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January 25, 2023

How To Choose The Right Deck Railing For Your Central MA Deck Installation

Things To Consider Before Installing Deck Railings

When building a new Central MA deck or replacing an old one, choosing the right deck railing to complement the rest of it is paramount. Some homeowners may think of the standard 4×4 wooden posts seen widely on decks across the country. However, there are many more choices available.

Choosing the right railing for your deck is easier said than done. There are several things to consider, such as material, cost, style, function, and building code. While the possibilities may excite some homeowners, they may leave others feeling more confused than when they started.

Fortunately, we’re here to help you narrow down your choices and allow you to focus on the necessary components of a great-looking, safe, and practical deck railing.


You might find the perfect-looking deck railing that checks off all your boxes, but if it’s outside your price range, it’s pointless. Creating a budget at the beginning of your deck-building project will help keep you focused and on target when the project is complete.

There’s nothing more disappointing than ending up with a deck you spent too much money on – it certainly defeats the purpose of having an exciting and relaxing outdoor living space. A trusted deck installation company will show you their options in your price range, keeping you in line with your budget.

Deck railing style and materials may be contingent on costs, so it’s best to know your budget beforehand and not waver. You should want to enjoy your deck at the end of the day, not resent it for years.


Most homeowners jump to the conclusion of wooden poles when imagining deck railings. However, many more material options are available, each complementing your deck differently.

The material you choose will affect cost, style, and function, so choosing the right one is a bit stress-inducing. Today homeowners can choose from materials such as metal, wood, cable, vinyl, composite, and even glass. Each material requires its own set of maintenance and upkeep requirements, though some require more than others.

Some of these materials cost more than others, but the advantages may outweigh the costs. For example, composite materials may cost more but require little maintenance and have a longer lifespan. Treated wood posts may be cheaper, but don’t last as long and require more maintenance.


Style and materials are closely intertwined, as the material you choose may dictate the style. Depending on the material you choose, you can style it (stain or paint) as you choose. Regardless, the railing material brings with it its own style.

Glass and cable deck railings create a clean, modern style with minimum effort. Wooden railings create a warmer, homey feel that is more in tune with traditional New England style, while composite material can offer you the best of both worlds – style and low maintenance.

When choosing your deck railing style, it’s best to complement the rest of your deck and your personal aesthetic. Think of colors and textures that can help create a design flow with the interior and exterior of your home. Style patterns help unite the inside with the outside, giving you a beautiful united blend.


Whichever material you choose, always ensure they are high-quality. Look at reviews online of the manufacturer and installation company, as these will often reveal the truth and give you an idea of your material’s durability.

A deck is a significant investment, so you want railings you can count on for years to come. Constant replacements are not worth the money or effort when you purchase cheaper, flimsy railing material. You can easily save time and money when investing in a quality product.

Not only do quality products offer more durability and reliability, but they help keep you and your family safer. A poorly constructed deck can easily lead to injuries and falls. Therefore, deck railings are not something to skimp on when designing your deck – safety should always come first!

Our Award-Winning Central MA Home Construction Company Offers The Highest-Quality Decks

At Solid State Construction, we’re committed to giving our Central MA customers the finest decks and most solid installations. We offer the highest-quality deck materials, from composite to wood. Our TimberTech AZEK composite decks are our pride and joy, using cutting-edge material to give our customers unmatched durability and style.

Plus, our composite decks are backed by a 50-year limited fade and stain warranty! We don’t just build to code at Solid State Construction either – we go above and beyond building requirements, ensuring your deck doesn’t move an inch. This gives your deck incredible stability and solidity while keeping your family safe.

Our trusted construction company has been installing decks since 2006, so contact us today to book a free deck installation consultation!