Benefits of Installing a Metal Deck Railing
When designing a new deck, there are numerous factors to consider: What kind of frame? What type of decking – wood or composite? What style of railing – wood or metal? And the list goes on. Today, we are considering the benefits of installing a metal railing system on your new deck. Many different types of metal railing systems are available in today’s market, and there are various combinations of materials that can be used within the railings. Currently, the most popular type of railing that we have been installing is a metal panel system with raised metal posts. There are definitely benefits for homeowners with the installation of metal deck railings.
- Cost–Effective – because metal deck railings do not require the maintenance that wood railings require, they will save you time and money in maintenance and repairs.
- Low Maintenance – once installed, a deck railing constructed entirely of metal components will not require sanding and staining as is needed with wood.
- Warranty – metal railings usually come with a 15-year limited warranty (aluminum railings may offer up to a lifetime warranty). The limited warranties usually cover “cracking, peeling, and blistering of the finish.”
- Easily Customizable – manufacturers offer numerous options in railings, railing tops, balusters, post caps, and more, giving you seemingly unlimited ways to customize your railing.
- Views – because metal railings are typically built using thinner balusters than wood railings, this allows for a less obstructed view. Also, metal railings are available with stainless steel cables instead of balusters, providing an even clearer view from your new custom-built deck.
Deck Railing with Metal Panels and Posts
A metal panel system with raised metal posts is the most basic type of deck railing. Even though this is the simplest type of metal panel railing system, there are still ways to customize it to fit your design. Both of these railings are Fortress Fe26 Traditional railing systems. The railing on the left features 2” x 2” posts with flat pyramid post caps and is in Antique Bronze. On the right, this matte black railing is built with 3” x 3” posts and flat pyramid post caps and features a Ring Top top accent panel.
Deck Railings with Wood/Composite Posts and Metal Railing Panels
Both of these railings use Fortress Fe26 Traditional railing panels but were installed with non-metal posts. The left-hand picture has 6” x 6” composite posts and a flush drink cap. The post lights were installed on the sides and are Pikes Peak lights from HighPoint Deck Lighting. In the photo on the right, we used 4” x 4” redwood posts to match the decking. These posts feature Mt. Evans lighted post caps, also from HighPoint Deck Lighting. The wood posts will require maintenance; how often will depend on the type of stain you use.
Deck Railing with Wood/Composite Components and Metal Balusters
These rails are made of wood or composite materials except for the balusters. The railing on the left has 4” x 4” posts with a drink cap and round, brushed-steel horizontal balusters. On the right is another railing with wood components and a drink cap, but the posts are installed on the outside of the deck. The owners chose to use Vienna Bow style balusters in matte black.
Other Styles of Metal Deck Railings
If you go to our Metal Deck Railings page, https://www.decksbyschmillen.com/metal-deck-railings/, you can see all the different ways to customize your deck railing. Please call if you have any questions regarding your decking and railing options or would like more information – 719-440-6966.