Friday, 28 November 2008

Everything You Need to Know About Stair Railings

Are you thinking of decorating your home but you do not want to do a lot to it? Are you looking for something which will add a lot of character to your home without having to do a lot of work? If so then stair railings may just be for you.

Stair Railings and Their Many Uses

Stair railings come in extremely handy and they can be used both indoors and outdoors. Outdoors the railings can be used as a safety barrier between the stairs and the floor. It is easy to fall when going up and down stairs so by providing outdoors railings you are protecting both yourself and any visitor which comes to your home.

Indoors stair railings also add a safety feature but they can also look really decorative as well. The only real difference about indoor and outdoor railings is that with indoor ones you can use whichever material you like for them. When they are outside they are exposed to all weathers and that can wear them down or damage them if you have the wrong type of material. Usually the best choice of material for outdoor railings is iron and indoors wooden ones are the most popular.

Wooden indoor railings can create a modern, warm look which are inviting. They can also give the home a slight country feel and you can feel instantly relaxed because of that. Iron and other metal railings can be a little too imposing, especially inside so it is generally better to select wooden ones for in the home.

One of the main things which you need to remember is that no matter which type of railings you are fitting, they need to be measured and fitted properly. If they are measured incorrectly they may not hold a persons weight and they could be potentially dangerous. Obviously this is a big problem so it is vital that you measure the area where they are going and if you are unsure about fitting them yourself, hire a professional to do it for you.

Stair railings can look good both indoors and outdoors and you can purchase them in a number of different materials. Each material has a different look to it and that will affect the overall look of the home when they are used. Always ensure that you purchase ones which match the theme of the home for example do not get modern wooden railings if your home look old fashioned!

Overall choose carefully when looking for stair railings and remember that you can choose whichever material you like indoors but generally iron is better for outdoor use. All railings have the potential to improve the look of your home and though they can also stand out and look odd if you purchase the wrong ones.

Andrew Caxton is a journalist who has written more articles and newsletters on this subject for . You can find more information and resources on stair railings at his website.

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