At Carefree Decks and Patio Covers, we know that finding the perfect railing for your new deck is not always an easy task. But if you want a great cohesive look for your home, it is an important one. You don’t want to put a lot of thought and money and effort into building an awesome new deck only to have the effect ruined by a so-so or just plain ugly railing.
Because of the natural line of sight of a human, your guests’ eyes will be drawn to the railing first, making it an important piece of the first impression. To help you with this important task, Carefree Decks and Patio Covers have put together this helpful guide to make finding the perfect railing for your new deck a piece of cake.
Carefully Consider your Surroundings
Keep in mind that the overall look of your deck doesn’t just encompass the deck itself, but also includes everything in the vicinity. To get the best overall effect, you must consider everything around the area where you want to build the deck including proximity to the house (color and style of the house), the view or lack thereof, and the level of privacy that you desire.
For example, let’s say your backyard affords a majestic mountain view or a great spot to watch the sunset. You won’t want your man-made deck to get in the way of all that natural beauty so it is best to choose a thin railing in dark colors to minimize the appearance of the railing, blocking the views as little as possible. However, if your backyard is small and the neighbors are close, choosing a thicker railing is an excellent way to create a more feeling private space for you and your guests to enjoy.
Not all decking materials are created equal–some are more expensive than others, and some require more work and upkeep than others. For example, wood is classically beautiful but unfortunately can rot and decay faster than other materials. To slow that process you must keep up on re-staining and sealing it frequently, which can get to be a bit of a headache.
Glass might be great to see that view, but you will constantly have to clean the fingerprints and dust off of it if you want to be able to see the view through it. On the flip side composites, PVC and aluminum are all great options for versatility and easy maintenance. You only have to decide what is most important to you and what works best for your budget.
Consider Building Codes
This should go without saying, but not everyone thinks about it. When you are deciding on a deck railing design, be sure to check out your local building codes to ensure that what you want complies. Different areas have different codes, so what might work in one area won’t necessarily be allowed in another. It’s good to keep this in mind during the early stages, so you don’t get to the end of planning and realize you’ll have to start all over again because an integral part of your design doesn’t comply with one of the rules.
Of course, working with a reputable company like Carefree Decks will help with this tremendously. We make it our business to know the rules and ensure that we are playing by them and always advise our customers about possible violations. It’s just one of the ways that we can provide excellent service to our clients!
Consider Color and Style
This is the most fun part and where you get to express your personal brand of creativity. One of the great things about modern innovation is that the possibilities are virtually endless when creating the perfect color/style combination to perfectly accent your deck and your home. You can quite literally do almost anything you want. The frustrating thing is that with so many options it can feel overwhelming to many homeowners. Here, we offer a few basic design ideas to help narrow things down a little and get you started on the right track.
- Coordinate – This is the safe route for those who prefer a low-key and a risk-free design. Choose a deck and railing that are all the same color, and you can create a sophisticated, somewhat muted, classic look. This look is easy to pull off and easy to coordinate with the color of your house.
- Contrast – This is pretty much the opposite of coordinating. This idea consists of choosing a railing color that will stand out in stark contrast to your deck. For example, you might pair a white railing with a dark deck or a black railing with a lighter colored deck. Keep in mind, if you have a view you want to showcase, dark railings are exceptional for blending into the background and not drawing the eye away from the view.
- Mix and Match – This option of course is for the creatives out there who enjoy working with different colors and moods. This is where you can go crazy and really let your personality shine even in something as mundane as your deck. With all the color, style, and even texture options (depending on the material you choose) there is virtually no end to the combinations that you could create. For those of you that really want this look, but don’t know how to create it on your own, you can always talk to us here at Carefree Decks and one of our expert designers will help you create your vision–even if you don’t know exactly what you are envisioning yet.
That goes for all areas of deck design. We have been hard at work on this family-owned and operated business since 1995, so we are literally full of experience and ideas and can help you choose the perfect deck and railing for your home. Our staff is friendly and helpful and happy to answer any and all of your questions.
So, the next time that you focus on finding the perfect railing for your new deck, don’t hesitate to call us here at Carefree Decks and Patio Covers. We will get you on the right track quickly and you will have your dream deck designed, built, and installed before you know it! This is the perfect time to get started so that your deck will be all ready for summer barbecues once the weather warms up again this year.