Most composite railing is manufactured and designed to match the same styling as the deck material seamlessly, and are prefabricated
into traditional looks like colonial or modern. Because of the cost of composite decking, most manufacturers don’t offer too many style
combinations; so often composite decks and railings look very similar to that of other nearby homes. Although very durable, color
fastness of composite decking is a concern, as it is not always as lasting as promised.
Standard Deck Railing
Standard deck railings are most often those used by new home constructors or do-it-yourself homeowners. These are usually the least expensive option for railings, and consist of average wood
railings of poplar and pine that will last anywhere from two to 10 years depending on maintenance and stain finish. Construction is generally done using beveled 2×2 wood pickets attached to a
2×6 on edge at the top, and fastened with deck screws to the outer band of wood in the deck frame.
Custom Wood Railings
Custom wood railings come in any shape or size that are imaginable and can be crafted from wood. They take professional installation
and sometimes need to be specifically engineered with ornate bevels and construction designs to service intricacies not found on
standard decks. These railings often match higher-end wood used in the decks or finer woods like heart red cedar, old growth redwood,
or mahogany that add durability and richness.