of each rail panel. However, thinner metal spindles run horizontally between these posts. In some cases, an even thinner baluster provides additional anchor for the narrow spindles. This type of railing works well with a modern or industrial style deck.
Metal deck railings don't have to be industrial looking. In fact, you could opt for wrought iron panels for your deck. Even if you don't want to go quite that elaborate in design for your deck, consider one of the other metal railing styles available. Metal is a durable and sturdy material, so manufacturers have numerous design options that are still effective. Metal railings can also be customized with decorative post caps and finials. Deck gates are often constructed of metal, and you could use its design as inspiration for your railing.
Get creative with your railing to add style to your deck. For more tips, contact a company like Bracci Fence Inc.Share
20 August 2015