Rails Choosing the proper railing for your deck can be a very
important step. Some key factors would be:
rails are more open than others.),
(a contemporary rail might
not fit your traditional house.),
(some rail designs are
inherently stronger than others, for areas that might have longer spans or subject to rough housing like a pool area).
We feel our white solid vinyl deck rail system is the
best in the industry.
Pictured to the left are our colonial solid vinyl deck
Ipe caprail (top), and all ipe Ironwood deck rail or Ipe (right).
Below we have PT or pressure treated rails. To the left is again our
colonial style, while on the right although very similar is a traditional
rail . The traditional rail uses a better grade sleek spindle, that we
manufacture from 5/4" premium material rather then conventional square
Many of our deck photos feature the boxed King
post system, This is an optional rail system and can add a dramatic touch to
some projects. King posts are usually used in conjunction with the border
decking or picture frame system and white PVC fascia boards. This is a
upgrade to our standard vinyl deck rails. (ask for pricing)
The Boxed or King post colonial rail, shown here our solid vinyl
deck rails with
Ipe cap and vinyl finials is another option. Although pricey and maybe too busy
for some decks this rail really makes a statement.
Sometimes no rail at all is the best option. Decks 30" and lower do not
require a rail by code, and a combination of benches, planters and stairs
(and maybe a few rail sections) can work out real well.
Graspable hand rails: code now requires a graspable hand rail as well
on the stairs. We match the caprail material and securely mount a
graspable rail on one side of all stairs of 3 treads or more.
Deck Specialists, Inc. goes through great pains to manufacture
quality rails sections in our shop. We incorporate precision Jigs and dadoed groves in our rail assemblies as well as blind screw construction!
This insures quality construction difficult to achieve in the field and also
less time spent at the jobsite.
Pictured to the left is our solid vinyl (HDPE) spindle vs a hollow PVC spindle on the right.
needless to say our is stronger, less brittle in the cold and less likely to
sag. Hollow spindle rails look overly shiny and fake and even rattle in the
wind. Ours look just like painted wood with a subtle grain, and are UV and
mildew resistant. Actually HDPE
(high density Polyethylene)
plastic with up to 90% recycled materials .Ours are
Maintenance free not requiring and painting or sealing, and
easily cleaned with bleach and
water, or vinyl cleaners or even soft scrub if
Also please note our spindles (and all the rail
components) are solid colored thru an thru. There are many newer composite
rail systems with an composite core and what looks like a white painted
surface. We are wondering how long such a finish can last?
Well here is the first failure we have come across. Only
3 years old but you can see this composite rail system (we think this one is
by premier but not sure) is having issues with the surface coating. The thin
outer white coating is cracking and will only get worse.