Choose the Right Railing for your New Composite Deck


It’s hard to argue with the aesthetic appeal and low-maintenance benefits of building a new composite deck with high-quality, durable materials. But homeowners who want to their outdoor living spaces to truly stand out often look above and beyond the decking itself. They install deck rails that not only add safety and functionality, but visual appeal as well.

The last several years have seen an explosion in the number of deck railing options available for homeowners to consider. Gone are the days of wooden 1”x1” balusters spaced at equidistant intervals. Today, deck rails are available made from composite materials, metal cabling, glass and more. At the same time, thanks to new product designs and material developments, homeowners no longer must choose between railing systems that are aesthetically pleasing, easy to maintain, or structurally sound. With many of the newer systems, you can have it all.

Deck Railings Built to Last. Beautifully.

Along with durability, home owners should also look for functionality when choosing one type of deck railing system over another. For example, some railings systems feature optional “drink rail” deck board adapters so that the top of the rail can be matched precisely to the same type of composite decking board used below.

Other features include posts that are available with long lasting, wire free LED lighting built into the caps, along with a myriad of finishing touches such as pyramid-style or flat-top designs.

Introducing Merrimack and Nantucket Composite Railing Systems from DuraLife

DuraLife™ now offers three dynamic composite deck railing systems with the recent introduction of the Merrimack™ and Nantucket™ product lines. Along with DuraLife’s Rockport™ railings, these railing systems provide customers with great looking, long lasting solutions for every style and budget.

The Merrimack Railing System is made from a non-wood PVC composite that comes available in a bright white finish. Its classic design comes in ready to install sections of 6’, 8’ or 10’ lengths that are either 36” or 42” high. Matching stair rail kits are also available in 6’ or 8’ lengths.

For a more contemporary, high end home, DuraLife’s new Nantucket Railing System is made from powder-coated aluminum in either matte black, matte bronze or matte white finish. The innovative locking strip used in DuraLife’s new Nantucket railing system uses a patented construction method that connects the powder coated aluminum balusters and rails from the inside out. This unique design eliminates the need for exposed screws that can become rusted and loose over time. To ensure durability in seacoast installations, the Nantucket Railing system has been tested to withstand salt spray for up to 10,000 hours.

DuraLife’s Rockport Railing System is a millwork-quality cellular PVC formulation with an aluminum-reinforced core for maximum strength and durability, longevity, and ease of installation. With a streamlined, modern look featuring flat top rails, the Rockport railing system can add a touch of elegance to any outdoor composite deck. It’s hidden stainless steel mounting hardware provides enough strength to meet both residential and commercial structural building code requirements while still looking beautiful.

Additionally, for the homeowner who wants the maximum view from their new composite deck, the Rockport Railings can be ordered to include pre-drilled holes to accommodate cabled railings. Paintable, matte-white finished posts resemble finished wood and include pyramid-style caps and collars.

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This article is made possible by DuraLife. DuraLife’s unique polypropylene and hardwood composite decking materials simply outperform all other wood and composite decking products.More solid and safe under foot, DuraLife decking is backed by a 25-year warranty. It is stain and fade resistant, mold and mildew resistant, and is available in the colors and deck railing options you want. Get Samples, try our Composite Deck & Railing Visualizer, or contact DuraLife now to learn more.