Decks are great for relaxing with family, or hosting your neighbors for a barbeque. In order to build an outdoor living space that is safe and up to code, it may require adding a railing around it. Many people fear that adding a railing will take away from the deck’s visual appeal, but when done right, railings can actually be just what’s needed to pull the whole deck together.
Selection of the railing requires careful consideration of factors like your style, the height of the deck, and building codes, among other factors. Here are five types of popular deck railings to consider that are functional, stylish, safe, and modern:
As one of the most common types of railing used on decks, wood is a popular choice among homeowners. It’s loved for its versatility in design, and its beautiful natural finishes. The price of wood deck railings varies depending on the type of wood used.
Composite railings have grown in popularity over the years as they’ve become more natural looking, like wood. Composite is very low maintenance, pocket-friendly, and works perfectly with most decks. There are many options to choose from, so you’ll be able to find something that matches your deck’s look and feel.
Using metal railings is an affordable way to add a stylish look to your deck. Most of the popular metal railings we see are made of iron, steel, or powder-coated aluminum. Often combined with wood, these railing systems are pretty averagely priced, easy to maintain and make for a beautiful, rustic look.
Cable railing systems have become a top choice for homeowners that want to add a modern appeal to their decks. Their open design allows a view and a breeze into the deck. Cable rails are among the most expensive, but their durability compensates for the hefty price.
Glass railings are a popular option if the view from the deck is simply unbeatable. Glass panels can have decorative etchings or even tinted with polished edges for safety and a sleek appeal. Railing systems made of glass are quite expensive and require a significant amount of maintenance but for the views, it might be worth it!
Choosing any of the above types of railing systems depends on your budget, personal style, and deck functionality. Our project consultants are always ready to guide you through the process of selecting what’s best for you and your home – contact us today for a free consultation 617-969-4900.