What You Should Know About Deck Railings

Deck railings are one of the most overlooked parts of a deck. It's easy to think, it's just the railing, right? But what you have on your deck can be an extension of your hard work in building the actual deck structure. The material, color, and design are all variables that can make the deck railing fit into your home's design. The following information will help you choose the right railing for your project:

Understand the Basics

Deck railings provide safety and style to your deck. Railings help prevent falls from your deck and protect your guests or family members. During the installation process, it is important to make sure that the railing is sturdy enough to prevent falls. Deck railings typically consist of horizontal or vertical bars, with spindles, posts, and cross rails joining these bars together. Railings are typically made from wood, vinyl, or aluminum; however, depending on the type of railing you choose, you may need a permit.

Choosing Railing Materials

When you are looking for handrails for your deck, there are various options, starting with the materials. The materials can be used for round or square designs for your deck railings. Options for handrail materials include:

  • Wood handrails—They are made out of wood and are usually painted the same color as the rest of the railing. Wood handrails are good for railings in houses and railings on concrete stairways.
  • Metal handrails—They are made out of metal, which is cheaper than wood. Some metal handrails are painted, some are unpainted. Metal handrails are good for railings on concrete stairs and railings on houses.
  • Picket railings—Picket railings are made of small, thin, rectangular pieces of wood. Picket railings are attractive, but they can also be dangerous because children can get caught between the pickets. Picket railings are also traditional and are available in many styles.
  • Wrought iron railings—Wrought iron railings are made out of wrought iron and are attractive, sturdy, and hard to break. Wrought iron railings are good for railings on houses because they are expensive and because wrought iron is heavy.

In addition, there are also options for vinyl and composite railings that can resemble wood or metal materials. The vinyl and composite are affordable, low-maintenance alternatives to traditional materials like wood and metal.

Deck Railing Colors

There are also various color choices to consider for your deck railing. If the railings are wood, there are various options for color tones that can give you the look you want for your deck. If you choose to use materials like vinyl or composite lumber, you will have more options for colors that can highlight the appearance of your deck.

Consider your home's design before choosing a railing for your deck. Contact a railing supplier to discuss these options for your deck project.