Iron Railings Need Repair and Replacement Too!

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Contractor with Dry Rot and Water Damage www.tromlerconstruction.com Mobile - 916-765-5366 CSL#642819
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Iron Railings Need Repair and Replacement Too!

 

rotted wood railing in apartment community

It is important that we check the railings around the exterior of our homes,
apartment, and commercial building. The result of a failed railing can be a serious matter, so checking regularly is a maintenance item that should not be overlooked. Taking the time to inspect exterior railing can be quick and easy.

What to look for in exterior railings?

Check for strength. Strong support in both the downward and side to side direction is a sign of a well-built railing. There should be little movement when grabbed or leaned on, and the building materials appear to be in good condition. Loose nails, screws and bolts are an indication of movement in the railings and should be corrected.

 

“My exterior railings a fine, they are made of steel.”


rusted railing in apartment community

No matter what the railing is made of, it can eventually fail if not maintained. Steel, concrete, and wood all need to be inspected for problems on a regular basis. If you have a steel railing, be on the lookout for signs of rusting metal. A concrete railing wall may have signs of cracking that well allow water to get to the framing. Of course, wood has a tendency to rot, split, and shrink, so be aware the problems in wood railings.

An ounce of prevention

rusted railing problemPreventive maintenance is the best way to ward off railing failure. If you can follow a regular inspection and maintenance routine, railing problems will be minimalized. The trick is to do it regularly. So mark your calendar at least once a year for some inspections and simple maintenance.

If you are experiencing problems with railings at your property and don’t know quite how to handle it, contact an expert in the field. A qualified general contractor can help with railing failure and preventive maintenance.

 

 

 

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Tom Arstingstall
General Contractor, Sacramento, CA - 916-765-5366
Dry Rot and Water Damage www.tromlerconstruction.com Mobile - 916-765-5366

Well said Richie, too expensive.

August 01, 2012 08:26 AM
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Kristine Ginsberg
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Morris County, NJ: Elite Staging and Redesign, LLC

Tom - I heard many stories of railing breaking and people falling off decks. It's so important to always inspect any and all railings indoors and out to avoid injury! Congrats on the feature - you're on a roll!

August 01, 2012 08:53 AM
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Tom Arstingstall
General Contractor, Sacramento, CA - 916-765-5366
Dry Rot and Water Damage www.tromlerconstruction.com Mobile - 916-765-5366

The stories can get pretty tragic Kristine, it doesn't have to happen. Regular inspections of the railings and maintenance goes a long way in the prevention of railing accidents.

August 01, 2012 08:01 PM
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Robert Sole
REM Inspections LLC

This is a good point.  Several of the condos I inspected recently had some severely rusted out areas on the rails.  Don't forget the metal stairways though.  Had one a month ago that had some serious rust damage.

August 08, 2012 08:42 AM
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Those are on the list also Robert, thanks for the reminder.

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