Railings are the most visible aspect of a deck as they are seen from the deck proper, from the yard, and often from a home’s interior. At Ring’s End deck showrooms, you can assess many railing options that can add style and functionality to your deck. Railings are also an important safety feature; our experienced sales people are great resources for learning how proper railing materials and design can add safety and stability to your deck.
Types of Railing
Balusters are the vertical members that connect the bottom rail to the handrail. They come in straight-sided and turned profiles and are available in many materials.
Newels / Posts
Newels, a bit larger and often more decorative than balusters, are found at key structural points of a railing, such as the beginning or ending of a flight of stairs.
These moulded objects can ‘top off’ newel posts, adding visual impact and definition to a railing system. They can also be equipped with lights.
Rails / Handrails
Handrails are the horizontal members forming the top of a railing system. Available in many profiles and materials, they add safety, stability, and beauty to a deck. Bottom rails are often raised from the deck surface to allow sweeping space for easy maintenance.
Made of weather-tough stainless steel, cable assemblies are a popular infill option to ensure an unobstructed view coupled with durability and ease-of-maintenance.
These prefabricated systems are available in many size modules. They come with all necessary railing components and hardware as well as detailed instructions.
Composite railings, available in many styles and finishes, are extremely durable, as they resist rot, mildew, insect infestation, and fading.
IPE hardwood railing gives the beauty of genuine wood with the advantages of natural resistance to wear, rot, splintering, and insects.
Weather and the constant forces of nature are wood’s worst enemies. In the 1920’s Karl Wolman invented a way to infuse wood with chemicals to make the wood resistant to rot as well as insect and fungus damage. Wolman’s process forces preservatives into the wood under very high pressure, hence the name pressure-treated lumber.
PVC can be cut, coped, milled, and drilled just like wood without the maintenance and weather-related problems wood railings can entail. This material is an excellent choice for detailed classic designs.
Cedar is a popular decking material here in the Northeast. It is easy to work with and weathers beautifully, and it provides a non-toxic wood for bare feet and hands.
Stainless steel cables are a wonderful solution for enhancing a view and adding a contemporary look to a deck. They can be used in place of balusters with wood, synthetic, or metal handrails and bottom rails.
Features of Railing
- Lighting Adding lighted post caps, under-rail lighting, or riser lights extends the time you can enjoy your deck and increases safety for your family and friends.
- Curves Certain railings, such as Intex’s Hampton line, can be bent to a custom radius for maximum architectural versatility.
- Infill Options In place of standard balusters, one might choose decorative openwork panels, steel cables, even clear acrylic panels.
- Lattice Lattice not only is used to screen the empty space between a raised deck and the ground; it can also be added to railing in order to provide a privacy screen.
How to Choose Deck Railings
Usually people select railing materials that match decking materials: wood rails for wood decks, composite rails for composite decks, PVC rails for PVC decks. Sometimes, though, a contrasting material provides an aesthetically pleasing experience, as does a contrasting color. As you plan the deck railing, consider how unobstructed a view you want, ease of maintenance, and what extra features – such as lighting or privacy lattice – would increase your enjoyment of the deck.
Remember to comply with applicable building codes. For safety reasons, these often specify the height and spacing of balusters. HOA codes can also limit railing materials and colors to conform to the neighborhood aesthetic.
The Railing We Stock
Trademark Railing Systems by Azek
All rail kits come with necessary hardware and detailed instructions.
Type Size SKU Rail Kit 6’ x 36” PRAIL6 Rail Kit 8’ x 36” PRAIL8 Rail Kit 6’ x 42” PRAIL42 Post Sleeve 5-1/5" x 5-1/2" x 39” SLEEVE5 Post Sleeve 5-1/2" x 5-1/2" x 54” SLEEV54 Post Sleeve 5-1/2" x 5-1/2" x 144” PPORCH Flat Post Cap 5-1/2" Pyramid Post Cap PFLAT5 Island Post Cap 5-1/2" Island Post Cap ISLAND5 Post Skirt 5-1/2" Post Skirt PSKIRT5 Surface Mount Support 4" Secure Post Mount PMOUNT Hardware Kit Universal WBH
Hampton Extruded Rail System by Intex
Type SKU HRAIL6 6’ Rail Kit w/ 13 Balusters HRAIL8 8’ Rail Kit w/ 18 Balusters HRAIL10 10' Rail Kit w/ 23 Balusters HPOST 5” x 48” Post Sleeve HCAP Plain Newel Cap HPCAP Pyramid Newel Cap HSKIRT WM75 Base Trim Ring HHDW Straight Rail Bracket Kit HSHDW Stair Rail Bracket Kit HSPAC 6' Screw Pack