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.

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 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.

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.

Building - Deck Railing Types