How to Choose a Deck Railing

A railing is a railing is a railing… right? Wrong! When it comes to choosing a deck railing, there are so many different styles and materials to choose from. We put together this railing guide to help you learn the pros and cons of different railing options so that you can choose the best one for your deck.

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Simple and inexpensive, a wooden deck railing offers plenty of flexibility when it comes to selecting a style. This allows your builder to give you a custom look. One consideration when choosing a wood railing is maintenance. Wood typically requires a greater amount of maintenance and cleaning to keep it safe and in good shape for a long period of time.

Capped Composite

A lower maintenance option, capped composite is easy to keep clean and fresh looking for a long time. Though more expensive than wood, capped composite is still a middle-tier option, with materials ranging from $15-$30 per linear foot. With a wide range of brands to choose from, capped composite railings can be a great option for anything from a colonial home to a more contemporary deck.


Metal railings are made from three common materials: galvanized steel, aluminum, and iron. The price of a metal railing is dictated by the material chosen, but all metal railings tend to look slimmer than composite or wood. This allows for a better view of your landscape or backyard.

Cable Rail

A pricier option that maintains an even better view is a cable rail. Priced at upwards of $60 per linear foot, cable rail offers a sleek, almost invisible way to keep your deck safe and your view intact. 

Tempered Glass

The final railing option for your deck is tempered glass. While often more expensive than the other options, tempered glass can be an excellent way to protect against wind while offering a clear view of your landscape. 

Call Harmony Decking Today And Get Building!

Now that you know all about the different railing options for your deck, call Harmony Decking at 215-290-7727 to talk about installing your favorite option. We are the Warrington deck builders who will always provide you with honest and fair work. You can check out examples of our work to see the quality you can expect when you work with us!

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