Different types of metal are widely used in homes and commercial buildings for railings and handrails. Regarding homes, good quality and safety are the most desired attributes. Many people tend to use railings every day when walking on their balconies. They like to lean on them but often take for granted the fact that a balcony metal railing is strong. It’s easy to assume that the balcony railing is in good condition until proven wrong. However, similar to any building material, railings can also fail. Therefore, this article shares some professional tips for maintaining balcony railings.
- Check and Repair Rusted Railings
Homeowners often think that rust is only a visual problem. But it’s said that rust is considered like a cancer disease in the world of metals, and the metallic material is destroyed from the inside. The contact of iron with air and moisture produces iron oxide, which is referred to as rust.
Deposition of rust on the balcony metal railing further corrodes and damages the railing. So, it is essential to remove rust or repair the rusted metal railing to protect the railing. First, clean and sand off the rust from the affected railing. Always make sure to avoid harsh cleaners and use a mild detergent or metal railing cleaner. In last, apply a rust-preventing primer over the railing and then paint it using oil paint.
- Repair Loose Fasteners
Once a homeowner is done removing the rust on a metal railing, next he should check all joints of the railing with the help of screws and bolts. If there is any loose joint, tighten the fasters using a screwdriver. And if bolts or screws are not sturdy enough to ensure the tightness of the railings’ joint, replace them or select a larger screw or wall anchor to tighten the joint.
- Repair Paint Deterioration
If the paint on the railing deteriorates, clean it and repaint it to avoid any other defects, such as rust. If an individual feels that primer needs to be reapplied, then apply it before painting the railing.
- Check the Gap Between the Railing and the Wall
The essential purpose of installing a balcony metal railing is to protect kids and pets from falling. If the space between the railing and the wall exceeds four inches, it can be unsafe for kids and pets. So, in such a case, consider hiring a railing expert to reinstall the metal railing.
- Check the Bottom Portion of the Railing
Check the bottom portion of the railing and sill, and if it’s cracked or damaged, get them repaired immediately to avoid any further problems.
Balcony railings are installed in a home for balance, protecting curious kids and pets and allowing homeowners to feel more comfortable walking on balconies. Beware of poor-quality balcony handrails or railings in homes as they can cause a safety hazard. Regularly inspect and maintain the balcony railings to ensure general home safety. Following these professionally recommended tips can make it easier and more affordable for homeowners to repair and maintain residential metal railings.