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Low Maintenance Deck Railings, Archadeck, St. Louis Mo

Traditional Design, Low Maintenance Deck Rails, Archadeck, St. Louis West County

As a leading contractor for decks and other outdoor structures, St. Louis homeowners come to us with questions about architectural concepts, design options and building materials.

But after the ‘big-picture’ decisions have been made for an outdoor home improvement project, then it’s time for the nitty gritty design details.

And deck railing options are among the hot topics.

So it’s pretty typical for us at Archadeck to hear, “How do I decide which railing is best for my deck addition?”

Well… we can help by boiling-it-down to four primary questions.  And the answers to these questions will pave the way to an obvious choice for you and your family.

These four important considerations will define parameters for:  purpose, aesthetics, building code requirements and cost. Read the rest of this entry »

Decorative Balusters for Deck in St. Louis, Ballwin area

Decorative Balusters for Deck in St. Louis, Ballwin area

When contractors begin the deck design process with a customer, homeowners often focus solely on the ‘look’ of the decking board materials.

However in today’s market, the options for deck railings are abundant and railing has become a significant design component, shaping the overall appearance of a backyard deck.

Thus, deck railings are truly THE style-maker for your outdoor space, fostering curb-appeal with their prominent visibility from your home, yard and neighborhood.

Railing choices include an array of materials, styles, color selection and accessories: Read the rest of this entry »

Today’s deck railing options will put the exclamation point on your outdoor living space… with plenty of expression.

Whether your personal taste is natural simplicity, elegance, traditional, bold, contemporary, artful, inviting, private, rustic, or tailored … Archadeck can design and build the perfect outdoor living space to complement your home, backyard and your outlook on style.

View the slideshow below to catch an eye-opening glimpse of the possibilities… then visit our website for even more pictures of decks and deck railings. Read the rest of this entry »

Deck and Railing Design by Archadeck, St. Louis

Deck and Railing Design by Archadeck

When designing a deck, look well-beyond the deck boards to unique railing ideas for a creative personal tone, all your own.

With today’s material options for outdoor living spaces, custom combinations and design possibilities are abundant.

Railing systems should be eye-catching from the view of your home as well as adding curb-appeal to your yard and neighborhood.

First, choose a railing conducive to your deck or porch design.

Benches as Railing for Decks by Archadeck

Benches as Railing for Composite Platform Deck by Archadeck

Safety railings aren’t necessarily required for platform deck designs; however, railings can be added to portray a ‘trendy’ or a ‘traditional’ character.

And in certain situations, perimeter benches or built-in planters can act as a smart substitute for railing.

Elevated and two-story structures will have railing requirements for safety; however, railing can be a key design element for a dazzling appearance and functionality too.

Next, choose material combinations. Read the rest of this entry »


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