Deck railing offers a wide variety of choices for homeowners and business owners installing or upgrading a deck. Popular choices include wood, composite, or PVC vinyl for a natural wood look.
You can also choose from a range of metal materials and styles, such as aluminum vertical or horizontal post and rail panels, steel cable railing, or aluminum square web panels. You can also look for railing that uses strong tempered glass panels, such as glass baluster railings or post and rail frames with solid glass panels between posts.
The cost to install deck railing varies greatly based on a number of factors, including how many corners or turns there are around the edge of the deck, what type of railing you choose, and whether it’s a replacement or a new installation.
According to Angi, deck railing installation can cost between $10-50 per linear foot, and averages $30 per linear foot.
To maintain your deck railing, follow your deck contractor’s instructions. Each type of deck railing is different. Natural wood will require repainting or re-staining every few years, while you might only need to wash down vinyl or composite railing with a hose. Cable railing might corrode over time and require replacement, while aluminum is naturally corrosion resistant and often powder-coated.
Federal regulations state that the top of your deck railing must be no less than 36” from the surface of your deck. Additionally, the gap under your lowest deck rail must be no more than four inches and the space between panel bars or slats must also be no more than four inches.