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The Best Modern Deck Railing (is the one you make)

Update! Update! For those few souls who might have followed our household plight in past months, I am happy to announce that we have a deck railing! Yes, a full two years after Ted laid a lovely new cumaru wood deck, we are able to dine al fresco. We went back and we went forth. We had plans to replicate the old railing, updated to baby-safe standards. We also considered all the other standard offerings for modern railings: cable, glass, etc. Hours were spent in CAD, fine tuning. Powder coat colors were considered, from harvest gold to black and--for a brief crazed moment--blue. But it never seemed quite right.



Then I happened to pass a new house under construction down the street, and their elegant solution was clearly the best choice. We ended up more or less copying that design, which consists of welded steel panels that are side-bolted to the deck and reinforced with a wooden hand rail.

modern steel deck rail

We had hesitated on having horizontal pickets due to the age of our young girls, but we figured they'd learn not to climb it, and the spacing is up to code so that they can't squeeze their noggins through. While the house down the street sports galvanized panels, we opted to powder coat ours black, to match our windows and house trim.

While things like this never happen quite as quickly as one would like, we are quite pleased with the result. And the thrill of our "new" outdoor space inspired our babe to learn a new word: "Deck!"

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This is exactly what we're looking for! Where did you find the panels?

April 11, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterdeckrailenvy

Sorry for the late reply! We had these custom fabbed in sections by a welder and powder coated. We managed to do the install ourselves, Tedious--but we are happy with the result!

May 2, 2011 | Registered CommenterSpore Doorbells

This railing is what we are looking for. We have also explored the cable systems and a couple of other options, this is what we keep returning to. Do you have a cost comparison i.e. Steel cable vs. Welded steel

September 7, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterdavid schiffer

I realize thig blog is pretty old, but I thought I'd give it a shot anyway. I am looking to build the same type of railing system. Do you have specs/dimension of the individual panel section?
Thanks,
Dennis

March 6, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterDennis F

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