Magazine article Sunset

Lean on Me

Magazine article Sunset

Lean on Me

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Railing systems to fit your setting, style, and budget

Railings on a deck are like icing on a cake: They're the last thing added but the first thing people see. Site-built wood railings have long been the standard way to finish a deck, but in the last few years, prebuilt or modular systems have expanded the choices. Alternatives to woodfor aesthetics, durability, or cost-abound and include stainless steel cables, composite, glass, and pigmented vinyl. Depending on the railing material, you can make the same deck look clean-lined and contemporary or quite traditional. The new systems also make it easier to provide privacy, add wind control, or preserve views.

These railings can be installed on new decks or retrofitted on existing ones; often you can give a new look to an existing deck by saving the posts and simply changing the balusters and rails. Some deck-railing systems will also work for interior applications. For example, a cable system will give a sleek, modern look to any stairway. …

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