If you have a raised deck off an upper level of your house, you want to make sure that everyone is as safe as possible. This is especially true if you have young children. Kids and raised decks aren't always a match made in heaven. However, there are things that you can do to make sure that everyone stays as safe as possible and still let everyone enjoy your deck. One of the things you can do is to get guardrails or handrails to put up along the edge of your deck. There are several kinds of rails that you can use for your deck. Read this article to learn about some of your options.
One option you can use is a clear railing. This way you are protected, and you can still have the full view off your deck. These rails are made up of pieces of plexiglass that are connected to your deck at the bottom of the plexiglass, and then there will be a rail that runs along the top of the pieces to make sure that they are all connected together and stay where they should. There are also posts or connectors that will run vertically, connecting the sides of the plexiglass every so often. That makes the railing stable and gives it extra strength. Those posts or connectors generally aren't very big, so they won't ruin your view. Another nice thing about these railings is that they are solid, so your child can't push anything out and through slats in a rail.
Another choice is to go with a slat railing. This kind of railing is generally wood, and it can be made out of the same wood as your deck. That way you are getting a seamless look. The slats can be as wide or as narrow as you want, depending on what kind of feel you are looking for, how much privacy you want on your deck, and several other things. One thing you won't want to adjust is the spacing in between the slats. The contractor will tell you what the appropriate spacing is so that no one can get through the slats and so everyone will be safe.
Having a raised deck can give you a great view and take advantage of limited space. When you have a raised deck, you want to make sure that you and everyone who uses your deck are going to be safe. The right kind of railing can help you with that.
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