Decks are designed and built to be used by many different individuals. Decks are used for spending time with loved ones outside, entertaining guests, enjoying delicious summer dinners and taking in the views your backyard has to offer. An outdoor railing for your deck is key to getting the most from the area.
Deck railings can help create a more complete, inviting and secure look within your deck space. The railing can also provide a safety boundary for the deck to protect from potential falls. Never overlook the importance of an outdoor deck or staircase railing.
There are a number of railing materials and styles to choose from. Each option has specific look, durability and or costs advantages. If you have any questions about what outdoor railing is right for your deck, contact and experienced decking contractor today.
Why Your Deck Needs A Railing
Outdoor railings not only make your deck look nice; they make the area safer and are a building code requirement for many decking projects. Decks that stand more than two feet above ground require a railing. Decks that are 1.2 metres away from any highly sloped ground also required a railing. Railings on deck staircases help prevent slips and falls. In regards to aesthetics and function your deck railing can block the wind, promote a luxurious feel to the deck and can be installed with materials that do not obscure your beautiful views in any way.
Types Of Railing Materials
Different deck railing materials can offer differing advantages. Some materials are more durable, some offer better wind protection and some offer cost advantages. Each of these following 3 materials can be customised or blended with others to make your perfect deck railing.
* Glass – Glass railings are made with beautiful panes of glass held in place with a number of posts. Glass railings are very customisable. The railing can use bottom and or top bars to provide a more structured look. A topless glass railing can be used to create a more modern and sleek railing design that does invade on your views in any way. Glass railing panels can also be raised to offer effective wind protection. Glass can be tinted in brown or grey tones, creating a more unique and private appeal. Glass railings are ideal for homes that back onto lakes or ravines that have wonderful views and may face above average wind levels.
* Aluminum – Aluminum railings are commonly made in a picket railing style. This means that several railing balusters, as well as top and bottom bars form the railing. Pickets can have custom tops to add a more personalised and upscale look to the railing. Balusters can be designed with crafted with straight, horizontal, spiral or other designs to further create a one-of-a-kind railing. Aluminum is very durable and requires much less maintenance than glass or wood railings.
* Wood Ð Wood railings are the most cost effective option. These railings are ideal for rural homes as they create a relaxing and rustic feel on the deck space. Wood railings can be stained, painted and coated with a number of sealants to promote increased railing longevity. Wood railings can become damaged more quickly than glass or aluminum in harsh Albertan winters.
* Blended Ð Blended railing styles are often the most personalised outdoor railing option. The term blended refers to a combination of two or more railing styles. For example, a blended railing can utilise aluminum balusters between wooden top and bottom bars.