Decks without Railing, Decks with Benches, Archadeck

Patio Deck, Benches and Partial Railing, by Archadeck

Did you know that certain decks don’t necessarily require railing?

Typically a platform or patio deck, with a deck surface low to the ground, is exempt from local building codes that require a railing.

However deck railings, even if not required by municipal codes, provide an opportunity to make your deck ‘pop’ with fashionable style and curb appeal.

A deck with partial decorative railing, or no railings at all, completely flows with a home and backyard.  The deck design flavor is ‘wide open’ and wildly appealing.

Patio Deck with Planters and Bench, Archadeck

Patio Deck with Planters and Bench by Archadeck

But wait… there’s an alternative design method to simulate deck railings, without the rails for platform and patio decks.

Deck with Built In Benches and Planters, Archadeck

Deck with Built In Benches and Planters by Archadeck

Deck benches are an alternative to railing and can be an absolutely brilliant way to build-in extra seating.

Deck planters, too, are a design technique to outline a deck’s perimeters while housing plants to blend your deck with your backyard landscaping.

So let Archadeck rim your deck with beautiful built-in benches and planters to define deck perimeters while packing a punch of smart deck design, with plenty of flair.

To learn more about the design impact of railings for your deck, porch or gazebo, visit our website, if you live in St. Louis, Missouri and the surrounding areas including St. Charles, St. Charles County and parts of Illinois.

Deck with Gazebo and Partial Railing, Built in Benches, Archadeck

Deck with Screened Gazebo, Benches and Partial Deck Railing by Archadeck

There you’ll see both traditional deck railing options and alternatives to traditional railing systems including:  wood, composite or vinyl railing trimmed with metal pickets or decorative balusters, solid kneewall rails, tall privacy rails, decorative lighting for rails and much more.

We’ll help you narrow down your selection to pair your choice of deck boards with a structurally sound and stylish railing system, or no railing at all, to accentuate your home and backyard deck.

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