If you want to build a new deck, then you might need to add a railing to the build. Before you choose railings, think about the materials you want to use. If you make the right choice here, then you'll get an attractive railing that is easy to maintain and lasts for years.
What should you think about before you choose a deck railing material?
The View From Your Deck
In some cases, you might not be concerned about how a railing affects the view from your deck. You might simply want a way to cordon off the space and make it safe. You might not have a great view from this area.
However, if you have a view from your deck that you want to enjoy, then you should look for unobtrusive materials. Some railings block out your view; however, cable or glass products keep this space open. You can still get effective coverage around your deck while keeping more of an open view.
The Effects Of Your Local Environment
Different deck railing materials react in different ways to their local environment. So, you should think about this factor before choosing a type of railing.
For example, if your railing might come into contact with salt water or salt in the air, then you should choose a material that has some in-built protection. Here, you want to avoid materials that might rust or rot in this environment, such as untreated wood or metals.
While treatments can make these materials more resistant to the effects of salt contact, they might still get damaged over time if you don't maintain them correctly. Railings made from vinyl, composite material, or aluminum are likely to be more robust in this environment. They won't rot or corrode.
The Amount Of Maintenance You're Willing To Do
You'll have to do some cleaning and maintenance on any railings around your deck. However, you should think about how much work you want to do here. If you don't want to spend a lot of time treating, repairing, and cleaning a railing, then look for materials that need minimal work.
For example, if you install wood railings, then you will need to treat, revarnish, or repaint the railings whenever their coatings start to break down. If you don't want to take on these jobs, then a self-maintaining material, such as aluminum or vinyl might be a better option.
For more advice, talk to your deck contractor or deck railing suppliers.