4 Deck Railing Considerations You Shouldn’t Ignore

deck railingAt Carefree Decks and Patio Covers, we realize that you’re likely more focused on the deck than the railing. After all, it’s just there for safety, right?

Well, let’s rethink that. 

If you want to create the perfect look for your outdoor space, the humble and functional deck rail deserves a bit of your attention.

After all, you don’t want to put a lot of thought, money and effort into building an amazing new deck only to have the final product ruined by ignoring these 4 deck railing considerations.

Consider that Gorgeous View

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 achieve the best overall effect, be sure to consider the surrounding area where you want to build the deck, including proximity to the house, your line of sight 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 new deck or the deck railing 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 and maximize the view.

However, if your backyard is small and the neighbors are close, choosing a thicker railing is an excellent way to create more private space for you and your guests to enjoy. Our experts can even help you mix railing types to give you the best of both worlds. 

Consider Your Deck Railing Materials

When it comes to railing considerations, remember that not all materials are created equal. Some are more of an investment 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 restaining and sealing frequently which can get to be a bit of a headache.

Glass inserts might be great to see that view, but remember that you’ll need 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 of your deck railing. You only have to decide what is most important to you and what works best for your budget.

Consider Covenants & Building Codes

This should go without saying, but not everyone thinks about it. Before getting started on the build, one of the key deck railing considerations is to ensure compliance.

Check out your local building codes in your specific areas. Different cities and counties often have different codes for building a deck, so what might work in one area won’t necessarily be allowed in another. 

If you live in a community with an HOA, you may also want to review your covenants. Many will require you to submit design plans to a committee for review. If you proceed without permission, you may face fines and possibly have to rip out your new deck and rebuild according to their 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 fun part.  Here, you can express your personal brand of creativity.

One of the great things 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 deck 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 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 a unique look, but don’t know how to create it on your own, you can always talk to us here at Carefree Decks. One of our expert designers will help you create your vision, even if you don’t know exactly what you’re envisioning yet.

So, when it comes to designing and building the perfect deck, with the ideal deck railing for your view and personal style, please 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 as quickly as possible. And don’t worry, there’s plenty of summer (and even fall) left to enjoy a fabulous new deck. 

Give us a call today to learn more and request your deck railing quote.