Regardless of whether your outdoor living space is an expansive deck overlooking a cool mountain lake or a small terrace above the garden, you want to enjoy as much of the view as possible. You can accomplish this by replacing old wooden deck railings with new designs that will maximize your view and enhance the look of your home.
While the standard redwood railing and baluster system may work for you there are other options.
• Glass is a relatively new material being used in hardscape design and there are several ways to utilize it.
o Solid tempered glass panels will open up your outdoor space and allow you to see as much of the view as possible. These panels can be supported by modern materials such as stainless steel for a crisp, streamlined look or combined with wood for an eclectic look. A clear glass panel provides the best view but bronze and smoked glass is also available. Regular cleaning of these panels is necessary in order to enjoy your beautiful view.
o Glass balusters are small panes of glass set into a railing system like regular wood or iron balusters. They provide a clean and modern look without having to use solid glass panels. They, too, are tempered for safety and allow you to enjoy an unobstructed view.
• Iron railing systems have been popular for many years. They are a nice complement to a Spanish or Mediterranean style home and work well with all types of wood. The balusters can be straight up and down or have fanciful scroll work. The most popular color is black but the iron can be painted or powder coated any color you desire. For example, you may want to use a forest green so the railing system blends in with the outdoors. Or perhaps a soft sand color complements your limestone decking and the sandy beach below. The wrought iron can also be fully customized to create a unique, one of a kind look. Adding a centerpiece to your railing system that has been customized with a monogram or favorite symbol such as an animal or flower will really personalize your outdoor living space.
Whether you are entering into an entire landscape project or just want to update your existing deck, new railings will improve the look of your home while making it possible for you to enjoy the fabulous view of the mountains or the city lights below.