Decks and Railings
Decks are a very attractive feature of a home. They are a great place for people kick back and relax after a stressful day, enjoy a barbecue with friends and family or watch the sun set before you retire for the night. No matter what you use them for, they are definitely a welcome addition to any home.
When it comes to the actual design and layout of decks, most people get hung up on how big the deck is and the square footage when there are many additional elements, specifically deck railings, which have a major impact on the overall look and design of your deck.
“Art Metal were very professional in their dealings with us. We had previously tried to work with a couple other railings companies and after waiting weeks and not even receiving a quote, it was a real pleasure dealing with Art Metal. They followed design guidelines and when at first, there was a misunderstanding in color requirements, they changed the color without any fuss. We were very pleased and look forward to working with them again on our front yard railings.”- Sumathi Pundit from Toronto
Deck railing options
Deck rails and an effective railing system for decks can take your deck from having a normal or typical design to creating something that is unique and will catch the eye of everyone that sees it.
Outside of the actual layout and use of deck rails in the design, one of the biggest considerations for decks and railings is the material that is used. While deck railing designs are commonly thought of to be mainly comprised of wood, there are a number of other materials that are often used as part of the railing designs for decks. They include:
- Wrought Iron deck railings: While these are by far the most expensive option, they are also the most durable and will last the longest. It is also lighter than most materials that are used for decks and can also help increase the resale value of your home.
- Metal deck railings: Metal and iron railings for decks are in the same vein as aluminum. Metal railings for decks tend to be a more expensive, but longer lasting option. However, they are also heavier than aluminum, but a metal deck railing is still a great choice for commercial buildings or decks that will get a considerable amount of use.
With these deck rail materials in mind, there are a number of things that you should consider when make the final decision about the deck rail material you are going to use:
- Availability: Is the material you want to use for your deck rail ideas readily available in your area. If not, you may have to place a special order.
- Cohesiveness: Does the material make sense with the design of you home? Does it fit structurally and aesthetically?
- Budget: Your budget will play a large impact on the materials that you can use for your deck railing ideas. Set your budget first before looking at materials.
- Installation: Depending on the complexity of your deck design as well as the material used, special installation may be required. This could impact the cost and time needed to complete the build.
- Life span: The durability of your deck is often dependant on the material you use. Make sure you understand how long you can expect your deck to last and how it may factor in if you plan on selling your home down the road.
- Deck maintenance: Maintenance is a huge consideration when it comes to your deck. Make sure that you fully understand how much maintenance is required. How involved in the process, will you be able to do it yourself, and will you need to hire a professional for proper maintenance?
Deck railing styles
While most people may think that the railing for decks are not that important, creative deck railings can give your deck that wow factor that will give it that complete look. Rails are not just for preventing people from falling and acting as a safety mechanism. When it comes to deck stair railing and deck hand rails, people need to give careful thought about the railing style they use to complete the look of their deck.
Here are some railing styles to think about:
- Rail-less decks: Some people think that since their deck is close to the ground they do not need railings on their deck. However, building codes will vary based on where you live and home owners need to make sure their design fits within the building code.
- Wooden deck railing styles: This is the most common form of deck railing. This standard option is not only cost effective, but also has a great look and will age at the same rate as the rest of the wood on your deck. Some people also use composite railings or have their railings crafted into many different patterns to give their deck a unique look.
- Glass deck railings: This expensive option will definitely give your deck a unique look. With options of entire glass panels or balusters made of glass, there are a few style options that can be used if glass is something you want to include in your deck design.
- Custom railing options: When it comes to custom options, there is really no limit as to what you can use for railings. Custom rails can be made from almost any material or combination of materials and can be fabricated to create unique styles and designs.
Deck railings put the finishing touch on your deck. So, make sure you take the time to put the finishing touch on your deck design plans by selecting a railing that is the perfect fit for your deck.