Feb 25, 2022

Types of Deck Railing You Can Install

A deck’s railing has a giant impact on the overall beauty of the space.  The material used and the configuration should be taken into consideration before making a final selection.  Here are deck railing ideas and what you need to know about the most popular options available.   

Wood Deck Railings  

Wood deck railings offer a traditional and rustic look.  Wood is easy to acquire and can be cut into a variety of shapes.  In addition, wood deck railings can be offered in an array of stain options that make it easy to customize the look of the deck.  However, even homeowners with wooden decks tend to opt for alternative railing materials.  That’s because wood deck railings need frequent staining to look their best.  Staining a deck railing is tedious and finding a professional that will perform this task in a cost-effective manner is challenging. 

wood deck

Metal Deck Railings  

Metal railings are a popular option because they provide a modern look.  The easiest metal railing to install are those that are welded.  This is because they do not need to be assembled.  Galvanized steel and aluminum railings are popular options because of their resistance to rust.  When it comes to strength, steel deck railings edge out aluminum ones.  Darker railings provide unobstructed views.

steel frame deck with TimberTech AZEK

Glass Deck Railings 

Glass deck railings systems work well on lake homes and on golf courses.  This type of deck railing provides a contemporary and upscale look, while providing clear views.  The glass used in deck railings is tempered, so there’s very little worry of it cracking or shattering.  It’s important to know that glass deck railings can come at premium pricing.  Glass deck railings also need cleaning on both sides to keep it looking its best. 

glass deck railing

Cable Deck Railings 

Cable railings are a unique option that can make a deck stand apart from others.  They offer expanded views.  It’s important to know that cable deck railings can loosen and lose over time.  Cables can also break if children climb on them. 

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After zeroing in on the type of deck railing material you want, consider the railing angle.  Horizontal deck railings elongate a deck and make it look wider and larger than it may be.  This is due to the fence-like appearance it provides.  Vertical deck railings work well in backyards with lots of towering trees and tall architectural features.  That’s because the configuration will draw the eyes upward.   Horizontal railings need fewer fasteners and connectors than vertical railings, making them cheaper to install.  There are more choices for horizontal railing materials than vertical deck railing materials.  Vertical railings offer less obstructed views while horizontal deck railings offer more privacy.  Horizontal railings can also be dangerous for families with small children because they are easy to climb.  Vertical rails are cheaper to replace than horizontal rails because they utilize less material.  In terms of durability, horizontal railings weather easier in the sun and rain, especially when they are made from wood. 

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Our Deck Installation Reviews:

"Deck looks nice.  Thank you!"

Hector G.
Minneapolis, MN
November 10, 2022

"We love our new deck! Triston and Dylan worked hard and did a nice job. They were responsive to any request or thought I had about logistics too. Thanks so much!"

Patti A.
Plymouth, MN
October 13, 2022

"Lindus Construction added a landing and steps to our 2nd floor exterior deck. They completed sooner than promised and did an outstanding job. The materials used are top notch, the construction was done with very good quality, and they look beautiful while being very sturdy. Everything was to code and the post construction inspection found no problems. I'm glad I chose them!"

Mark M.
Brooklyn Park, MN
October 3, 2022

"You have gone the extra mile for us. Thank you - what a great worker Lindus has! "We have enjoyed having you here."

Jay M.
Lindstrom, MN
September 30, 2022

"My wood deck separated from the house. They removed it and replaced it with a beautiful new maintenance-free deck." 

Ron S.
Bloomington, MN
September 29, 2022

"We had Lindus do our roof in Plymouth in 2020 and a deck replacement on our home in 2021 to 2022 over winter. Everything was done on time, correctly and for a reasonable price, (not inexpensive but material chosen a large factor in that.) The old adage you get what you pay for applies to construction work and Lindus provided good value."

Mark M.
Plymouth, MN
July 7, 2022
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