When working on a deck project, it’s helpful to have plenty of different deck railing ideas. Mountain Laurel Handrails are the system of choice when you’re looking for inspiration in a railing design. Each one of these sections is a custom crafted work of art that is sure to be the centerpiece of home decor. This is really the best wood deck railing idea that you’ll find! If you’re building or remodeling a log home or timber frame this is definitely the most distinctive style of railing to ever grace a house decorated with wood. The dimensional lumber in this railing system is often custom selected based on the original idea the designer had when beginning work. Red cedar is the typical lumber for the boards but other options include oak, yellow pine, ipe, walnut, locust logs, and the list goes on!
But maybe you’re looking for a different option. There are plenty of metal deck railing ideas too. Cable railings are a common system that is especially popular on modernist architecture. This type of guard rail generally uses woven stainless steel cables about a quarter of an inch thick running horizontally between upright posts. The railing system requires special fasteners to connect the cables to the posts and they have to be tensioned with a special tool. My favorite metal railing ideas are these artistic metal railings. These metal panels are probably water cut on a big, cool, loud machine. Each one of these railings is custom made, just like Mountain Laurel Handrail.
Wrought iron is another common metal railing type. There are so many options with wrought iron and, historically, some of the most intricate railing designs have been in wrought iron especially in front of cathedrals and official buildings. Metal can be shaped into upright pickets, much like the common wood deck railing design with pressure treated 2x2s. But metal can also be formed into ornate patterns like the snarl of a dragon and its fiery breath. Wrought iron is a good option for certain areas and architectural styles.
Other kinds of deck railings that might inspire an idea are glass balusters. I really like this design as there are lots of different options and combinations to really liven up your decor, even though they are see through. Glass balusters are a good idea for the coast since they are relatively easy to clean and would handily withstand the elements like salt water. Glass panels are another good idea and offer multiple benefits. In the mountains, these glass panels offer protection from cool winds while you relax on your deck. They also allow a completely unobstructed view of mountainous beauty. Let me know what your favorite deck railing idea is of those above. Maybe I missed one… or two… Let me know in the comments!