Summertime home improvement projects often revolve around the deck because that is where everyone wants to spend their time. One of the most important parts of your deck is the railing. It’s what gives the deck personality and it’s the part of the deck that you’ll see most often as you are enjoying the view. Whether you’re building a new deck or updating an existing one, you’ll have many different deck rail systems to choose from. We’ll help you pick the deck railing that best meets your needs!
Deck rail systems can be broken down into three classes: Budget-friendly deck railing, midrange and high end.
Budget is important but so is the personality of your deck. Different types of deck rail systems will give your deck an entirely different look. Wood rails are the most flexible when it comes to design options. Traditional wood deck railing is normally woodsy, with plenty of rustic appeal, but you can also use wood to create beautiful sunburst designs or any other pattern you can imagine.
Metal deck rails, on the other hand, tend to go one of two ways: Either they are very contemporary, or they have an elegant, old-fashioned look. Cable rails, straight horizontal or vertical metal rails and metal rails with glass balusters all look very modern. Wrought iron, curvy metal balusters and other more complex designs usually (but not always!) come with a vintage look.
Composite rails are available in a variety of designs, allowing you to create any number of looks. Most commonly, however, you’ll find composite railing systems that have a traditional, formal look. Posts are smooth, topped with ornate caps and balusters are often straight or feature a traditional Colonial spindle design — a lot like those offered by Genovations.
The final thing to consider is the view. If you don’t mind having the view obstructed, then install a more ornate railing that is harder to see through. However, if you want to be able to lay back in a deck chair and admire the scenery, then you should definitely consider a railing system, like cable or metal and glass.
Even though your budget may be your primary consideration, you should also make sure to account for your deck’s looks and the way it may or may not interfere with the view into your backyard. You may find it worthwhile to save your money for a railing system that gives you the look and feel that you want along with less maintenance to worry about in the future.