Ok so you’ve chosen your deck design and decking materials but now what? Well, it’s time to stylize your rails.
Stop here and spend some time examining your options.
Decks with no railing
Did you know that deck rails might be optional? If your deck is low-to-the-ground you can often skip the rails altogether. Local building codes and your personal circumstances will be the deciding factors.
Low Deck without Rails by Archadeck
When a deck is used by young children or elderly folks, railing — even if not dictated by local building codes — might be a real necessity.
Low Deck with Rails, St. Louis Mo, by Archadeck
And no matter the height of your deck, a rail with a gate is a must-have feature for many parents and pet owners, especially if their backyard isn’t fenced.
Benches as deck rails
If your deck is low or grade-level and railing isn’t required by local ordinances, built-in perimeter benches can be used to define and polish-off the edges while providing extra seating too. Benches as a rail substitute are particularly functional for small deck designs.
Low Deck without Railing and Corner Bench by Archadeck
Partial deck railing
Partial deck railings are often needed for safety; however, they can be used simply for style too. Safety-wise, even if your deck is just slightly raised, it’s best to install a handrail on one or both sides of the steps. Deck step rails will clearly mark an entrance/exit from a deck to the backyard and/or provide a grasping surface to eliminate falls.
Deck with Partial Rails for Safety, by Archadeck
Platform Deck with Partial Rails for Style, by Archadeck
Low Deck with Step Handrail for Safety, by Archadeck
Next, let’s assume your deck does require railing. Oh-boy-oh-boy. More (and more!) options…
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