Deck Railing Options for Your New Home
Talk to your builder for professional advice about the typeof railing that will work with your needs and budget.
Inifinity Topless Railing: The Infinity topless railing system is completely unique and stunning advancement in aluminum and glass railings. This system is made from heavy gauge aluminum alloy extrusions and offers a variety of durable power coated finishes. It has no top or bottom rail which allows for unobstructed views. The rail system is very low maintenance in that there is no rusting, splintering, cracking, peeling or repainting. This type of railing system is one of the most durable (and more expensive) systems available.
Glass Railing: Glass railings are ideal if you want to maximize your view. If you’re considering glass, you have several options to choose from—solid glass panels, individual balusters made of tempered glass (or acrylic), or a combination of glass and another railing design, which gives you the view you desire at a lesser cost than a full glass railing. Wood, vinyl and aluminum railing systems can all be combined with glass panels to create an eye-catching railing design. A drawback to glass, aside from the cost, is the regular maintenance that’s required. Depending on weather conditions where you live, you may need to clean your glass railing more or less frequently.
Aluminum Railing: Aluminum railings are another low maintenance alternative for your deck. These railings are sturdy, lightweight and attractive, and they’re available in many different colours and styles to suit your needs. The powder coat finish is very durable and virtually maintenance free, as it won’t rust or peel.
Vinyl Railing: Vinyl or PVC railings are a popular alternative to wood. Handrails and balusters (pickets) are available in styles similar to wood railings, although colours are limited—white is by far the most popular. Vinyl is not quite as sturdy as wood, but it requires very little maintenance. Wash it off occasionally and it will continue to look great for years.
Wood Railing: Traditional 2x2 wood railings are the most common type of railing and the most cost effective. Vertical 2x2 pieces can be topped with 2x4 or 2x6 pieces, depending on the look you’d like to achieve. A 2x6 top railing has some added width and it can be placed over intermediate posts, making a stronger railing. Over time, wood railings will naturally need the same maintenance that the rest of a wooden deck will need.