Decking Railing Types

When it comes to railing, there are a magnitude of choices. It can be overwhelming. We love to talk with you about your railing choices so when you come to the store, bring some images of your house and your deck plans, if you have them. If you are hiring a contractor, it is important to discuss your ultimate desires for your deck railing with them so you can make an informed decision. You not only want to consider budget but also aesthetics (color and style). What railing type is going to best fit the style of your home – it will be the first element of your deck seen by others. It can be a definite “wow” factor! You also want to think about site line because not only will it be seen by others but it will directly impact the site line into your yard. You can read about have a rail-less deck here!

There are a variety of attractive rail systems. You have many choices of colors, styles and accessories to provide greater flexibility in your design, whether you are building a wood or composite deck. Many railing systems are built from composite or metal, both of which offer the advantage of low maintenance. Glass railings and cable rails are attractive because allow seamless views. Below we are going to list and describe just some of the railing options you have available to you! (Photo credits:

Fortress Railing Balusters

These aluminum deck railing balusters are beautiful and do not block much of your view. They are easy to install, if you are a DIY lover, affordable and beautiful. We think metal balusters give a deck an expensive look, without breaking the bank.


Fortress Vienna Balusters

If you are looking for a French Country or Old World European look, these traditional wrought iron baroque style balusters are a great choice! They give a unique, classic look without a super expensive price tag. Metal balusters also save you the time it takes to stain wood. Talk to us about other decorative baluster options – you may be surprised at what is available!

Fortress Pureview Glass

If you live on a lake, in the mountains, or just love seeing your kids play in the backyard, you may want to consider a transparent railing option. Glass deck railing panels showcase your yard and landscaping. Glass panels are easy to install and easy to keep clean. We love this look, especially if you have something beautiful to look at! Glass railings are usually installed within an aluminum rail frame.  The tempered glass material is shatter resistant and has a polished edge for safety.

Cable Rail

If you’re not a fan of the glass, Cable Railing systems may be a better fit for you with the same benefits of protecting your view.  Cable rail is a practical but extremely modern look. Stainless steel cable rails are easy to install and provide an extraordinary industrial aesthetic to your deck.  With cable rails you can preserve views and breezes for hot summer afternoons. We carry several different manufacturers of cable railing.

Traditional Aluminum Railings

Low maintenance materials are becoming more popular than ever.  Composite railing systems are manufactured to match the appearance of each companies lines of composite and vinyl decking materials. These systems are usually sold in easy to install 6′ and 8′ kits. Aluminum railing systems are available in a variety of colors and styles.  These systems are competitively priced, cool to the touch and easy to install.


If none of the options above meet your needs or are quite what you imagined, don’t worry! There are still other options!

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