How to Choose Deck Railings

Posted On 27th February 2015

Installing deck railings will not only make a residential property more attractive, but it can also increase the property value by improving curb appeal. In addition to an attractive look, railings provide support on porch stairs and protection on raised decks, helping to safeguard your family and friends.

So, how do you choose the right deck railings for your home? Here a few important questions and points to consider:

Do It Yourself (DIY) or hire a professional installer?

Many companies, including QUICKRAIL railing systems, offer DIY kits which make it easy for anyone to assemble. Most kits come complete with top rails, bottom rails, spindles, and mounting accessories, but if you are unsure check with the company prior to ordering to confirm you will receive everything needed for installation. If you would prefer to have a professional install your railing, remember to include the cost of installation when comparing pricing.

What type of material suits your home?

The material and design will affect the pricing so make sure to explore various options if the cost is an issue. Here are some options:

  • Cable railings provide a sleek, modern look, while offering the option of creating intricate designs.
  • PVC Railings offer multi-color options in a durable, low maintenance product suited to most climates.
  • Aluminum Railings remove the worry of excessive corrosion and rust. They are also flexible in terms of design or in adding additional sections to accommodate an extra stair, for example.
  • Wooden Railings create a beautiful, traditional look. However, they require a relatively high level of maintenance to keep them looking and performing their best.

Doing some research will help you to discover the material and style of railing best suited to your property and lifestyle.