The panels work well for functional purposes too. “You can create privacy walls that blend in with sections of cable railing,” Zurek says. “We often do this near hot tubs or areas where wind may be an issue, so we can block it. It makes for a more comfortable outdoor environment.”
2. Create Shapes
Let curves wend their way around your home, inside or out. Temper straight lines with a few zigs and zags as your railings stretch around a deck or patio. Railings can complement or contrast your home’s shape if you play with how all the lines intersect.
Zurek likes to reflect a home’s roofline in the shape of the deck, and thus in the railings. “It really incorporates the deck into the architecture of the home, rather than looking like an afterthought,” he says. Choose railing materials, finishes and colors that complement your home to further enhance the aesthetic harmony.
Wood railing posts with a composite cap are a low-maintenance option for exterior railings, Zurek says. He recommends using cedar or ipe. “Vertical surfaces take less of a beating from the elements, so using wood for the posts is a nice way to incorporate a natural material while minimizing the amount of staining you need to do,” he says. “The composite top cap will be able to withstand more exposure from the sun and rain.” Zurek then adds stainless steel cable rails to create a more contemporary look and allow for a relatively clear view.
The color combinations are limited only by your imagination, as custom colors are available. “Powder-coated steel is extremely durable, and just about every color under the sun is available,” Zurek says. “The hue itself is really a matter of preference. I tend to lean toward matte black.”
For another dash of style and practicality, Zurek sometimes tops sections of railings with a wider surface. “It makes a “burger and beer bar,” he says. “It’s a great place to set your food or drink, and creates an informal dining situation that’s great for parties.”
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