Iron Railings Need Repair and Replacement Too!

By
Home Builder with Dry Rot and Water Damage www.tromlerconstruction.com Mobile - 916-765-5366 CSL#642819
http://actvra.in/FHp

 

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.

 

 

 

close

This entry hasn't been re-blogged:

Re-Blogged By Re-Blogged At
Spam prevention

Accessibility option: listen to a question and answer it!

To submit the form,
drag the house to the circle on the side.

Type below the answer to what you hear. Numbers or words, lowercase:

Topic:
ActiveRain Community
Location:
California Sacramento County Rancho Cordova
Groups:
Roseville Real Estate
Posts to Localism
Elk Grove Real Estate
El Dorado Hills Real Estate
Sacramento Real Estate
Tags:
dry rot
qualified
contractor
failure
railing
rust

Comments 34 New Comment

Anonymous
Post a Comment
Spam prevention

Accessibility option: listen to a question and answer it!

To submit the form,
drag the tree to the circle on the side.

Type below the answer to what you hear. Numbers or words, lowercase:

Show All Comments
Rainmaker
773,376
Mike Cooper
Your Winchester, VA Real Estate Pro
Winchester Real Estate Sales, Cornerstone Business Group Inc

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

July 31, 2012 07:23 PM
Rainmaker
563,324
Chris Smith
South Simcoe, Caledon, King, Orangeville Real Esta
Re/Max Chay Realty Inc., Brokerage

Great advice, Tom, improperly maintained railings (whether metal or wood) create a negative impression, before a buyer even enters a home.

July 31, 2012 07:50 PM
Rainer
162,950
Rob Ernst
Reno, NV-775-342-4767- Inspector & Energy Auditor
Certified Structure Inspector

Wow those are bad. Looks like what happens to metal near the coast. So not only do you fall you get impaled and tetanus. 

July 31, 2012 08:58 PM
Ambassador
828,045
John McCormack
AlbuquerqueHomes.com
Albuquerque Homes Realty * www.AlbuquerqueHomes.com

Good job getting this information to the public Tom.  Good feature.

July 31, 2012 10:01 PM
Rainmaker
1,185,178
Tom Arstingstall, General Contractor, Dry Rot, Water Damage Sacramento, El Dorado County - (916) 765-5366
General Contractor, Dry Rot and Water Damage
Dry Rot and Water Damage www.tromlerconstruction.com Mobile - 916-765-5366

Maintenance is the key to the prevention of many problems with railings Richard. We gotta do it!

July 31, 2012 10:23 PM
Rainmaker
1,185,178
Tom Arstingstall, General Contractor, Dry Rot, Water Damage Sacramento, El Dorado County - (916) 765-5366
General Contractor, Dry Rot and Water Damage
Dry Rot and Water Damage www.tromlerconstruction.com Mobile - 916-765-5366

Safety is probably the driving force Joan; we have to make sure people are safe.

July 31, 2012 10:23 PM
Rainmaker
1,185,178
Tom Arstingstall, General Contractor, Dry Rot, Water Damage Sacramento, El Dorado County - (916) 765-5366
General Contractor, Dry Rot and Water Damage
Dry Rot and Water Damage www.tromlerconstruction.com Mobile - 916-765-5366

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.

July 31, 2012 10:30 PM
Rainmaker
1,185,178
Tom Arstingstall, General Contractor, Dry Rot, Water Damage Sacramento, El Dorado County - (916) 765-5366
General Contractor, Dry Rot and Water Damage
Dry Rot and Water Damage www.tromlerconstruction.com Mobile - 916-765-5366

You are right Chris, it is a part of the "first impression" that is so important.

July 31, 2012 10:31 PM
Rainmaker
1,185,178
Tom Arstingstall, General Contractor, Dry Rot, Water Damage Sacramento, El Dorado County - (916) 765-5366
General Contractor, Dry Rot and Water Damage
Dry Rot and Water Damage www.tromlerconstruction.com Mobile - 916-765-5366

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.

July 31, 2012 10:31 PM
Rainmaker
1,185,178
Tom Arstingstall, General Contractor, Dry Rot, Water Damage Sacramento, El Dorado County - (916) 765-5366
General Contractor, Dry Rot and Water Damage
Dry Rot and Water Damage www.tromlerconstruction.com Mobile - 916-765-5366

Thanks John, I think this is something that we all need to be aware of in our homes, apartments, and commercial buildings.

July 31, 2012 10:32 PM
Rainmaker
494,494
Chris and Dick Dovorany
Broker/Associate at Premiere Plus Realty
Homes for Sale in Naples, Bonita Springs and Estero, Florida

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.

August 01, 2012 06:13 AM
Rainmaker
891,496
Michael Setunsky
Your Commercial Real Estate Link to Northern VA
Michael's Commercial LLC

Tom. very good tips and advice. The railings do corrode over time. Thanks for the reminder.

August 01, 2012 06:24 AM
Rainmaker
1,199,932
Richie Alan Naggar Author PEARLS SERIES of books
on LIFE and LOVE plus Real Estate too!
People first then business! Ran Right Realty Riverside, Ca

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...

August 01, 2012 06:51 AM
Rainmaker
1,185,178
Tom Arstingstall, General Contractor, Dry Rot, Water Damage Sacramento, El Dorado County - (916) 765-5366
General Contractor, Dry Rot and Water Damage
Dry Rot and Water Damage www.tromlerconstruction.com Mobile - 916-765-5366

Funny to hear how sellers and owners can justify not doing something that truly needs to be corrected Chris and Dick.

August 01, 2012 08:26 AM
Rainmaker
1,185,178
Tom Arstingstall, General Contractor, Dry Rot, Water Damage Sacramento, El Dorado County - (916) 765-5366
General Contractor, Dry Rot and Water Damage
Dry Rot and Water Damage www.tromlerconstruction.com Mobile - 916-765-5366

A good railing maintenance schedule can eliminate many problems Michael.

August 01, 2012 08:26 AM
Rainmaker
1,185,178
Tom Arstingstall, General Contractor, Dry Rot, Water Damage Sacramento, El Dorado County - (916) 765-5366
General Contractor, Dry Rot and Water Damage
Dry Rot and Water Damage www.tromlerconstruction.com Mobile - 916-765-5366

Well said Richie, too expensive.

August 01, 2012 08:26 AM
Rainmaker
391,513
Kristine Ginsberg
Morris County, NJ Stager
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
Rainmaker
1,185,178
Tom Arstingstall, General Contractor, Dry Rot, Water Damage Sacramento, El Dorado County - (916) 765-5366
General Contractor, Dry Rot and Water Damage
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
Rainer
141,207
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
Rainmaker
1,185,178
Tom Arstingstall, General Contractor, Dry Rot, Water Damage Sacramento, El Dorado County - (916) 765-5366
General Contractor, Dry Rot and Water Damage
Dry Rot and Water Damage www.tromlerconstruction.com Mobile - 916-765-5366

Those are on the list also Robert, thanks for the reminder.

August 08, 2012 06:07 PM
Anonymous
Post a Comment
Spam prevention

Accessibility option: listen to a question and answer it!

To submit the form,
drag the cloud to the circle on the side.

Type below the answer to what you hear. Numbers or words, lowercase:

Show All Comments
Rainmaker
1,185,178

Tom Arstingstall, General Contractor, Dry Rot, Water Damage Sacramento, El Dorado County - (916) 765-5366

General Contractor, Dry Rot and Water Damage
Find out how a contractor can help you!
*
*
*
Spam prevention

Accessibility option: listen to a question and answer it!

To submit the form,
drag the lamp to the circle on the side.

Type below the answer to what you hear. Numbers or words, lowercase:

Additional Information

Licensed Remodeling Contractor

Service Area •Acampo, CA •Amador City, CA •Angels Camp, CA •Antelope, CA •Auburn, CA •Avery, CA •Cameron Park, CA •Campo Seco, CA •Carmichael, CA •Cedar Ridge, CA •Ceres, CA •Citrus Heights, CA •Clarksburg, CA •Colfax, CA •Davis, CA •Diamond Springs, CA •Dixon, CA •El Dorado Hills, CA •Elk Grove, CA •Elverta, CA •Emigrant Gap, CA •Escalon, CA •Esparto, CA •Fair Oaks, CA •Fairfield, CA •Folsom, CA •French Camp, CA •Galt, CA •Georgetown, CA •Gold River, CA •Granite Bay, CA •Grass Valley, CA •Herald, CA •Hood, CA •Ione, CA •Isleton, CA •Jackson, CA •Jamestown, CA •Keyes, CA •Knights Landing, CA •Lathrop, CA •Lincoln, CA •Linden, CA •Live Oak, CA •Lodi, CA •Loomis, CA •Manteca, CA •Marysville, CA •Mather, CA •Modesto, CA •Newcastle, CA •North Highlands, CA •Nut Tree, CA •Oakdale, CA •Olivehurst, CA •Orangevale, CA •Penryn, CA •Placerville, CA •Rancho Cordova, CA •Rancho Murieta, CA •Rescue, CA •Rio Linda, CA •Rio Vista, CA •Ripon, CA •Rocklin, CA •Roseville, CA •Sacramento, CA •San Francisco, CA •Shingle Springs, CA •Sonora, CA •Stockton, CA •Sutter Creek, CA •Sutter, CA •Thornton, CA •Tracy, CA •Tuolumne, CA •Turlock, CA •Twain Harte, CA •Twin Bridges, CA •Vacaville, CA •Victor, CA •Walnut Grove, CA •West Sacramento, CA •Wilton, CA •Winters, CA •Woodland, CA •Yolo, CA •Yuba City, CA •Zamora, CA" style="overflow:hidden;" seamless scrolling="no" id="custom-widget-content" onload="resizeIframe()">Your browser does not support iframe.