This is a question commonly asked by people who are about to invest in their home or office design, construction or renovation. According to the leading architectural firm of Pakistan, Amer Adnan Associates, the answer to this question lies in the kind of investment you’re willing to part with and what design you have in mind in regards to your space. If we keep personal preferences aside, there are other factors that need to be considered before you can make a choice between the steel and wooden railings for your house/office. For instance, budget, longevity of material, installation cost and time, and much more. The modern home construction companies in Pakistan suggest that any house that needs to become a home, it is crucial that its elements come together seamlessly to display grace, warmth and unity. This will be in respect to the structure, design and most importantly, durability. For majority of homeowners, the first home that is constructed will be a residence for at least one or two generations. So every detail has to be mapped out and thought out thoroughly.
In this article, we will focus on why a majority of architectural services in Lahore and nationwide recommend steel railings over the wooden railings.
Durability to Withstand Forces of Nature
No matter where the steel railings are installed, be it stairs or be it in the balconies; they will always be durable enough to withstand direct exposure to sunlight, rain, storms and other natural destructive forces. The wooden railings, on the other hand, would require a great deal of care and maintenance. This includes polishing at least twice a year, spraying with chemicals to protect against pesticides and constant cleaning to avoid development of mold/fungus during the humid weather. In case of steel railings, all that is required is a wipe to clean and restore it to its original form and sheen.
Economical Than Its Wooden Counterpart
Due to overproduction of steel, the steel railings cost considerably less than its wooden counterpart. They are manufactured in factories in assembly lines and always made in bulk, which is why the end price is always cheaper than wooden railings. On the contrary, the wooden railings may get expensive depending on the type and quality of wood being used. Moreover, the additional cost of skilled craftsmanship in case of details motifs and designs will cost you extra. Ideally, any material utilized in construction in Lahore or any other city for that matter will automatically have the price at the cheaper end if it is manufactured and purchased in bulk.
Easier to Install and Maintain Over Time
When it comes to installation, steel railings are far easier to install than wooden railings. The entire unit can be assembled on site with ease. Unlike wooden railings, none of its components require building it onsite. Instead, steel railings can be brought onsite straight from the vendor to be installed within a very reasonable timeframe as opposed to making a pretend workshop for wooden ones. Steel railings contain spare parts, screws, nuts, bolts, etc., all things that can be assembled and disassembled at the request and requirement of the client. It is feasible if you wish to relocate and use existing railings at your new home/office.
Ethical Responsibility towards the Planet
Apart from all the reasons mentioned above that go in favor of steel railings over wooden ones, the biggest and most critical reason is the wood used. It is usually mahogany or oak, which are heralded as environmental and historical treasures of the forests. Every time you choose wooden railing over steel, you are becoming an unintentional accomplice and contributing to deforestation which is gradually destroying our planet. The final choice, as always, remains in the hands of the homeowners who want to spend their money on every aspect of the house/office, from construction till the end which is interior design. The burden of choice remains with you.