What You Should Know About Steel Railings and Gates

Fences and railings add great impression on the outer architecture of a house. Gates provide safety and a barrier from unwanted entries on your garage or space.  If you are planning to install one in your house, whether it's wood or steel railings and gates, there are things you must consider to become durable and quality fences. This includes the materials you're going to use, the purpose of the railings or gate, the size, the design and most especially, the budget.

The width measurement of steel railings and gates depend on the size of your space and according to the distance of your posts. The height is up to you. Just provide a gap of 25mm from the ground and 50mm or more for sloping ground. This is to swing the gates more smoothly when opening and closing, according to some experts.

When it comes to railings of a garden and a home, consider as much as2 meters high without planning permission. Experts suggest that it shouldn't stand above the walls. If you are going to repair existing steel railings and gates, planning permission is not required.

Maintenance of steel railings and gates are different from the wooden ones. Obviously, metal is stronger than woods. You can choose a variety of designs that will match your house's architectural style. You can coat it first with a black primer before using a color of your desire, to avoid rusting and to last longer.

On the other hand, some manufacturers offer a pressure-treated wood that can last for up to 15 years depending on usage and maintenance. However, there are several ways of maintaining an untreated wooden railing or gate. You can use some kinds of oils like Linseed oil that provides protection and additional shine on the wooden gate. It preserves the natural color and beauty of the gate, although this requires times of reapplication.