Exploring Home Repair Materials and Tools
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Exploring Home Repair Materials and Tools

Hello everyone, my name is Mabel Abram. My home was recently vandalized when I was out of town for a couple weeks. Upon returning home, I was shocked to see graffiti on the walls and flooring ripped up. I called a local contractor to give me a bid on the work. I elected to have the materials restored to their original state by the contractor. The job required replacement of some of the support materials, including floor joists and drywall. I want to lead people through the process of repairing damage to their home through this website. My site will teach people about building materials and tools used for repair and remodel jobs. I will also talk about material upgrades you can use for your floors, walls and ceilings. Thank you.

Exploring Home Repair Materials and Tools

Upgrading The Railing On Your Deck? Design Ideas To Add Curb Appeal & Interest

Vanessa Stevens

If you could view the homes in your neighborhood from the rear, you probably would not be surprised to notice that most of the decks on the rear of each house are nearly identical in design and materials. Most are likely to be very basic with a plain, no-frills railing design that offers safe use of the deck, yet offers little visual appeal or privacy.

Homeowners who need to replace an existing railing and want to upgrade to something that offers more beauty and appeal, can us the following design information for inspiration.  

Combining the beauty of wood with another material 

Homeowners who have grown weary of the look of plain wood railings for their deck may want to consider adding another material to complement the wood that will add more visual interest. Some possible examples include: 

  • stringing several sturdy cables through the wooden posts to form a safe barrier that will interfere less with the view of your yard and area
  • building a narrow, waist-high planter structure that can serve as both a railing and a privacy screen, especially if planted with pampas grass or attractive compact bushes
  • using sturdy natural rope to form an attractive woven pattern 

Remember that your deck update may require a permit and have specific guidelines that must be followed. 

Using customized latticework to add privacy and flair

Incorporating a good quality of exterior grade lattice work into your deck upgrade can have the advantage of offering more privacy, as well as adding more visual interest to your home. When using lattice work, consider using a hardy grape vine or strings of tiny white lights to weave through the slats and give the entire project a custom feel. 

Raising the roof for extended use

Instead of merely changing the railing, homeowners who currently have an uncovered deck may want to consider extending the railing posts on up to support a roof over the deck. This type of improvement will allow your family to get much more use from the deck and help to protect your outdoor furnishings and accessories from rain and sunshine.

To learn more about the best options for wood railing design for your particular deck project, homeowners should contact a reputable general contractor in their area. These experts will be familiar with any existing regulations and the permitting process that you will need to follow before beginning the project, as well as helping you select a design that will add beauty, value, and usability to your existing deck.