Designing Professional Porch Railings

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If you plan to install a professional looking porch railing for the first time you want to ensure you do it right the first time.

This requires among other things proper design and proper planning.

Properly designed railings require multiple parts including finials, balusters, posts and rails for the top and bottom of the structure.

You can find most of this equipment at a lumberyard, online or at your local home improvement supply store.

Many prefer to find supplies and equipment online.

Proper planning merely requires that you measure out your porch space ahead of time and ensure you have a supply of equipment ready to go for installation.

Key Features Of Professional Looking Porch Railings

Professional looking porch railings share many features in common.

Most professionally designed railings include decorative details to give the home a classic or cozy looking exterior.

Woodwork comes in a variety of designs lending to a more finished and professional looking railing.

Other important components of a professionally designed porch railing include proper installation.

To install your trim properly you will need finishing nails, a drill, wood files, possibly a saw and if you plan to paint, the appropriate exterior paint and color.

You should be sure you measure the space you have available for your railing exactly before installing.

This will help minimize error.

Installation Tips

Most porch railings are easily installed within two to four hours depending on the size and length of the railings.

Here are some tips you can adopt to make installation go quickly and efficiently:

• Always wear safety goggles when installing rails to avoid injury when sawing or cutting.

• Take your time measuring the space you have available including the space you have between nailing points and the total surface area available on your porch.

You should also measure the opening you have available where you plan to install posts.

• Cut filler strips you have to the exact length you’ll need.

Cut from the top and not the bottom.

• Mark the balusters positions on strips after you cut them.

Don’t forget you can get most railings custom made to accommodate any size or style of home you have.

Handcrafted railings often look professional on Victorian style homes, while traditional wooden posts and railings look better on modern or contemporary style homes.

Don’t forget to weatherproof wooden structures to keep railings looking great year in and year out!