6 Deck Railing Options

November 3, 2022

If your custom home design includes a deck, you have some choices to make. You need to pick materials, design, and a railing. There are plenty of deck railing options available so you are sure to find something to fit your design choice. Here are a few deck railing options:

1. Wrought Iron Railing

Wrought iron railing is a unique, durable pick and comes in many designs. It can even be designed to reflect nature, such as branches, leaves, or billowy grasses. One of the benefits of a deck is that you can customize it; opting for nature-inspired design details like this will give your deck a seamless flow into nature.

This type of material is very strong and will not warp or fade over time. It also is less susceptible to rust than regular iron is. It can be painted to complement your home, or you can let the natural finish shine. Wrought iron is both easy to maintain and repair.

2. Horizontal Deck Railing

This type of railing is a great pick if you are looking for a modern deck design. Railing posts of your choosing are connected with a cable running horizontally. The thin cables almost disappear from view, giving you a seamless and modern look.

The stainless steel cables are durable and easy to maintain. You can choose whatever type of material for the railing posts so it can fit in with any style you desire for your deck. Vertical cables are also available if you prefer that style instead.

3. Pressure Treated Wood Deck Railing

If you want a classic wood deck look without the hassle of maintenance, consider using pressure-treated wood. Southern Yellow Pine is treated to be much more durable and resistant to insect damage and rotting.

Pressure-treated wood is smooth and has a nice, finished look. It can withstand severe weather and has built-in water repellant which helps to prevent cracking and warping.

4. Composite Deck Railing

Composite deck railing is made of recycled plastic and wood fibers. It’s a popular choice for several types of decks because it has the appearance of wood, but it’s made to be durable and last a long time. This type of material does not need much maintenance and doesn’t need to be re-stained or re-painted.

A composite deck does not warp, fade, crack, or twist. It’s also environmentally friendly as it can be recycled and no harmful chemicals are used in the treatment process or for maintenance.

5. Wooden Deck Railing

Wooden deck railings are the most traditional choice. However, even though it’s traditional and affordable, it isn’t necessarily the best option. Wood can fade and warp over time, especially if it’s not maintained properly. Wood should be sealed and treated, especially in harsh weather environments.

Popular wood choices include maple, mahogany, oak, and pine. Even though this type of railing requires a lot of maintenance, it’s easy to paint. This means your deck railing is easily customizable to liven up your deck’s design style.

6. Vinyl Deck Railing

Similar to composite deck railing, this type of railing is made from sturdy plastics. The vinyl is then put over wood to protect it. Vinyl deck railing requires little maintenance and upkeep.

This kind of railing is cost-effective and performs well in harsher climates. Plus, it’s customizable and can be manufactured to match any style, color, texture, etc. The smooth finish allows for easy cleaning and it does not fade, so it stays whatever color it is meant to be.

These are just a few types of deck railing options. You can also take interior stair railing design ideas and use them as inspiration for the outdoor railing for your deck. If you’re ready to make your dream home and deck a reality, contact Custom Home Group at 717-284-4090!