Deck and Railing 101

Learn outdoor living lingo and discover the technology in our decking and railing, so you can confidently choose the material that suits your lifestyle.

Start With Deck & Railing Basics

We get it – no one taught you about decking and railing in school. Relax, we’re here to help guide you through everything you need to know about our favorite dynamic duo. Use the slider to familiarize yourself with the terms industry-insiders use when discussing deck and railing.

CAPPED DECKING

The protective layer on boards that is composed of all synthetic material to protect against stains, scratches, and mold.

CAPPED DECKING

Boards with a protective layer (cap) that is composed of all synthetic material to protect against stains, scratches, and mold.

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TOP & BOTTOM RAILING

TOP RAIL
The uppermost piece of rail that connects the top end of the infill.

BOTTOM RAIL
The piece that runs along the rail at the bottom, beneath the infill.

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TOP RAIL
The uppermost piece of rail that connects the top end of the infill.

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BOTTOM RAIL
The piece that runs along the rail at the bottom, beneath the infill.

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The boards that are applied behind each step.

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The boards that are applied behind each step.

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The boards that run around the perimeter of the deck.

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The boards that run around the perimeter of the deck.

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Fits snuggly between the top and bottom rail to fill the inside area.

INFILL

Fits snuggly between the top and bottom rail to fill the inside area. (Pictured: Glass infill, sold separately).

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Experience the Difference

Homeowners tell us — and their neighbors — the best way to get a feel for your project is to get a feel for our products. Compare samples to find your color, style, and material.

TimberTech Decking Samples

Why Wood Fails

There are countless reasons to choose composite deck and railing over wood. TimberTech Deck and Railing products are:

  • Low maintenance – forget sanding and staining
  • Stylish – hello design goals
  • Sustainably made – we promise no trees are harmed in the making of our products

See how the small stuff adds up to the big stuff and makes choosing composite over wood a no-brainer.

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The TimberTech Advantage

Being radically transparent isn’t tough when you have nothing to hide, unlike other composite decking companies. TimberTech Deck and Railing allows you to build the deck of your daydreams without sacrificing comfort, safety, time, and peace of mind. Our decking is low maintenance, sustainably made, and, most importantly, stylish – and that’s not even the half of it!

The Power of Premium Composite Decking

When you go with TimberTech for your outdoor living space, you’re not getting just any old deck, you’re getting the highest quality deck and railing material on the market. Our premium capped polymer and composite decking don’t require constant maintenance like wood decking – and, it will last you a heck of a lot longer.

TimberTech AZEK
Top-of-the-line capped polymer decking
TimberTech PRO
Premium 4-sided capped composite decking
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TimberTech AZEK Advantage

A. HEAT MANAGEMENT
In similar color spaces, our boards are cooler to the touch than other composites.

B. WATER RESISTANCE
Resistant to damage from mold, mildew, and rot with surface protection: Alloy Armour Technology.

C. 100% SYNTHETIC
Contains no organic materials making it much less susceptible to damage from moisture.

D. LIGHTWEIGHT
Up to 30% lighter than competitive materials, including exotic hardwoods.
TimberTech PRO Advantage

A. ENVIRONMENTLY FRIENDLY
Made from up to 80% recycled materials for an eco-friendly wood alternative.

B. NO WOOD FIBER IN CAP MATERIAL
Proprietary protective shell with no wood fibers to compromise performance.

C. 4-SIDED CAPPED BOARD
Protects against moisture, mildew, and rot; even the back side is protected.

D. ENCAPSULATED GROOVE
Unlike the competition, our cap covers inside the groove to help prevent mold and mildew.

Now You Know!

*Deck installation costs are estimates based on feedback from deck contractors. Actual costs for any particular deck installation will vary depending on several factors, especially location. Estimated maintenance costs include an assumed annual cleaning of TimberTech products and an assumed maintenance requirement of annual pressure washing and sanding, staining, and sealing a pressure-treated lumber deck every three years and an Ipe deck every two years to maintain aesthetics.

Start Your Project Right

Explore a curated selection of our most popular decking samples with a straightforward guide to the basics of textures, styles, and colors.

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