Here at Pegram Builders, we want to help you create the perfect deck for your home. When designing your deck, we always recommend giving due consideration to the handrails. Deck handrails are an essential safety feature for a deck of even moderate elevation, especially if you have young children. In addition to safety, however, your deck handrails also offer you some often overlooked design potential. In this article, our team at Pegram Builders will go over some of the most popular styles of deck handrails to help you find the right option for your home.
- Standard Deck Handrails- The typical deck handrail consists of wooden posts, a 2×6 top rail, and 2×2 pickets along the length of the deck. This style of rail is highly versatile and will work with any deck design or style of architecture.
- Custom Deck Handrails- If you want to give your deck a little more style, you can also work with your builders to design a custom handrail. Virtually any design you can think of can be made out of wood, but make sure you consult with your architect and contractor to make sure that your design will be both functional and feasible—you don’t want to spend time dreaming up a fancy pattern that turns out to break easily, or will require too much work to build.
- Composite Deck Handrails- Another popular option for deck handrails is composite decking. This material is made of a 50-50 mixture of recycled wood fiber and recycled plastic, meaning that it is impervious to rot and insects and will last much longer than wood as a result. Composite decking is made in a multitude of colors and styles to suit any design, so you can be sure to find something that will complement your existing style.
If you want to learn more about the various deck handrail options that we offer, call our team at Pegram Builders today.