Iron Railings Need Repair and Replacement Too!

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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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Rainmaker
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Mike Cooper
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Good advice, Tom.  My son fell through a railing on a rental we manage.  That was two years ago, and his leg still hurts.  

Jul 31, 2012 07:23 PM #15
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Chris Smith
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Great advice, Tom, improperly maintained railings (whether metal or wood) create a negative impression, before a buyer even enters a home.

Jul 31, 2012 07:50 PM #16
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Rob Ernst
Certified Structure Inspector - Reno, NV
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Wow those are bad. Looks like what happens to metal near the coast. So not only do you fall you get impaled and tetanus. 

Jul 31, 2012 08:58 PM #17
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John McCormack
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Good job getting this information to the public Tom.  Good feature.

Jul 31, 2012 10:01 PM #18
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Tom Arstingstall, General Contractor, Dry Rot, Water Damage Sacramento, El Dorado County - (916) 765-5366
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Maintenance is the key to the prevention of many problems with railings Richard. We gotta do it!

Jul 31, 2012 10:23 PM #19
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Tom Arstingstall, General Contractor, Dry Rot, Water Damage Sacramento, El Dorado County - (916) 765-5366
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Safety is probably the driving force Joan; we have to make sure people are safe.

Jul 31, 2012 10:23 PM #20
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I hope that your son will continue to recover from the accident Mike. I'm sure your have a much better appreciation for railings today.

Jul 31, 2012 10:30 PM #21
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Tom Arstingstall, General Contractor, Dry Rot, Water Damage Sacramento, El Dorado County - (916) 765-5366
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You are right Chris, it is a part of the "first impression" that is so important.

Jul 31, 2012 10:31 PM #22
Rainmaker
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The metal rails in the photos are from the California coast. I'm putting together a proposal to correct the entire apartment community, all new railings, built to current code Rob.

Jul 31, 2012 10:31 PM #23
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Thanks John, I think this is something that we all need to be aware of in our homes, apartments, and commercial buildings.

Jul 31, 2012 10:32 PM #24
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Chris and Dick Dovorany
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Oh yuck.  I can just see a buyer saying "are you kidding, I could fall"  and the seller saying "it's steel, you wonm't fall", yeah right.

Aug 01, 2012 06:13 AM #25
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Michael Setunsky
Michael's Commercial LLC - Woodbridge, VA
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Tom. very good tips and advice. The railings do corrode over time. Thanks for the reminder.

Aug 01, 2012 06:24 AM #26
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Richie Alan Naggar Author PEARLS SERIES of books
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Yes to this post Tom...I would be painting those Wrought Iron railings around my pool once a year. If not, the alternative was too expensive...

Aug 01, 2012 06:51 AM #27
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Funny to hear how sellers and owners can justify not doing something that truly needs to be corrected Chris and Dick.

Aug 01, 2012 08:26 AM #28
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A good railing maintenance schedule can eliminate many problems Michael.

Aug 01, 2012 08:26 AM #29
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Well said Richie, too expensive.

Aug 01, 2012 08:26 AM #30
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Kristine Ginsberg
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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!

Aug 01, 2012 08:53 AM #31
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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.

Aug 01, 2012 08:01 PM #32
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Robert Sole
REM Inspections LLC - Winter Springs, FL

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.

Aug 08, 2012 08:42 AM #33
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Those are on the list also Robert, thanks for the reminder.

Aug 08, 2012 06:07 PM #34
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