Deck Railing Styles, Designs and Options
Over the last ten 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 find local suppliers who can assist you in pricing, planning and ordering your materials by clicking on the links below.
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. Unlike wood, aluminum balusters don't need to be stained or painted.
Install baroque-style balusters to provide a classical European look to your deck for a fraction of the price. These balusters are available in white, bronze and black for 36" and 42" high guardrails.
Using aluminum deck railing balusters is a great way to add some style to your deck. Choose from a variety of colors and styles, such as classic, baroque, arc, estate and traditional. These railing systems are a breeze to install, require virtually no maintenance and will make your deck stand out from your neighbors. A beautiful railing can make a huge difference on any deck project.
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 ten 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.
Open up your view. Use glass deck railing panels to showcase your yard and landscaping with three unique shades of shatterproof glass (clear, bronze and smoke) for 36" and 42" rails.
Glass and cable railing systems are a great choice for a deck with a view. Both systems 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 a 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 industrial aesthetic to your deck. With cable rails, you can preserve views and breezes on 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.