Comparing Styles of Deck Railing

A new deck railing for protection.

Before all else, deck railing is in place for safety. The railing is a structural barrier to protect you, your family, or your pets from falling off the deck. But not all railings are the same. While they all serve the primary purpose of safety, there are many styles of deck railing, and you can choose which one would work best with your new deck.

Sticking with a wood railing that matches the wood of your deck is never a bad choice. There is a reason that you often see deck railings match the deck, and that is because the styles will match and the costs are lower. However, wood deck railings may need more attention in maintenance, and may need to be replaced more often.

Perhaps the wood railing isn’t your style, which is alright. There are many great options that you can consider helping make your new deck unique. One of the popular choices is aluminum railing, which won’t rust like iron, and can be painted any color. A drawback of aluminum is its softness, which makes it easier to dent, chip, or scratch.

Even if iron is susceptible to rusting, it is much stronger than aluminum, and can provide an old-fashioned look to a deck. The cost may be a bit more than aluminum also, and maintenance to help protect against the rust may be needed.

The most visible part of the deck is the railing, and if you want a minimalistic view with a modern look, consider cable railing. Cable railing is a relatively inexpensive option, and can create an illusion of more space. 

Custom railing options also provide more ways to make your space your own, and additional accessories can add more safety and functionality. For instance, you can add a gate with a lock to your railing, or incorporate lighting that is mounted to the posts. 

Safety takes priority over all else, which makes your railing essential for your new deck. When you want to consider all of your options, including style and functionality, the builders at Precision Decks and Sunrooms can help guide you through the process, and give you all the advice you need.

At Precision Decks and Sunrooms, all of our projects bring the strength and durability that you would expect with a fresh addition. For more information on deck railings and which railing is best for your new deck, call Precision Decks and Sunrooms today at 616-874-2300. As a premier remodeling company, it is our duty to provide the customer with their dream construction.

 

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