December 03, 2021
After building your outdoor deck, deck railings are a key component of your outdoor deck design as a safety feature.
Choosing a deck railing idea not only provides safety and security for your family, but it can also be a great addition to your deck design project. In fact, the deck railing systems are the first thing you see when viewed from a distance. With this in mind, you can choose a railing system that matches your outdoor deck.
Deck railings come in a variety of styles and can be used with a variety of architectural categories. It is important to choose a railing that fits the style of your deck and house to help you create a unique and eye-catching look. For this reason, you need to take the time to find the right railing and other components to integrate the look. Explore different designs, get inspired, and then find the perfect material for your deck rails.
No matter what railing you choose, there are some general building codes to follow. Railings are required on decks that are 30 inches or higher above grade, railings must be at least 36 inches high, and the distance between railings must not exceed 4 inches. Adhering to these building codes will better protect your family’s safety.
Composite deck railings come in a variety of styles and colors and are virtually maintenance-free. Railing kits include posts, rails, balusters, and connectors. Composite railing is very easy to install, even if you have no installation experience, you can do it yourself DIY by following the installation instructions.
The composite railing has excellent environmental adaptability and can save a lot of maintenance time and labor costs later. Composite railing and matching components are easily available at home improvement centers for $25 to $30 per linear foot.
Glass railings are a good idea for the beach because they are relatively easy to clean, and you also have the option of using glass railings on the mountain. While you relax on the mountain, glass panels provide protection from the cold wind. They also provide an unobstructed panoramic view of the mountains, offering you an unobstructed panoramic mountain view in the valley. They are easy to clean and easy to use.
Glass balusters are a very expensive deck railing system, with glass balusters costing $40 to $60 per linear foot. Although glass railings are costly, they can provide a very chic view. Glass balustrades require tempered, shatterproof safety glass, but check your local building codes for glass balustrades before building them.
Metal deck railings are made of powder-coated aluminum or steel. Both are strong, but only aluminum is rust-resistant. Also, metal railings can easily become very hot in the sun and can easily burn your skin. If you live in an area with high year-round temperatures, it is recommended that you use a composite railing. Metal deck railings, which may be found in home improvement centers, cost $30 to $40 per linear foot.
The look of the bronze railing complements the rich tones of natural wood, bringing a beautiful tonal style to your deck. The bronze railing creates a stunning natural contrast with the greenery overlooking the tree-lined yard. This timeless style of aluminum railing is complemented by a more rustic and elegant décor.
Sturdy brushed aluminum balusters bring a modern touch to the décor. For a fresh, modern look, pair aluminum railings with natural-looking accents in neutral tones.
Clean and simple black aluminum railing brings a timeless look to decks. Black railings and balusters can be paired with almost any style of deck, allowing you to refresh your look with a simple furniture or décor change.
Unique curved balusters can be used with almost any style of trim material. It’s a rustic style deck with a sleek look that matches the composite railing overlooking the pool. The composite railing has an almost monochromatic style. The natural look of the trim and the brushed sheen of the railing adds to this look.
The softly curved composite railing complements the same tonal pattern on the large circular deck. The dark bronze composite railing pops with the dark composite decking. The curve of the railing not only gives the deck a jaw-dropping look but enhances the tone of the deck with different shades of brown.
Wooden railings are also widely used, but the subsequent maintenance is usually a pain in the ass. The cost of wood railing depends on the type of wood, with pressure-treated wood being the most economical, costing about $10 per linear foot. Tropical hardwoods, on the other hand, often cost five times as much as pressure-treated lumber.
Wicker and rattan furniture can enhance the wow factor of a gorgeous deck and make it more attractive. The contrasting tones in the wicker furniture weave can complement the light and dark tones of wood flooring and railing components, pulling the look together. Cushions and throws can add color to a relaxing backyard oasis.
Horizontal railings look great on raised or roof decks, providing a modern outdoor style. Keep the look casual and elegant, with decor that keeps the clean lines consistent throughout the outdoor space. Take some classic outdoor decorative elements, such as wicker deck furniture and large potted plants, and give them a modern feel to complement the linear look of the railing. The result is a stylish outdoor space with a sleek deck railing.
If you frequently host parties, cocktail rails can add appeal to your deck. This style of railing utilizes the deck as the top of the railing and also provides a color-coordinated look to match your railing to your deck. At the same time, cocktail racks provide a wide, flat surface for you to place your drinks or wine while you enjoy your time outdoors.
Adding lighting to the deck railing is beautiful and functional, and the addition of LED riser lights illuminates dark areas so you can easily see where you’re going. The lights arranged in a pattern on either side of each step add an elegant charm to the staircase.
Deck railing mounted lighting can be placed at the top of the post, but can also be mounted on the side of the post or even on the balustrade. When installing lighting on a wood railing, you will need to cut holes and channels to run wires. With metal components, you can usually simply wire inside the post sleeve with little to no cutting required.