Flared Stairs with Lighting by Archadeck, St. Louis

Flared Stairs with Lighting by Archadeck, St. Louis

No deck is complete until the deck stairs and railing are designed and built.

A well-built staircase with excellent design adds to the beauty and curb appeal of a home.

The stairs that lead into your home, to your backyard, or from one deck level to the next are crucial to a handsome and functional structure.

Stylish deck railings and stairs are often the focal point of the project and create a unique first impression of your property, adding appeal to the overall design too.

The type of deck plan you choose helps to determine certain elements of railing and stairs design.  For example…

Platform decks or free-standing decks are low to the ground and allow for wide, welcoming stairs.

Deck with Benches as Rails by Archadeck

Deck with Benches as Rails by Archadeck

Deck railing, here, is often optional and traffic flow is sometimes improved when stairs are ‘continuous’ and open; however decorative railings can add… well, decoration.

Raised decks will require rails and stairs built to meet local safety codes.

But railings and stairs, even though they may be required, are one of the most visible deck features so it’s important to choose styles to complement your outdoor space and your home.

Today though, choices of colors, materials, and accessories provide huge flexibility in designing each component of a custom deck.

Multi level decks are a series of decks connected by stairways and walkways.

Two-story decks have multiple deck levels connected by staircases and landings.

Both designs provide access to upper areas of your home so a railing and stair system is particularly important for aesthetics and safety.

Other considerations include:

Two Story Deck Stairs by Archadeck, St. Louis

Two Story Deck Stairs by Archadeck, St. Louis

  • Lighted railing for safety and a pleasant atmosphere
  • Recessed safety lighting, directly on the deck step
  • Rail planters for a touch of greenery and color
  • Bi-directional stairs or curving stairs and rail
  • Flared stairs with wider bottom steps, narrowing toward the top
  • Post caps and decorative balusters for adornment

Let your deck railing, steps and stairs look inspired!  The more elegant, creative or elaborate, the more the entire deck will appear stylish.

Composite Deck with Decorative Railing, Wildwood Mo, by Archadeck

Composite Deck with Decorative Railing, Wildwood Mo, Designed and Built by Archadeck

Go ahead… step-it-up for your outdoor living space!

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