Not your grandmother’s porch and deck railings!


Screen porches and decks have traditional thinkers seeing wood rail with either white painted pickets or stained to match the deck or porch. The south has always been a huge wood market due to the low cost since we grow the southern yellow pine and the freight is negligible.

Today’s deck & porch railings come in many different substrates, colors, and styles. The traditional wood railings are still around and we believe always will be. What we are finding to be more and more common are the use of powder-coated aluminum pickets like one from a brand called Deckorator railings.

The advantage of the metal pickets are that they are low-maintenance, attractive, open up the view into the backyard since they are thinner than the wood pickets, and come in a variety of shapes!

This Ipe deck was built by Archadeck of Charlotte and utilized a powder-coated aluminum balluster by Dekorators with a twist in the spindle for added character

This Ipe deck was built by Archadeck of Charlotte and utilized a powder-coated aluminum baluster by Deckorators with a twist in the spindle for added character

Composite Railing is also gaining a lot of market share. The advantages to composite are similar to the metal pickets in that they are very low maintenance. They also come in larger color variety and shapes. Some of the leading brands include Trex and Timber Tech composite railings.

Archadeck of Charlotte designed and built this Trex Tropics Spiced Rum composite deck

Archadeck of Charlotte designed and built this Trex Tropics Spiced Rum composite deck

Vinyl railing is primarily white but again is very low-maintenance and like the others, cannot rot out! To view all of the different porch and railing options, try our photo gallery at http://www.charlotte.archadeck.com

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