You are planning your dream backyard deck and have made every important decision, from the square footage and materials to hiring an amazing contractor. However, before you start construction on the deck, there is another important decision you should not overlook: picking the perfect deck railing. If you are having trouble determining which deck railing is best for your needs and budget, here are a few simple tips to keep in mind.
Create a Budget
Before you start ordering supplies and hiring a contractor, you need to include the cost of the deck railing in your final budget. There are several factors that go into budgeting for the deck railing, including the materials, the height of the railing, and any extra added touches you want to include, such as high-end spindles or accessories, such as a drink rail.
In addition to the upfront cost, you need to factor in the long-term cost of upkeep. For example, unfinished wood railing is far more cost effective up-front. However, you also need to factor in the cost of refinishing and replacing the railing in the future.
Choose the Right Materials
There are several potential options available to construct your deck railing. Often, the same material that is used to construct the deck is also used for the railing. However, this is not always the case. Here are a few of the most popular options available for deck railing:
- Composite. A mixture of wood shavings, plastics, and other safe materials, composite is a great, low-maintenance option that cannot easily be damaged or warped.
- Wood. Another great option that is also durable and available in a variety of styles and colors, wood will last for several decades.
- Vinyl. A low-cost option, vinyl is durable and can easily be cleaned. Several homeowners choose to place vinyl sleeves over their wood or composite railing to add an extra layer of protection.
Cable railing is increasing in popularity because of its modern look and ease of maintenance. Additionally, because this railing is far thinner than other options, it does not obstruct the view of your backyard in the same way thicker composite or wood rails would.
Don't Forget to Factor in the Height of the Railing
Finally, the height of the railing is a huge consideration. Railing that is higher is a better option if you have small children or live with an elderly adult. Additionally, many states have laws concerning the minimum height of the railing on residential decks.
From the railing height to the materials and budget, there are several factors to consider when choosing the railing for your beautiful new backyard deck.
Reach out to a contractor to learn more about deck railing.