Four Points To Consider Before Installing Custom Wrought Iron Railing

Posted on: 19 June 2017

Wrought iron railing is gorgeous and is an investment in your home. However, it pays to carefully consider the impact of installing a custom iron railing in your home. Carefully planning the installation of wrought iron railing can help avoid difficulties in the future.

Additional Weight

Before installing custom iron railings it's important to account for the additional weight they'll add to your staircase. If you don't account for the additional weight of the iron railing, your staircase could become damaged or collapse. If you think the railing may be too heavy, you may have to contact a contractor before installation to ensure your staircase can support the weight required by the railing. You could also choose a more minimalistic design to make your railing weigh a little less.

Level of Care

Wrought iron railing requires a different type of care than traditional wooden railings. The more detailed your custom wrought iron railings are, the more surface there will be to dust. Your custom railing will be best dusted with a microfiber cloth to reach into the nooks and crannies of the iron.

You also can't use polish to clean your iron railings the way you can for wooden ones. If your railing needs a deep cleaning, it's best to use a mixture of one part vinegar to two parts water. You want to be careful to dry the railing after you're done cleaning because excess moisture could lead to the railing rusting.

Focal Points

When having custom iron railings installed you don't have to just go with one motif. If there are any focal points you want to highlight you could highlight those areas with a unique section of railing. Using focal points in railing is best used to highlight one area or to highlight an odd number of focal points. Visually, odd numbers can be more pleasing to the eye.

Children and Pets

If you have children or pets you should consider them when having your railings designed. If your children are young it would be best to avoid pointed motifs. Likewise, if your pets and children are small it would be best to avoid motifs with wide gaps that they could fall through.

Working with a company that specializes in creating custom wrought iron railings, like MISSCO, is the perfect way to get all of your needs met. They will be able to address all of your concerns with the railing as well as help you to consider other issues that may occur. 

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