5 Trends in the Railings World for 2017

Railings in Toronto For the most part people take railings for granted; until they see one that’s juuust a bit different from anything they’ve seen before. Then their ears prick up, their eyes widen a bit and their imagination is engaged. An interesting railing can really bring an interior to life or elevate an ordinary deck to something extraordinary. In this post we’re going to look at some railing trends that we’ve sniffed out and that we believe will influence homeowner tastes in the coming year.

Where Railings in Toronto are Headed in the New Year

Over the past 20 years or so just about every aspect of home design has been rethought. Railings have benefitted from this reappraisal of interior design and leading-edge ideas about the role of the railing have led to some astonishing results. Here are 5 railing trends we see playing out in 2017.

  1. Dazzling wrought iron work: Say “wrought iron” to most people and they think of colonial mansions or fencing around civic green spaces. But wrought iron has made significant inroads on the domestic railing front in recent years and we don’t see that trend slowing down in 2017. Today wrought iron railings in Toronto bear little resemblance to their colonial forebears with some walking the razor’s edge between functional object and art object.
  1. Stainless steel: Stainless steel as a railing material has been popular in commercial settings for many years but we believe it’s due for a breakout residential year in 2017. Postmodern design rules the architectural landscape today and at its heart is the notion of appropriation. Stainless steel railings in a home are a perfect expression of that ethos.
  1. Wire railings: Wire railings, sometimes called “cable railings” manage to exude both strength and fragility at the same time and they’ll be big in 2017. They’re ideal for contemporary settings but also work well strung between wooden balustrades on the deck. “Wire” railings are not always wire either. Sometimes they’re thin tubes of stainless or some other metal.
  1. Those other metals: Brass, aluminum, bronze and even copper are finding their way into the design of railings in Toronto in 2017. The look will be light and airy and provide subtle ‘highlights’ to many interior and exterior decors as well as take on the role of motif that informs the larger design scheme.
  1. The return of wood: While it’s unlikely wood will reclaim the market share it enjoyed 50 years ago we see more people taking an interest in wooden handrails than in previous years. Perhaps it’s a matter of “everything old is new again” or maybe it’s just that homeowners are pining for a material that brings them back into closer contact with the natural world.

Railings in Toronto have emerged from the periphery of interior design to assume a central role in both new home design as well as renovations and remodels of every type. If you’d like to discuss these or other railing designs and concepts, or would like a quote for your upcoming project give us a call on (905) 669-8633.

The 4 Most Important Things to Know When Buying Railings

railings torontoWhether you are interested in railings for decorative purposes, security purposes or both, there are several different types from which to choose. In this short article, we are going to take a look at the four most important factors to consider when making your choice. After reading, hopefully you will have a better idea which type will be most suitable for your needs.

Choosing the Right Railings for Your Property

Take a look at each point below and consider how it applies to your property and your particular needs. Some may of course be more relevant to you than others.

  1. Appearance – For those with period properties or for homeowners who simply prefer a more decorative appearance, wrought iron is an excellent choice. Modern casting techniques make cast iron a reasonable alternative nowadays but if you want an authentic look for an older property, wrought iron is the way to go.
  2. Strength – Wrought or cast iron are both very strong materials, making them suitable for applications where security is a concern. Aluminum railings, being considerably lighter and more flexible, may not be the best choice if security is your primary concern.
  3. Maintenance – If you are looking for a maintenance-free option, aluminum is almost certainly your best option. High quality aluminum fixtures will not rust and will never need to be painted in order to keep them looking good. Wrought and cast iron, while capable of lasting for centuries when properly cared for, will require a little more in the way of regular maintenance to keep them in good condition.
  4. Cost – The cost differential between the different types of materials from which you can choose may actually be less than you imagined but if price is your most important consideration, aluminum is normally the cheapest option out of the three. Cast iron is generally a little less expensive than wrought, owing to the different manufacturing processes involved.

As a leading manufacturer of railings made from wrought iron, cast iron and aluminum, we are ideally place to help you make the best choice for your home and your specific requirements. If you would like any help or advice on the matter therefore, please do not hesitate to get in touch with us to discuss your requirements in detail. We will be delighted to provide you with all the information you need, along with comprehensive quotations for each different option.