As one of the most visible elements of a deck, railing serves an important aesthetic and structural role – adding support, safety and style. Here are five expert tips for creating the perfect perimeter for your outdoor space.
When choosing deck railing, look for high-performance and low-maintenance materials, so that you’ll be able to spend more time relaxing on your deck rather than maintaining it. Although a classic option, wood railing requires frequent staining and sealing. Plus, wood is prone to rot and decay. Aluminum and composite offer durable, attractive, and versatile options that are easy to work with and maintain.
Selecting railing color and style should be fun, but it also can be overwhelming considering the myriad of options available. To simplify things, use one of the following approaches to achieve a successful decking and railing pairing:
For those who prefer to eliminate any guesswork from the process, we offer a handy Decking & Railing Duos tool on our website, which features designer-curated railing pairings for the brand’s most popular decking colors.
If you’re lucky enough to have a view beyond your deck, optimize it with aluminum railing that offers maximum strength with a minimalistic style. Designed to offer all the benefits of other horizontal baluster railing designs without the hassle of maintenance, Trex Signature® Rod Rail blends into the background, allowing your view to be the focal point. If scenic views are not the focus, opt for railing options that feature thicker posts and larger balusters to help enhance the privacy of your outdoor space.
One of the most popular trends right now – especially among homeowners who like to entertain outdoors - is “cocktail railing.” This design approach uses a deck board as a top rail to create a flat surface ledge at just the right height for holding drinks and plates. By using boards that match the decking, you can achieve a look that perfectly complements your home’s deck, while making great use of space.
Add to the beauty of your railing and lengthen the time you can spend enjoying your deck with discrete outdoor lighting that can be integrated on railing posts and caps. Not only will lighting set the mood, it also will add safety and security. Consider LED dimmer options or our Solar Post Cap Light to maximize energy efficiency.