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5 places you can install metal railings to enhance security and style

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As you’ll know if you’ve taken even a cursory look around our site here at SL Wrought Iron, you’ve got plenty of choice when it comes to the design of wrought iron gates and railings for your property. But there’s nothing that says you necessarily have to install them only on the front of your premises – you’ve actually got a fairly decent range of options when it comes to potential installation locations, too! Here, we’ve narrowed down some of the most popular ones amongst our customers – and why they might be worth considering for yourself.

1. Front entrance

Let’s start with the most obvious one! The front entrance is the focal point of any home, or business premises, which naturally makes it an ideal location to install metal railings. There’s a variety of reasons for that – a well-designed railing can do wonders for enhancing the curb appeal of your home, and also provides welcome extra security by acting as a physical barrier against casual intrusion. Lots of our customers like to choose sleek and modern design that complements the property’s architecture, and it’s also worth adding a decorative gate for that touch of extra charm.

2. Staircases

Staircases are high-traffic areas prone to accidents, especially in homes with young children or elderly residents – or in commercial properties with relatively large numbers of employees coming and going regularly. To that end, wrought iron railings can also provide a handy practical value, serving as a useful handhold that can help to cut down on the risk of trips and falls up long or busy flights of stairs.

For added safety, it’s worth looking at railings with an exceptionally sturdy construction, as well as smooth finishes that can help to improve grip and prevent injuries from anyone getting themselves caught or snagged on some of the ornamentations – arguably a risk with some of the more elaborate traditional designs!

3. Garden perimeter

If you have a garden or outdoor space, this can serve as the perfect environment for metal railings, helping to protect your plants from unwanted guests (who are more often animals than humans!). Crucially, metal railings and gates for your garden can really help add an extra visual layer to your outdoor space, and traditional designs lend themselves particularly well to this kind of setting. Consider our very own Ribchester or Clitheroe ranges for example, characterised by more intricate details that make them perfect for establishing a particularly sophisticated atmosphere for your space.

4. Balconies

In private homes, balconies offer an elevated vantage point to enjoy surrounding views – whether that’s busy cityscapes or rolling hills and valleys. However, the trade-off is that poorly-secured balconies can sometimes pose a safety risk, especially for families with small children or pets.

That’s where metal railings can help – installing a solid set of railings around your balcony can go a long way to helping prevent accidents, and giving you peace of mind that your family is safe. It’s worth considering traditional designs, as their relatively intricate designs can be harder to bypass, as opposed to more modern designs often have clean lines and larger gaps between the bars (which can be relatively easy for a determined child or pet to slip through).

And of course, don’t forget to ensure that they comply with building regulations for height and strength!

5. Patio or deck

And we’ll finish with a slightly more off-kilter idea – if you have a patio or deck, you might be surprised at how much a wrought iron gate and set of railings can bring their own fresh character to the space! After all, they’re popular gathering spots for family gatherings, barbecues, and outdoor entertainment, so adding metal railings around your patio or deck not only enhances safety but also creates a defined boundary between your outdoor living space and the surrounding area. It’s worth thinking about railings with weather-resistant finishes to withstand exposure to the elements, and you could even consider incorporating built-in lighting for added ambiance during evening gatherings.

Those are just a few ideas – you may well have plenty more of your own! Whatever your vision for your property and whatever your chosen style, you can always rely on us to have exactly what you need here at SL Wrought Iron. We have an extensive range of wrought iron metal gates and railings to choose from, encompassing Langho, Barnoldswick, and Wilpshire. If you’d like any more information on our products, get in touch – we’d love to hear from you! You can give us a call at 01254 236994, or you can send us an email at We’re more than happy to help!