The phrase “making an entrance” commonly refers to a person grandly entering a room, but it could just as easily be applied to homes and their curb appeal. After all, what are you doing when renovating the front of your house but “making an entrance?” You’re creating an inviting space where there was none before and improving the aesthetic experience of everyone who walks in your front door. You could do this with paint or plants or an extravagant awning, but what better way to improve your front entrance than to build a porch?
Porches not only improve your home’s curb appeal and add value to the property, but they also create a charming and useful living space. You could plant a potted garden on your porch or install a swinging bench. You could use it for barbecues or decorate it with rugs, comfy chairs, and pillows. It isn’t just a decoration; it’s a place to relax and enjoy. And if you’re going to install a porch, you will need to install a porch railing as well.
The porch railing creates a barrier, of course, so that people and objects don’t stumble off the porch. It also provides privacy and gives people something to hold onto when they want to stand near the edge. Plus, porches appear unfinished without a proper railing. A porch railing will make your porch look complete and give it some style. Some railings even come with a ledge, adding yet another functional use.
Through the years, more and more railing styles have emerged. As you choose your porch railing’s design, you might want to consider the material and shape of your porch and the architecture of your home. Also take into account the interior design of the room that opens out onto the porch, since the two will be viewed together much of the time. Is your style traditional or modern? Simple or ornate? Classic or unique? There are so many porch railing styles on the market these days, you’re sure to find one that complements your home but also stays within your budget.
Aluminum railing is a wonderful option because it’s nearly maintenance-free. Beautiful and distinctive, aluminum porch railings are available in a variety of colors, so you’re sure to find one that suits your home. They are durable enough to last a lifetime and will add a lot of value to your home as well. You might consider Westbury Aluminum Railing, which comes with a lifetime-limited warranty, or ScreenRail, which uses screens to keep out all those pesky insects.
Vinyl railing, classic and reliable, is another fantastic choice. It is usually reinforced on the top and bottom rails to ensure its strength, and, like aluminum railing, it is virtually maintenance free. You might consider PolyRail Vinyl, traditional and stately, which comes with a transferable lifetime-limited warranty. Or how about the TRX series? Elegant and versatile, these railings suit a variety of architectural styles. You’ll have an array of post caps to choose from, as well as solid and speckled color choices.
If you’re in the market for porch railing, check out the MMC Fencing & Railing online store. We have aluminum and vinyl porch railing available in a variety of styles and price ranges. All of our products are durable, low-maintenance, and beautifully designed, and they are built to last a lifetime.