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March 9, 2012 / woodrailing

snow on a railing

There’s a lot to like about this picture of a snowy metal railing. I like how the photographer captured the static, unyielding nature of the metal railing and managed to capture the active falling of the snow. The black metal really stands out against the white and grey field while the railing draws the viewer’s eye deeper into the subject.

Metal railing is usually made from steel. Most steel in use in the United States has recycled content. This may be an important factor in a railing choice. Tubular steel that is coated with an anodized paint is popular and in common use nationally. The tubular steel railing shown here is likely a safety barrier on a public facility. Guard rails should be designed with no more than a 4″ spacing between the balusters to prevent children from getting stuck in the balustrade.

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