The railing that surrounds a deck can set the tone and style for this outdoor space. There are several different materials from which to choose as well as many design options available to the homeowner. The following are the most common options your contractor will offer.
Composite Deck Railings
Composite deck railings are the most popular choice among homeowners in deck railing due to the low maintenance it requires. It holds up well in any climate, and it looks like real wood even though it is made of wood particles like mulch and sawdust mixed with plastic. There is a wide range of colors available for this type of material.
Wood Deck Railings
These are a traditional choice that comes in many varieties. Pressure-treated rails hold up well against moisture and can be painted or stained. Cedar is rot resistant while Mahogany provides a rich color. Among the types of wood, redwood is the most durable. Design options for wood railings include traditional, interlocking patterns, sunburst designs, and lattice patterns. Seating is also an option that you can choose to add to wooden railings.
Metal Deck Railings
Metal railings look best on modern or industrial homes. There are three types from which you can choose: steel is a common building material but it can rust; aluminum is rust-proof with minimal upkeep needed; and, wrought iron looks beautiful on Victorian houses. Design options include arched balusters, cable railing, and scroll railing. A railing contractor can help the homeowner pick which is best for their house.