What’s black and white and has rail caps all over?

woodNot your grandma’s porch railing!  Not too long ago, a deck would be a big rectangle with a railing of 2×2 wood pickets ringing the outside.  You’ve probably rested many a drink on the flat board that sits atop one of those wooden rails because they are a feature of so many decks.  They were a great option for DIY deck projects as they matched the rest of the deck (no imagination required!) and they were simple to build (easy!). On the flip side, these wood railings came with plenty of maintenance issues including durability issues, cracking, splintering, and rotting issues as the railings aged.

AZEK Morado Deck with AZEK railing

AZEK Morado Deck with AZEK railing

Today’s homeowners want more options. They want low maintenance options and they want stronger railings. In short, homeowners want to have their cake and eat it too. It needs to look great, work well, and last long. Discerning Kansas City area homeowners are willing to pay for railing that meets these requirements.

Deck material manufacturers have solved many of these durability issues by developing stronger, longer lasting alternatives.  Metal balusters/pickets reduce maintenance costs while giving the the deck a current, more stylish look.  Common metal choices include steel, iron and aluminum. In addition, many composite decking companies now offer composite railing options.

Other non-metal material options include vinyl and fiberglass.  You can mix and match different materials for a unique or interesting look and no-fuss maintenance.  Color contrast rather than color matching is becoming popular.  Using a darker rail material draws the eye past the deck and into the yard.  Black railings are by far the most popular color in the Kansas Lenexa custom designed screened porchCity market, followed by bronze.  One way to update the look of an older, existing deck or porch is to change the railing.  You’ll be amazed at what a difference it makes!

Take a look at some of the project photos on our site with an eye on the railings.  Take note of the different colors, shapes and materials.  Then give Archadeck a call to schedule a free consultation on your project.  We will help you select the best materials and design options for your porch or deck– for today and the years to come.

If you’re considering adding a new deck, porch, or other outdoor living space to your Kansas City area home, give us a call for a free consultation at (913) 851 – 3325 or drop us an email at kansascity@archadeck.net.

Steve Folsom - Kansas City deck and porch builder

Steve Folsom – Kansas City deck and porch builder