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Common Deck Railing Questions

June 15, 2015

Deck Railing Questions

Owning a home is a joy but it also requires regular maintenance and upkeep. Very often owners focus more on the inside of their home and overlook the exterior. But we highly encourage you to focus equally on both the interior and exterior of your home. The beginning of the summer season is right around the corner which means lots of outside gatherings and barbeques at your home. Is your deck ready? Not only should you be concerned with the esthetics of your deck but you want to ask yourself,
” Is it safe?”

What to Consider

  • Does your Deck Have a railing? – Having a deck railing is essential to creating a safe deck. Although building codes differ from state to state, it is generally recommended that a deck higher than 30” above grade should have a deck railing 36” or above in height.
  • Deck Railings

  • Deck Railing Options – Before you consider deck construction think about the design. You want to be sure this deck adds some beauty and monetary value to your home. To start look through a few home décor magazines or online photo galleries to get a few ideas. Other things to consider:
    • Style of your home
    • The view or lack thereof from where the deck would be positioned.
    • Maintenance – If looking for low maintenance product composite railings are a great option.

Composite Railings

Composite railings are great because they require no staining, refinishing or repainting. In addition they are very easy to clean. There are several types of composite railings available.

  • Horizon Railing – Comes in four different colors: black, white, bronze, and dark walnut. It can work with a variety of infill’s and it is great option if you want something that stands the test of time. It is a flat top rail.
  • Natural Railing – If you desire a natural wood finish without the work it takes to maintain its beauty; this is your railing. It comes in two different tones: redwood and mahogany.
  • Symmetry Railing – This state-of-the-art composite is top flat rail with an aluminum sub rail. If you are looking for elegance you want to consider this railing. It comes with a matte finish and refined lines.

These are just a few options for our Pittsburgh customers looking into deck construction work. We would love to discuss more options and answer any questions you may have. Give us a call today!