Design & Planning

What You Need to Know About Composite Deck Railing

June 16, 2020

If you’re looking for the right touch to complete your outdoor living space, here’s a new collection of composite deck railing systems to make elevating the design of your deck so much easier.

Picture this: You’ve just designed the deck of your daydreams — a gorgeous outdoor escape where you’ll enjoy countless cups of coffee, share laughs with friends and family, and watch your kids play in the backyard. But your decking project isn’t quite complete yet — you still need the right touch to unify the look and feel of your backyard build. Look no further than railing.

The right railing can take your outdoor living space to the next level, raising the bar on both design and functionality. However, finding a railing to complement your decking can be tedious. To make it easier, we’ve introduced a new series of composite railings that allow you to swap in top and bottom rail options, infills, and caps to create the perfect rail design for your deck.

Introducing the Classic Composite Series

While railing might seem like a single part of a deck, it’s actually a combination of several components called a railing system. This can make it difficult to finalize the right look — that is, without our ready-to-customize composite deck railing systems offered in our Classic Composite Series. Scroll through the slider below to first familiarize yourself with the anatomy of a railing system, then keep reading to learn more about your railing options.

The Ingredients of Composite Railing

Did you know a railing has more than one 'rail'? Take a look at the main pieces of a railing system.

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The top rail is the uppermost piece of rail that connects to the top of the infill.

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The bottom rail is the piece that runs along bottom beneath the infill.

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The infill is what fits between the top and bottom rail, filling the inside of the rail. It can be made of glass, composite or metal balusters, or CableRail.

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The skirt is a covering that surrounds the bottom of the post.

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The post is a vertical piece that sits in between the infill and connects the top and bottom rails.

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The cap is the piece that sits on top of the post. It can sometimes include lighting.

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Our Classic Composite Series has all the advantages of composite railing — like extreme durability and minimal maintenance — all thanks to a strong composite core that boasts a four-sided cap which covers the backside and grooves. Even better? The composite deck railing collection of our Classic Composite Series make it easy for you to find the right combination of components.

Benefits of the Classic Composite Series

  • Looks customized for your space thanks to the Universal Rail.
  • Streamlined application for level, stair, and angled applications thanks to a universal bracket.
  • A clean, fastener-free appearance.
  • Extremely durable and low-maintenance, plus offers unbeatable resistance to mold and mildew.
  • No rotting, splintering, cracking, or warping.
  • Advanced resistance to scratches, stains, and insects.
  • Incredible strength thanks to a mechanical connection to each baluster.
  • Premium composite aesthetics that match most home exteriors.

Ready-to-Customize Composite Deck Railing, Delivered

The Classic Composite Series makes it easier for you to realize your ideal railing thanks to a variety of top rail options and infills, plus a universal bottom rail and universal fastener system. Ready to claim the power of perimeters? Here’s how it works:

Step No. 1: Choose Your Top Rail

Start by choosing between one of the four top rails available in the Classic Composite Series. Note that the Drink Rail system works with all full profile, square shoulder TimberTech deck boards. The system does not work with scalloped or grooved deck boards (i.e., Terrain, Prime, Prime+, or ReliaBoard).

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Premier Railing®

With Premier Railing, crisply squared caps and skirt choices visually balance a subtly curved top rail for a perimeter that looks Victorian yet contemporary. 

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Trademark Rail™

If you’re looking for a colonial-inspired railing system defined by custom millwork, look no further than the Trademark Rail.

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RadianceRail®

RadianceRail features a subtly sculpted top rail for a classically appealing look that will let your discerning taste shine.

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Drink Rail

Tailor-made to entertain, Drink Rail features a durable deck board laid atop a railing frame.

Step No. 2: Choose Your Color

The composite deck railings in our Classic Composite Series make it easy to customize your railing to your unique style. With two exceptions, you can mix-and-match the colors of the top rail, post sleeves, and infill. The exceptions are:

  • Drink Rail: Uses a deck board instead of a conventional top rail, so color choices will depend on the deck board color chosen. You can still choose the color of the post sleeves, and the color and material of the infill.
  • Trademark Rail: Both the top rail and post sleeves are white. You can still choose the color and material of the infill.

RadianceRail and Premier Railing offer components across all five colors shown below.

Select Your Composite Deck Railing Color

Five handsome hues bring your composite deck railing to life. Choose for balusters, post sleeves, and more, depending on the railing you choose.

White

Brownstone

Kona®

Slate Gray

Black

Step No. 3: Choose Your Infill

The infill you choose will determine not just how your railing looks, but how you’ll look through your railing. Our composite deck railings have the following infill options.

Infill Types for TimberTech Railings

Radiance Rail Composite Panel Black

Composite

Radiance Rail Panel Kona Glass Infill

Glass Panel

Glass panels are not included with railing system.

Composite Deck Railing Radiance Rail Panel Kona Cable

Cable

Composite Deck Railing Trademark Rail Aluminum Baluster

Aluminum

Lasting Beauty and Durability

Our composite deck railings make it easy for you to select and customize the components of your railing system. What’s more, TimberTech composite railings come with a 25-Year Limited Warranty, so you can expect stain-, moisture-, and scratch-resistant performance and enduring beauty, year after year. Now that’s a powerful perimeter.

Composite Deck Railing:
Artfully Sculpted.
Fiercely Functional.

Our Classic Composite Series is defined by four top rail profiles and a universal bottom rail. Elegant perimeters, meet seamless installation.

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