Iron Railings Need Repair and Replacement Too!
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.”
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
Preventive 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.