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What are wall top railings?

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Wall top railings are becoming increasingly popular at residential and commercial properties alike across the UK, and it’s arguably no wonder why. The name is self-explanatory to a degree – wall top railings are installed atop walls and fences, where they can help play a significant role in enhancing security, safety, and the overall aesthetics of a property. As experts in wrought iron railings and gates here at SL Wrought Iron, we have a fair bit of experience with wall top railings – so here are the essentials you need to know!

What are the key benefits of wall top railings?

Wall top railings fulfil a variety of useful roles, depending on the surroundings and circumstances in which they’re installed. Mainly, they act as formidable barriers, helping to prevent intrusion and unauthorised access. Most instances of trespassing are done by opportunists, and by creating a physical boundary, wall top railings make it that much more difficult to gain access without being caught – which means that the vast majority of would-be trespassers or thieves just won’t bother.

Besides their obvious security value, wall top railings can also play a pivotal role in ensuring safety, particularly in elevated areas such as balconies or terraces, where they can mitigate the risk of accidental falls. And of course, wall top railings contribute to the aesthetic appeal of a property, lending a touch of elegance and sophistication to its exterior design.

Design considerations for wall top railings

The design of wall top railings is a critical aspect that significantly influences their effectiveness and visual impact, so if you’re sizing them up for your own property, there are several key considerations that it’s worth taking into account.

Firstly, the height of the railings will need to comply with relevant building codes and regulations to ensure that they meet the required safety measures. Additionally, you’ll probably also want to think about the spacing between rails, as it not only enhances security, but also contributes to the overall aesthetic appeal of the railings.

And of course, from an aesthetic side. you can further elevate the design by incorporating decorative elements such as ornamental patterns or finials, adding character and charm to the railings while complementing the architectural style of the property. (If you need a bit of inspiration on how to decorate your wrought iron gates, you can check out the post we’ve written on that very subject – or our post on the three gate motifs you’ve probably seen, and the history behind them!)

Are there any maintenance requirements for wall top railings?

It’s true that it’s always a good idea to put a proper maintenance plan in place in order to maximise the longevity of your wall top railings. Happily though, they’re not terribly maintenance intensive, so mostly it’s only a matter of checking them once every couple of months or so. This includes regular cleaning to remove dirt and debris, as well as inspection for signs of corrosion or damage. On the rare occasions you do spot any actual damage, it’s worth getting it addressed as soon as you can, to prevent the issue from becoming worse – and potentially more expensive.

That’s all the essentials covered! If you have any questions or need any advice about dealing with wall top railings – or indeed any questions about our metal gates and railings – feel free to give us a call on 01254 236994, and we’ll be happy to see how we can help. We have more than 20 years of experience to our name, so you can count on our expert craftsmen to be able to answer your queries in as much or as little detail as you need.

Or, if you’re looking for a brand new set of wall top railings, you can take your pick from our extensive ranges, to suit all styles and settings, from Barnoldswick and Chatburn to Langho and Clitheroe. Why not take a look around our site, and see what you can find?