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Use Exterior Handrails for No More Household Woes

By James Allen Subscribe to RSS | May 12th 2012 | Views:

When we think of lovely houses for ourselves and our dear ones, we imagine the perfect entrance and the elegant backyards as well. And these would be incomplete with a proper stairways and exterior handrails. Generally, the first image that comes to mind for exterior handrails is when they are attached to two posts and are used to ascend or descend stairs entering a porch or deck. However, handrails may also be attached to a side wall along an exterior staircase. These handrails are not only built to appeal to the visual sense but also for safety measures. We often have little children or elderly people at our places and these exterior handrails are of great benefit to them at times. For older people they act as a support structure while climbing or descending stairs whereas for kids it acts as a safety measure.

These handrails come in various forms and are made out of different materials. While some handrails are made out of wood, some are also made out of aluminium. Nowadays there are also exterior handrails that are made out of wrought iron. Wood railings give homes a solid, outdoorsy feel that looks good with almost every type of home style. Wood is generally inexpensive as railing material. Wood is also biodegradable and recyclable. You can finish wood in a variety of colors, from bright colors to soft, natural stains. Aluminum is a lightweight metal that will not rust in exterior environments. It is a very strong material that lasts for decades. It does not require periodic maintenance beyond washing. Aluminum can work into many attractive designs that enhance the look of a home's exterior. It can be coated with durable coatings that come in a wide variety of colors and textures. Even the light in weight wrought iron is a sought after material these days for when it comes to exterior handrails as it is, as afore mentioned, light in weight, easy to maintain and very affordable.

Today there are a wide variety of designs, colors, textures and materials available that, depending on your budget and style, can provide an exciting and opulent feel to just about any home or office and can accentuate and enliven any staircase. One should take into account the different types of designs, architecture of the house and lifestyle of the owners when choosing and installing stair railings.

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