Tuesday, February 28, 2017
I love the warm and inviting feel of traditional style homes. While modern designs have a clean aesthetic, they often lack the personal, homey feel that a Craftsman or cozy Tudor style house has. Traditional homes are a little hard to define because they use many different styles of architecture, but they all have functionality and family living in common. One level or two level, flat or gabled roof, they all have elements designed to make a house comfortable for family life. Often one of those elements is a porch, deck, or patio that provides a functional, safe, livable outdoor space for the family.
Of course, a functional, safe, livable outdoor deck requires a functional, safe, livable railing system to go with it. There are many varieties and materials of railings for decks, but when it comes to traditional style homes, my choice is an aluminum railing system. Just like the traditional family home, the benefits of aluminum deck railings are that they provide the perfect combination of style and functionality. We’ll talk about why, and some options you have if you choose to go with aluminum.
Benefits of Aluminum Deck Railings: It Makes a Great Alternative to Wood
With traditional style homes, decks and porches are always a big part of the design, and they’re usually wood. In fact, traditional homes often have an emphasis on wood since it’s such a homey, versatile material. As a railing material, though, it leaves something to be desired when it comes to strength, maintenance requirements, and longevity. Here’s why aluminum makes a good substitute:
Aluminum Railings Combine with Wood for Classic Charm
Aluminum doesn’t have to just substitute for wood, though. You can actually have the best of both worlds (the strength and durability of aluminum with the warmth of wood) by combining the two in one railing system. Here are some ways I’ve seen this done:
Update the Traditional Look with Aluminum and Glass
Often, I find that people who are looking for a traditional style home such as a Craftsman or ranch style also want to combine modern elements for an updated, slightly edgier look. Sometimes this means adding modern architectural elements to traditional spaces to add pops of modern style. One great way to accomplish this is with an aluminum and glass railing system (and trust me, glass deck railings aren’t as hard to keep clean as you think). Some advantages of this mixed material railing system are:
There’s so much to love about a home that is warm and inviting. Traditional home styles were built to create just that feeling for the people that would live in them. So, it’s only natural that they were designed not only with aesthetics in mind, but also creature comforts. That applies to railings too--they should be just as functional as they are pretty, and that perfectly describes aluminum railings, for me.
I’ve used a variety of styles of aluminum railings in my projects because they are one of the most desired for traditional style homes. And for good reason! Aluminum railings tend to be affordable, durable, and beautiful. When I can, I use the aluminum railing systems from Fortress Building Products because they hit all three of these categories. They even use a high-quality coating system which makes them extra durable and corrosion resistant. And they work well with Fortress Building Products such as composite decking systems (which also look great on traditional homes, by the way). So, if you’re looking for an aluminum railing system, go for a system like Fortress’, where you can really see the quality. It’ll look great on your traditional home.