One of the best parts about wrought iron railing can also be one of the most frustrating. These extremely customizable railings provide an affordable, stylish, and functional option for quality DIY Handrails that you can install yourself. However, if you’re anything like me, the existence of so many styles and choices can be overwhelming.
The following is a short guide meant to assist you in selecting your next wrought iron handrails. We give several tips and tricks as well as things you should consider so you end up with the perfect iron railing for the exterior of your home.
These are not set-in-stone rules but rather a set of key components to consider that will inevitably narrow down your possible choices. The good news is that no matter your choice, you can expect a better-looking exterior and increased property value.
Determine the Installation Spot
If you’re looking for the right wrought iron railing, there’s a good chance you already know where it will go. However, this step requires you to take a closer look at the spot so you can have a better idea of the size of the railing and the type of mount you need when ordering your handrail.
We offer handrail models perfect for just about every scenario, but first, you have to know what type of mount you need. Our handrails come in floor-mounted, side mounted, direct burial, wall-mounted, and floor and wall-mounted options. Each one has its purpose, and to narrow it down, you should consider the desired installation spot.
Porch handrails are typically mounted directly to the steps. This goes for handrails along concrete steps and those surrounding the porch’s perimeter. Porch handrails are the most common type of wrought iron railing we sell.
Wall-mounted handrails provide stability while walking upstairs or close to a wall; many think they look better than ground-mounted rails. However, you wouldn’t be able to install one of these around a porch or down the outside of a staircase because there wouldn’t be a wall to mount it to.
Wall and floor-mounted handrails are typically found along the side of cement stairs that have a wall near the top. The railing is secured into the concrete at the base of the steps and into the wall at the top of the stairs. This handrail looks great, and the two different anchor points make for a sturdier railing. Wall and floor mounted handrails are very common in garage entryways.
Determine a Budget
Before making any home improvement purchase, you should have a budget in mind. How much you are looking to spend and how much you are willing to spend are two important numbers to keep in mind when shopping for the perfect wrought iron railing.
Fortunately, our manufacturing process allows us to offer our customers an affordable and high-quality product. Our wrought iron railing is far more affordable than other railing types, and it will last longer!
Assess the Community or HOA Rules
If you live in a gated community or property regulated by a homeowner’s association, there may be rules against certain types of railing. Our handrails comply with most regulations; however, we highly recommend you clear it with yours before you commit to installing a new handrail.
Determine the Model & Style Right for You
Once you know what you are allowed to install and where you plan on installing it, you can decide on the model and style that’s right for you. At DIY Handrail, we offer a picketed and arched style wrought iron railing. Both styles will work with any exterior because the difference is strictly one of appearance.
Contact us for additional questions about our wrought iron railing or tips on choosing the right iron railing for your home. Our knowledgeable team members will be happy to help you find the perfect railing for you. Once you know what you want, request a mockup, and our team will show you what your new railing will look like before installing it.