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Railing Choices For Your Deck

Updated: Oct 17, 2023

Traditional Railings vs Newer Options For in Decks Wilmington NC


There are many options for railings, especially in a place like Wilmington with so much great scenery around. However, while there are dozens and dozens of styles, there are five main types, and that’s what we’ll be looking at today.


In the end, it comes down to your preference, but it is important to consider all options. By examining all the options, you can really take advantage of the stunning views of our area by choosing a more modern style of railing, that you might not have originally thought about.


Just keep in mind, You can make a stunning deck in Wilmington NC with any one of these railings. Our designers will work closely with you to maximize the space's potential and make every piece of railing unique. Let's examine the differences between each kind of railing. Just keep in mind, since there are so many options, we’ll break this into 2 parts.


Traditional Wood or Azek


The great thing about using traditional materials is that you have complete control over the design of your railings. There are many options for how the materials can be laid out and you can create custom designs in almost any area of your deck. Sometimes, this option is best for older homes. Be aware that if you decide to go with Azek over wood, you will have to stain it every other year to keep it looking new. While this isn’t the biggest thing ever, just something important to keep in mind. Whereas with Azek, it’s mostly just put it in, and you’re good to go. It does come with a higher cost initially but will save you in the long run.


Decks in Wilmington NC can have a great atmosphere when the railings are made of Azek and you actually use two colors. The railing itself can be one color and the handrail another. This actually gives you a ton of options as well because you can go with complimenting colors, or even go bold with contrasting colors. It makes for a stunning scene and our design team can help determine which colors will best match your house, and how to set them apart.


It's difficult to find a better option than the traditional one, and there’s a reason it has stuck around so long. You can create a stunning deck with a variety of design options.


Cable Rail


Cable rails offer a great alternative to a traditional railing and give you possibly the best views in all of Wilmington. They are stylish and open up deck views. They are more pleasing to the eye than traditional wood railings.


They are not ideal for people who want a design style of railing, but they do restrict the overall design of your deck. This doesn't mean the look isn’t great, but you should know that you can only do so much in terms of design with the railings. With that in mind though, this will give you the best views of your yard or beach you will find.

For maintenance, You don't need to do much other than tighten the cables occasionally.


These add a unique touch to your house and make it look great, especially if you have a beach home. If you live close to water (or want a better view of your yard), don't forget about this option.


If you’re thinking about a renovation or exterior project in Wilmington NC and want a team that can not only help you design your dreams but also take the job all the way, call the team at Avocet Design Build today to turn your dreams into reality!


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