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Cost to Install Deck or Porch Railing in Halifax

The deck is a very popular addition to a modern home. A structurally uncomplicated extension to the house transforms its appearance, making it more harmonious and visually larger. An important element of the deck is its railing. Without a railing, it remains an ordinary patio. The railing makes it a comfortable resting place, where leisurely morning tea parties and cheerful evening gatherings with friends are so pleasant.

Zebra Contracting provides professional railing service and accurate upfront pricing. We arrive on the job on-time and complete it on your budget. We oversee every job personally to ensure that your railing installation meets our strict set of standards.

2x2 wooden  pickets deck railing

Wooden Railing

For centuries, wood has been the most affordable and easiest to work with the material. Today it is still popular and widely used for the deck railings. Since the structure will be in the open air, it is recommended to make a deck railing from the lumber of solid moisture-resistant species. The following wood species have the best performance characteristics:

The least expensive material is Brown Pressure Treated Wood. Depending on the design, such a railing costs from $ 30 for a basic design to $ 50 for a custom design. Treated wood railing requires regular maintenance. Once every two or three years, it must be stained or painted. The more complex the design of wooden railing, the more difficult and more expensive it will be to paint. The average cost of painting railing is $ 5 without materials.

The next in terms of manufacturing cost is cedar railing. Usually, western red cedar is used for deck railing. The cost of cedar railing is $ 45-50 per linear foot. Sophisticated horizontal design can be much more expensive. Cedar is getting gray very fast and needs to be painted as soon as possible. Painting of cedar railing costs $ 5-8 per linear foot.

The most expensive material for the wood railing is a hardwood (Ipe). The cost varies widely depending on the complexity of the design. Usually, it is about $ 70-80 per linear foot.

Metal Railing

A deck railing made of metal is a fairly common option for several reasons:

  • Durability. The durability of an aluminum profile, stainless steel, or a combination of metals is incredible. These metals are not subject to corrosion, which is ideal for outdoor use.
  • Reliability. A person of any complexion can lean on a metal railing without fear that the fence will not withstand the load.
  • Practicality. Metal railings are easy to manufacture and install, do not require special care.
  • Diversity. The metal railing is easy to give any shape. Metal parts are easily and elegantly combined with other materials. For example, tempered glass can be used as an insert element for a metal railing of a deck.

Depending on the design, manufacturer, and even color, the cost of aluminum railing ranges from $70 to $100. The pre-made railing is usually a little cheaper than custom-built.

Metal aluminum black railing for decks

Glass Railing

For the manufacture of glass railings, tempered glass or triplex is usually used. Modern technology has significantly expanded the number of variants of this material. Tempered glass can be not only transparent but also tinted or frosted, which opens up great opportunities for design. The advantages of a glass railing are:

  • Decor features. The glass fence does not overload the space, gives the deck light and modern look, and does not obstruct the view.
  • Durability. Glass railing does not deteriorate due to adverse weather conditions and has a long service life.
  • Security. The glass used to enclose decks is environmentally friendly, impact-resistant, and absolutely safe.
  • Protection. Glass railing reliably protects from strong winds, which is especially valuable in windy (coastal) areas.

Glass railings are one of the most expensive types of railings. Cost can vary from $ 100 – $ 200.

Metal aluminum black railing for decks

Composite Railing

A wood-polymer composite is a group of materials that have recently appeared on the market. They are made from a mixture of crushed wood, polymer plastic (PVC), and additives that improve performance. Basically, the composite material looks like natural wood, painted with light or brown color, and is an excellent alternative to wooden structures. Composite railing has the following properties:

  • Strength. The material has an increased mechanical strength that exceeds the performance of any wood and has a long service life.
  • Easy handling and care. The composite railing is easy to install and requires a minimum of care.
  • Combustibility. Composite railing does not support combustion.
  • Practicality. Composite products do not deform or crack under the influence of the sun, frost, or detergents. They are also UV resistant and not exposed by molds and insects.
  • Environmental friendliness. Composite railing does not emit hazardous substances and has no chemical smell.

The cost of composite railing strongly depends on the brand of the manufacturer. Even within the same brand, the price can vary from a product line. Typically, the price of the composite railing is from $90 to $150 per linear foot.

Composite horizontal deck railing