Deck Railings: The Finishing Touch

Posted in: Decks, Product Info, Home Improvement, Outdoor Living

compositedeck5.jpgDeck railings provide the finishing touch for your new deck. Safety, of course, is the practical consideration behind the installation of deck railings; however, when planning your deck and selecting a deck rail, consider the style and materials used in your home. The deck itself can be either wood or composite, depending on your preferences, but the rail should harmonize with your home's overall character. Choosing wisely from among the various deck railing styles is critical to the project from a design perspective.

compositedeck10.jpgSources of deck or porch rail ideas include other homes in your neighborhood, especially if one of your neighbors has done something exceptionally creative. Home and garden magazines, as well as Pinterest, can be rich sources of inspiration. Home shows are a terrific way to see the materials. Last, but not least, contact us for help in finding the perfect solution for your home.

Pressure treated wood rails and balusters remain the traditional and practical choice for homeowners who choose to invest in a wood deck. Depending on local building codes, decorative railing panels such as a sunburst or Chippendale panel can be inserted for interest and character. Planters, benches and arbors can be incorporated to create outdoor rooms as well as provide security. Like your wood deck, wood deck rails will need to be periodically cleaned and maintained to preserve the wood’s natural beauty.

Iron balusters are an alternative whose aesthetic appeal cannot be denied when combined with wood rails. Local building codes will determine how close the balusters need to be in order to prevent a safety hazard for small children and pets.

compositedeck1.jpgComposite and Vinyl
Composite and vinyl deck railings are virtually maintenance-free and are a must when choosing a composite or vinyl deck. They don’t split, rot or splinter. They never need to be painted, and they retain their beauty season after season. Combine with a pergola or arbor to create the ultimate space for outdoor dining.

When you consider the infinite number of possibilities of materials and how they might be configured, it becomes obvious that there is no reason you can't create the deck railing of your dreams. With a little research and planning, you can combine new materials with old, and high style with fun. Contact us to discover the perfect deck railing for you.

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