Selecting the Best Deck Railing Designs

Choose a Deck Railing System that Provides Functionality and Complementary Beauty

By Mark J. Donovan

Deck railing selection is often an afterthought with many homeowners building a deck. Instead they often focus their attention on the size of the deck and the type of decking material they plan to use. Unfortunately this is a huge mistake as the deck railing is the most visible deck item when viewing the deck from the backyard, home or curb. It’s even more unforgivable when you consider the wide variety of standard deck railing types that are available to choose from.

Look on-line and you can find a plethora of deck railing design options to choose from, and made from a wide assortment of materials, including wood, vinyl, glass, and wrought iron.

So when planning a deck make sure to spend some serious time thinking about the best deck railing system for it and your home. The deck railing should complement both, as well as be functional and safe. When selecting a deck railing first consider the style home.

If for example it is a large Adirondack home and the deck is to be facing a large body of water, then consider installing a glass deck railing system so that the deck railing doesn’t block the view of the lake. If on the other hand the style of your home and its proximity to adjacent neighboring homes suggests the need for privacy, then consider a deck railing system that blocks the views of the neighbors. There is also unique deck railing designs for various house styles including Victorian and Contemporary homes.  Selecting the Best Deck Railing Designs and railing material. Here is a composite deck railing system.

If you live in an arid climate you may also want to consider a wrought iron based deck railing system. A wrought iron deck railing system can provide unique beauty as it can easily be customized. In addition, a wrought iron deck railing system is great for minimizing blocked views.

Also, if you plan to use the deck in the evenings you may want to consider a deck railing solution that includes integrated electrical wiring for mounting lights on the deck railing posts. Many vinyl deck railing systems include channels for easily running electrical wire in them.

In addition, think about the sturdiness and ruggedness of the deck railing system when selecting one. The last thing you want to do is install is a good looking deck railing that cannot serve its main purpose, protecting the safety of its deck occupants.

Deck railing maintenance is another consideration you need to think about. Wood deck railing systems, as well as wrought iron ones, need to be properly preserved and maintained.

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This means every couple of years you’ll have to re-seal/re-stain the wood deck railing. Likewise, if you elect to install a wrought iron deck railing system, expect to have to sand and repaint it every couple of years as well.

For help on building a deck, see’s Deck Installation Bid Sheet. The Deck Installation Bid Sheet will teach your how to hire the right deck contractor, and help to ensure that your deck project is completed on time and budget.

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