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4 Pros And Cons Of Choosing Stainless Steel Wire For Your Deck Railing

Decks come in many styles and are made from many materials, but one commonly overlooked feature is the railing. The railing helps define the deck, but it also protects against falls, making it extremely important. One popular railing option you may be considering is stainless steel wire, but before you make your final decision, check out these four pros and cons.

Pro: They Require Little Maintenance

Homes require a lot of maintenance to maintain, making low-maintenance options a great choice. Luckily, stainless steel wire railing requires little maintenance because of its chromium oxide coating. This coating protects against many hazards, including corrosion. Even better, if scratched, the coating has the ability to repair itself, so the underlying metal does not remain exposed.

Pro: They Don't Block the View

If you have a great view or you have children and/or pets you want to monitor while on the deck or in the yard, you don't want a solid railing. It can make visibility low, reducing your enjoyment and/or safety. Unlike wood, the wires are thin and well-spaced, providing a clear view. Plus, because there is no glass, you don't have to worry about smudges obstructing your vision.

Con: They May Be Dangerous if You Have Small Children or Pets

If you have small children or pets, this type of deck railing may not be the best choice. For starters, if you have young children, they may climb horizontal wires, and if they are small enough, they may be able to fall through the wires (either vertical or horizontal). Small pets may also be in danger of falling through the wires. If you do have children or small pets, you can get vertical wires installed close together to create narrow gaps, but the wires may loosen over time.   

Con: They Are Expensive

One reason people love stainless steel wire railings is the simple, modern look. However, they do not have a simple price. If you choose this type of deck railing, expect to pay $60 per foot for the cable alone. You'll still need to add the cost of the posts and any labor.

If you are installing a new deck, don't forget to consider which type of railing is best. While there are many other options, stainless steel wire railing may be the right choice to create a beautiful, functional deck. If you would like more information about stainless steel wire railing or decking in general, contact a contractor or look at websites like today.