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Composite Railing: Know Your Options

April 19, 2023
Composite deck railing products and ideas from TimberTech

While wood has traditionally been the material of choice for deck railing, composite is becoming more popular thanks to its durability, low maintenance, and high value for the cost. And when you choose TimberTech® Composite Deck Railing, your customers get the added benefit of a highly customized, stylish railing.

Composite deck railing with a cable rail infill on a high-rise composite deck

Benefits of TimberTech Composite Deck Railing

✓ Enduring beauty with greater fade and stain resistance than wood

✓ Long-lasting structural integrity thanks to high-performance material composition

✓ Low maintenance with no sanding, staining, or sealing required for protection

✓ Stylish customization options to create a unique look

Is Composite Deck Railing Worth It?

Beautiful, client-pleasing options are always worth it, but TimberTech Composite deck railing delivers more than just good looks. Like our boards, it’s engineered to outperform traditional wood in terms of durability and aesthetics so homeowners can enjoy a beautiful railing for not just years, but decades. And the best part? It requires minimal maintenance, so they save money on the materials — and time — they would otherwise need for sanding, staining, and sealing traditional wood railing.

Explore Our Railing Options

Discover all your TimberTech railing options, from composite to aluminum—and find the one that best meets the needs and style of your project.

Ready-to-Customize Composite Deck Railing: The Classic Composite Series

The railing that gives you the most choices in customizations is our Classic Composite Series. Featuring several top rail designs, four unique infill options, and multiple colors, the Classic Composite Series is your go-to railing for a totally curated design.

Get familiar with the options and learn how to customize a railing design for your customer.

Step 1: Choose a Top Rail

The top rail you choose sets the tone for the rest of the railing design. Options range from traditional milled wood looks to sleek modern designs, so you’re bound to find one to fit the style you’re creating.

Step 2: Choose An Infill

While your top rail choice sets the tone for your design, the infill is just as important as it helps define the aesthetic for the space you’re curating.

Composite Balusters

Choose this for: A stately, traditional look with a strong silhouette

Aluminum Balusters

Choose this for: A narrower profile compared to composite for clearer sightlines and a more modern aesthetic.

Stainless Steel Cable Rail

Choose this for: An industrial-chic look that doesn’t compromise on safety or durability.  

Glass Panels*

Choose this for: A chic, minimalist aesthetic and a strong, shatter-resistant construction.

*Glass panels not included with railing system

Step 3: Choose Your Colors

The colors you choose give your railing design its finishing touch. Color selection extends to your rails, posts, and composite baluster infills (aluminum balusters only come in black). You can choose one color for a monochromatic look or mix and match for more contrast. When choosing railing colors, think about other exterior colors, such as the home’s trim, and choose to either match or contrast them.

NOTE: Your available color options will depend on your top rail choice.

Classic Composite Series Color Options

For Premier Rail, RadianceRail, and Drink Rail, color options are Matte White, Matte Espresso, Matte Black, Black, and White. For Trademark Rail, color options are Matte White and White—and many of these colors are also available for the posts and composite balusters.

All of our rail options are protected by and our 25-Year Limited Product Warranty, and Premium Matte colors are also protected by a 25-Year Fade & Stain Limited Warranty.

If your customer chooses the Drink Rail, they’ll also have the choice of any deck board color from TimberTech decking collections featuring full-profile, square-shoulder deck boards, for your deck board top rail.

Deck Lights: A Bright Idea

The right lighting can take your deck designs, and business, to the next level and is a beautiful way to round out any project. Adding deck railing lights in your post caps, posts, and rails not only adds ambiance—it improves safety for your customers.

Quick Tips for Installing TimberTech Composite Deck Railing

Before installing TimberTech railing, be sure to:

  1. Read through our railing installation guide for a quick refresher on the process.
  2. Check local building codes to ensure you’re meeting code requirements.
  3. Secure a permit, if needed.

Railing Designs as Unique as Your Customers

When you break deck railing down into its many parts, what you discover is endless opportunities to create a truly custom look for your customers. To help inspire their style, walk them through our Railing Guide.

Find the Right Railing for You

The beauty of a railing’s many parts? Ample opportunity to customize to your personal style. Browse our Railing Guide for insight and inspiration.

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