More than ever, the outdoors is an extension of our living space. With a simple decking update your outdoor space can be transformed into a warm and welcoming place to relax. Planning and renovating your decking can be daunting, which is why Zoe Goff, decking expert here at Richard Burbidge is here to answer all of those important questions you have when replacing or planning your latest decking project.
What are deck railings?
‘Deck railings need rails, posts and an infill which could be either balusters (wood or metal) or panels (wood or glass),’ says Zoe Goff, Product Manager.
‘Deck railing is a vital part of every decking design, it’s especially vital for raised surfaces for your safety. Our decking balustrades can be combined with your existing decking if you choose to replace your rails, or can be designed into a brand new deck.
What is the best railing for a deck?
The best railing for you, depends on your circumstances, consider the look you are going for, the time you have available to upkeep your deck, and your budget.
‘Timber creates a rustic look that is perfect for a traditional country house. Alternatively, glass or metal is a great option for more contemporary properties. By reflecting light, glass panelling creates the illusion of space and enhances the view of the garden,’ explains Zoe.
What is the best cost effective deck railing?
The most cost effective option is generally deck railings made from timber. Metal balusters are typically the mid-priced option, with glass balusters being the most expensive choice.
Zoe says, ‘When choosing from timber, metal or glass, consider the differences between each. Deck railing made from wood will require yearly maintenance to ensure the timber remains in good condition. While, metal and glass requires less maintenance, and are refreshed with a quick wipe down with warm water and a soft detergent.’
At Richard Burbidge, you can choose to mix and match with timber, metal or glass, to create a unique bespoke decking design.
How far apart should each decking post be?
Deck railing posts, also called balusters or spindles, should not allow a 100mm sphere to pass through to adhere to the UK safety regulations for decking on ground level.
Can a 2x4 be used for decking railing?
‘You can use 2x4 for the upper and lower rails if you want to construct your own deck railings in wood. Remember that you should always check the local building code or building regulations before you design and build your own deck railings to ensure that they will be compliant,’ says Zoe.
Why Choose Richard Burbidge?
Our collection of decking balustrade combines innovative design with robust construction, for the best of both worlds. Our deck railings are designed for easy construction, and built to withstand the Great British weather.
As always, our expert team will be on hand to help every step of the way. From visualising your decking balustrade through to planning and building it, you can always give our helpful team a call.
View our outdoor balustrades collections, here: https://richardburbidge.com/shop. Select traditional, classic or contemporary. We also have our Fusion range of fully glass and metal systems, available here: https://richardburbidge.com/shop/outdoor/fusion-domestic.
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