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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

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

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

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

Deck with Partial Rails for Safety, by Archadeck

Platform Deck with Partial Rails for Style, by Archadeck

Platform Deck with Partial Rails for Style, by Archadeck

Low Deck with Step Handrail for Safety, 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…

Deck and rails that match Read the rest of this entry »

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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 »

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