There are sorts of options when it comes to railings for front entrances to people’s homes. We will help you decide what type of railing will be perfect for your individual home. The front entrance railings to a home are particularly important if you want to increase curb appeal for selling a home or just for aesthetic reasons.
Installing the right railings in the entrance to your home can greatly improve the appearance of the front of the home. Likewise, choosing the wrong railings for the front entrance will take away from the home’s curb appeal. The railings need to match the style of the home’s décor.
Types of Handrails and Balusters
There are all sorts of wood and metal hand rails available for your entrance way. You will also have different balusters to choose from for many types of hand rails.
Balusters are the vertical rungs that support the handrail in between the main supports. In wood alone there are all sorts of both handrails and balusters. There are plain handrails made from boards with 1×1 balusters to ornate carved rails and balusters.
There are also several types of teakwood and other special types of both rails and balusters. What is best for your home will depend on its outward appearance. If you have a home with white trim and a white picket fence for example, you would probably want your front entrance hand rails to match the trim and fence.
You could go with a painted white simple wood board rail and balusters to match those of the fence for example. You could also choose a white iron rail and baluster to match the same home, it all depends on what you like.
Where to Find
There are several suppliers of handrails, balusters and supplies available online. Look through some company websites to get ideas and then look for a local supplier to provide what you need to get the job done or take your ideas to your local contractor.
Some of the big names in handrail makers and suppliers include: HDI Railings Systems with outlets throughout the U.S., Simmons Stairways, Inc. of San Jose, CA and BuyRailings of Connecticut which can be found online at buyrailings.com.
Making a Choice
So, with all the choices available, don’t lose sight of what style of handrail will look right with your home. Sometimes it is easy to get lost in the elaborate designs available for different handrails, but many times, a simple wood railing and baluster system is all you need.
On the other hand, if you have a huge luxurious home with all sorts of brass trim, engraved glass and the like, there are handrails available for you as well. Just look at some of the stores online or in person if you are so lucky to have one in your immediate area. You will see that no matter what your home’s décor, there is a handrail to match.
There are brass, stainless steel, oak, pine, wrought iron and even glass if the fancy strikes you! So there is normally no need to design a handrail from scratch when there are so many available pre made or in kits that will satisfy even the most choosey customer’s desires. However, if all you need is a simple rail and banister for a modest home, you will save a lot of money by building a simple railing by hand with some 2x4s and 1x1s. You can make anything look nice if you put the time into it.
The best advice we can give you here is to match the detail of your home. If you have a simple home, put up a simple handrail for your home’s entrance and if you have a mansion filled with brass and glass, there are plenty of exotic rail options for you to match your houses décor. Good luck with your home’s entrance way and don’t forget that your home’s entrance way often creates a visitor’s first impression of your home, so make it a good one.