Deck railing completes the aesthetic appeal of your deck and also provides much-needed safety. Deck railing is available in a wide range of styles and materials for you to choose from. The right deck railing will be both functional and complimentary to the style of your deck and your home's exterior. Here is an overview of the pros and cons of three common deck railing designs.
Composite railing is another name for vinyl railing. Vinyl is sometimes referred to as composite because it is a blend of PVC vinyl and wood fiber. Composite railing has become popular in modern homes as a more affordable and low-maintenance alternative to wood. Composite railing can be painted or stained to mimic the appearance of wood without the risk of rot or mold associated with wood railing.
Composite railing is not without its downsides. Composite vinyl is long-lasting but has significantly lower structural strength than wood or metal. If you need a railing that can provide high-impact resistance, composite isn't the best choice.
Cable railing systems feature high-tension steel cables instead of traditional pickets or spindles. Posts between cables can be made of a variety of materials, such as composite, wood, steel, or aluminum. As you would imagine, cable railings require very little maintenance or cleaning and can last for decades. Cable railing is easier to transport and install because it is lighter than other railing systems.
Some manufacturers offer reduced installation costs for cable railings since labor requirements are lower. However, the downside to this is that professional installation is almost always necessary. You should rely on trained contractors to install your cable railing at the proper tension and with the necessary safety precautions. People who are DIY-oriented may be more interested in other railing systems that support installation by the homeowner.
Glass Panel Railing
Glass panel deck railing is perhaps the most modern-looking option. These railing systems feature glass panel infills, framed most often with composite, steel, or aluminum. Some designs feature frosted glass to help provide a level of privacy for your deck railing.
Glass panels are heavy and prone to breaking if dropped during installation. While you can install glass panel deck railing yourself, this style also benefits from professional installation. Glass panels are a premium deck railing option, so up-front costs will be higher compared to other types of deck railings.
If you're looking for the right railing to complete your new deck, you certainly have no shortage of options to meet your tastes. Contact a local contractor to learn more about deck railings.Share