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Deck Railing Designs

Over the last 10 years the deck industry has developed a variety of attractive rail systems. Because your deck's rails will be one of the most visible features of your new deck, it is important to choose a rail that complements your decking material and the style and color scheme of your house. Consumers have many choices of colors, styles and accessories to provide greater flexibility in design. Many railing systems are built from composite or metal, both of which offer the advantage of low maintenance. Glass railings and cable rails are attractive because they preserve views. Deck rails can vary in price from about $15 per linear foot for a standard pressure treated wood rail to over $125 dollars per linear foot for a manufactured glass railing system.

Because railings are such an important design feature for any deck, we recommend spending some time researching your options and allowing some room in your budget for a railing that suits your taste.  Most railing systems are sold as kits and are fairly easy to install.  You can learn more about how each system is installed or to find local suppliers who can assist you in pricing, planning and ordering your materials by clicking on the links below.

Metal Balusters

Baroque Style Balusters

Our Sponsor - Deckorators Railings Install baroque style balusters to provide a classical European style to your deck for a fraction of the price. These balusters are available in white, bronze and black for 36" and 42" high guard rails.

Deckorators Classic Balusters

Our Sponsor - Deckorators Railings Using aluminum deck railing balusters in a great way to add some style to your deck. Choose from a variety of colors and classic, baroque, arc, estate and traditional styles. These railing systems are a breeze to install and require virtually no maintenance. Stand out from your neighbors. A beautiful railing can make a huge difference on any deck project

Fortress Railing Balusters

Our Sponsor - Fortress Iron railings Make your deck unique by installing designer aluminum deck railing balusters. These rail systems are easy to install, are affordable and look beautiful. Most of the back breaking labor involved in staining a wood deck is from painting all the surfaces of the rail balusters.

Fortress Vienna Balusters

Our Sponsor - Fortress Iron railings Install the Vienna baluster from Fortress Iron to create an old world style using traditional wrought iron. There are 2 attractive designs available in gloss black, antique bronze and black sand powder coated finishes. These 1" wide balusters are pre-galvanized include stainless steel screws and are easy to install.

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Installing powder coated aluminum or steel balusters is a cost effective way to add some style to your deck.  These pickets and balusters are usually sold in boxes of 10 and can be purchased with easy to install mounting hardware.  There are a variety of color options and styles including round, square, flat and baroque.  Metal balusters or pickets are commonly installed on wood railings but can also be used with some low maintenance railings.

Glass and Cable Railing Systems

Deckorators Scenic Contour and Scenic Frontier Glass Railings

Our Sponsor - Deckorators Railings This price competetive clear view system is offered in two attractive profiles. These systems are DIY friendly and available in clear and frosted glass for a range of aesthetic features.

Fortress Pureview Glass

Our Sponsor - Fortress Iron railings Open up your view. Use glass deck railing panels to showcase your yard and landscaping with 3 unique shades of shatterproof glass (clear, bronze, and smoke) for 36" and 42" rails. Pureveiew rails are easy to install and clean.

Railworks Frameless Glass

Our Sponsor - RailingWorks Create a seamless transition between the spaces of your outdoor living areas with Railing Works railings. Use large 4" posts and a variety of picket, glass and cable systems to compliment your house and deck design. The most advanced design for low maintenance living.

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Glass and Cable Railing systems are a great choice for a deck with a view.  Both system are practical, sleek and modern looking.  Glass railings are usually installed within an aluminum rail frame.  The tempered glass material is shatter resistant and has polished edge for safety.  Glass is often available in clear, gray and bronze tints.  Stainless steel cable rails are easy to install and provide an extraordinary industrial aesthetic to your deck.  With cable rails you can preserve views and breezes for hot summer afternoons.

Composite and Metal Railing Systems

CXT Composite Railing

Our Sponsor - Deckorators Railings This low maintenance railing system is co-extruded from two layers of materials for long-lasting performance and code-compliance.CXT uses Strandex technology on the interior and a low maintenance exterior cap stock. CXT Composite Railings are available in white and black. Choose from a contemporary, colonial and graspable profiles. This system is perfect for use with low voltage lighting.

Traditional Aluminum Railings from RailingWorks

Our Sponsor - RailingWorks Choose from 6 low maintenance colors to create a bold Architectural statement on your deck. These are available with square picket, belly picket, glass, cable, privacy and decorative styles. This system was designed to offer a variety of Architectural options that compliment classic wood railings. All traditional aluminum railings are sold with a lifetime warranty.

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Low maintenance materials are becoming more popular than ever.  Composite railing systems are manufactured to match the appearance of each companies lines of composite and vinyl decking materials. These systems are usually sold in easy to install 6' and 8' kits that are installed between 4x4 rail posts that are covered with post sleeves. Aluminum railing systems are available in a variety of colors and styles.  These systems are competitively priced, cool to the touch and easy to install.


Comments, Questions and Reviews


We have dog that stands at the patio door looking for rabbits in the backyards and then goes crazy scratching the wood frame trying to get out. I would like to find a deck railing that he cannot see through. Any ideas?

posted by Gera at 6/13/2015 1:52:09 PM

Am looking into the Atlantis rail system with the stainless steel railings. Can anyone tell me if these railings get too hot to touch in direct sunlight?

posted by Cmarie at 4/13/2015 3:11:58 PM

I am preparing to demolish my existing deck and build a new one. We are going to include three river rock columns in the design of our new deck. Here''s my question: What is the best way to attach beams, joists, railing, etc. to these columns? I have been searching for solutions, but haven''t found anything. The columns will be at the corner of the deck and on each side of the stairs. I appreciate any input or suggestions!

posted by Medford at 9/26/2013 11:04:41 PM