How to Choose Deck or Porch Railing

May 30, 2018

by Spectrum Remodeling

Looking For A New Deck or Patio Railing?

Are you in the midst of a deck design and not sure where to start? Here are some tips to help you choose the right railing for your deck, patio or porch enclosure. You want to create a striking visual while providing safety for your friends and family.

Keep Your Budget in Mind

There are so many different types of deck railing available and in a very wide range of pricing. So being mindful of overall costs from materials to install can help you design something you will love while being kind to your wallet.

Types of Railings Available

There are several different types of railing available on the market today. It's up to you to decide what will blend with your existing home and space, provide the safety you and your family deserve, and what will the yearly maintenance be like? Here's information on the most common types of Railing to help you decide what will work best for your project.


Aluminum Railing is easy to install, corrosion resistant and virtually maintenance free. If powder coated, they will maintain their look for the duration of their use. Aluminum Railings also maintain their integrity in extreme heat and cold, unlike other popular railing options. Choose from lots of different colors and configurations such as picket, belly picket, colonial and modern styles.


Glass railing is available in contemporary, modern and traditional styles. Select an aluminum top rail for a more traditional look. Go topless for an unobstructed view and create a striking visual space to entertain and spend time with family and friends. The glass is tempered for safety and durability and having a tint applied can even help reduce the solar transmission and block harmful UV rays.


Vinyl is quite common and is relatively inexpensive. Requiring less maintenance than traditional wood, vinyl is, however, not as strong. It is particularly susceptible to the effects of harsh climates and UV exposure. They may deteriorate substantially over only a few years in locations with extreme weather such as harsh winters and hot summers.


The traditional choice when it comes to railings. Wood is the simplest and most inexpensive option. It can be totally customized for a unique look. Wood requires regular maintenance like cleaning, painting, and staining to stay strong and beautiful each year of its use.


Create a screen room oasis with the added safety of a railing system. This is a great idea for porch enclosures and spaces that are located higher than traditional decks or patios.


Aluminum and glass railing are not just for outside anymore. Think outside the box and see what's out there for inspiration when it comes to bringing the outdoor elements inside. Topless glass railing can create an incredible environment of openness and safety for open concept walkways and large opening staircases. Everyone has their own style and design that they envision for their outdoor living space. Railing's main priority is to provide safety, but it doesn't have to be boring. Know your options and choose the best option to suit the needs of you and your family.

Call Spectrum today and get started designing the railing you've always dreamed of.

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