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:

"Lindus was great to work with. We couldn’t be happier with our new deck."

Todd M.
Woodbury, MN
May 5, 2022

"I was out of state when the work was done so all I have seen is pictures. I can say this company is great with communication, returning calls, & scheduling. Always very friendly and professional. From what I can see in pictures, they did a great job on the deck!"

Sally M.
Excelsior, MN
April 18, 2022

"Deck replacement with composite materials. Staff was friendly and knowledgeable, on time and communication was good. The deck looks great!"

Marrielle & Fred O.
Shoreview, MN
November 22, 2021

"Roof done with excellent workmanship, great workers, roof and gutters done on time and in a day. We were out of town the day of roof construction but was done as agreed and the neighbors were impressed with the work and completion in a day. New deck is great with steel support system, and AZEK® decking. Country-wide steel shortage caused unplanned delay but not due to Lindus. When the supplies arrived the project started the next day. Well done."

James L.
Bloomington, MN
October 7, 2021

"Very happy with my new steel deck and LeafGuard® Gutters. Installed quickly and professionally. Everything looks great!  I would definitely recommend Lindus Construction."

Joanne S.
Woodbury, MN
October 7, 2021

"Lindus has been my partner for multiple home improvement projects including re-siding with beautiful LP® siding, installing LeafGuard® Gutters, re-roofing and more. Most recently, Tristan and his crew replaced my old wood deck with a beautiful maintenance-free deck. The crew was professional and did beautiful work. I am so pleased. Lindus is my go-to partner for my home's construction needs. Thanks, Lindus, for always living up to my very high expectations!"

Carol B.
Mahtomedi, MN
August 11, 2021
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