Building a deck is about more than piles of wood, screws, joists and paint finish. While those tools provide you with the foundation of your outdoor lounge area, it is the extras that will transform your deck from normal to extraordinary. An ordinary cedar wood deck will look great, but add a few lights, some planter boxes and maybe even themed furniture and an elaborate deck railing and your deck will look amazing.
You’re probably wondering how something like a simple railing can really enhance the appearance of your deck, but the truth is that it adds a finished look to what is often considered a fairly rustic structure. Turn your deck into the outdoor extension of your home style when you learn how to build a deck railing.
I cannot emphasize the importance of solid deck plans. These plans will make your life as a builder a lot simpler because they will walk you through each step in building your deck. Many deck building guides offer instructions on building other wooden structures to accommodate a deck…like a deck railing.
While it is not a hard and fast rule that your railing has to match the style of your home and deck, it would make it more aesthetically appealing. Choose a style that complements your home as well as the design template you want for your deck.
Is It Sturdy
You must decide if you want your deck railing to be functional or for show. A functional railing should be sturdy, well-built and made from solid materials such as wood or aluminum. Not only that but they will ultimately blend in with the design aesthetic of your deck so it looks like one well done project.
If you want a railing that is merely for show you can choose from thousands of styles and materials. Keep in mind however that choosing a lightweight deck railing may be dangerous on freestanding structures or multi-layer decks.
Building A Deck Railing
This is an easy task that can completed in just 7 steps, but make sure you follow instructions closely to make sure your structure is strong and sturdy. If you are not purchasing an already made railing you will need a few tools to help you get the job done. Cutting and drilling are a major part of building your own railing, requiring you to use a saw blade and a drill.
You will need to measure wood to ensure the middle, top and bottom deck rails are lined up properly. I will warn you that some math is required to get the job done, but it is simple match and you’ll have no trouble figure out how to make it work.
Many companies sell railings that are already made with ideal materials including wood and composite. If you find a railing that meets stylistically with your visual style choice, you may choose to delegate some work and find it right away.
Instructions Not Common
One of the first things you will notice when you starting build your deck railing is that not one set of directions is common to one another. This is one of the reasons leaving features like railings until the end is bad idea. Some blueprints will require you to build the top or bottom hand rail first while others will tell you to start with the middle guardrail and work your way out.