Tips on Choosing a Deck Railing Design
There are so many fantastic
deck railing designs
to choose from, it’s hard to know where to start! Deck railings come in natural
timber, wood composite materials, wrought iron, aluminum, and even transparent
glass, in an endless variety of styles, shapes and colors.
The deck railing design you choose will have a major impact on the curb
appeal of your home. In fact,
installing new deck railings is like giving your home a mini facelift so the
design you choose is very important!
The three most important things to consider when
choosing deck railings.
1. The architectural style of your home.
Does your home have a sleek, modern look, or does it have more of an
old-world feel? Would a simple, unadorned style of railing work best, or
something more ornate?
2. Do you want to see your view?
Of course, if the view from your deck is not so appealing, choosing an
attractive deck railing will improve the outlook from inside your home, as
well as your home’s exterior appearance.
If you have a view you want to see, there are lots of great options.
Transparent glass deck rails are virtually invisible and create minimal
interruption to your view. This is a particularly good option if you have kids
around, or people in wheelchairs who may not be able to see over the railing.
3. Safety first!
Your local authorities will provide safety guidelines and requirements to
help you ensure your deck railings are safe.
The minimum height for a deck railing will generally be around thirty six
inches, and the balusters shouldn’t be less than six inches apart. The deck
rail posts should be no more than about seventy two inches apart, and they
should be attached to the frame of the deck, not the deck surface.
For more information on deck railing please read these articles:
Changing Your Deck Railings
Glass Deck Rails