The right railing not only gives you a secure perimeter but also completes the look and feel of your outdoor living space. You likely already know you have the option of traditional wood railing — but what about other, even better options? One great place to start your search is with high-style, low-maintenance composite railing.
What Is Composite Railing & Why Choose It?
In brief, TimberTech® composite railing is enduringly beautiful, in profiles ranging from traditional to contemporary.
Why Choose Composite Railing?
✓ Enduring beauty with fade and stain resistance and low-maintenance needs
✓ Attractive customization options
✓ A more sustainable choice than wood
More specifically, TimberTech composite railing refers to a railing system made from an innovative blend of high-performance polymers and recycled wood fibers.
Deck Railing 101: How Composite Fits In
If you’re new to exploring your deck railing options, it may be helpful to review some of these frequently asked questions.
FAQ 1: “Overall, what are the most common railing material types?”
Common railing system materials include:
- Wood: Often pressure-treated lumber
- Metal: Aluminum or wrought iron
- Composite: A blend of wood fibers and polymers
Metal, cable, and glass will often come up in railing conversations as well, but these will be infill materials as opposed to structural components like bottom rails or posts (more on this below).
FAQ 2: “What is a railing ‘system’?”
When you think of a railing on a deck, you’re actually picturing a railing system — a connected series of components. Different components can be made of different materials, depending on the system chosen.
Typically, when you search “composite railing,” “aluminum railing,” etc., you’ll find railing systems where the majority of the components are made of this material.
We’ve got customization on deck. Just because you want a composite railing doesn’t mean that every component in the rail system needs to be composite.
FAQ 3: “What is the difference between vinyl and composite railings?”
Vinyl railing is made only of polymers and often has a shiny, slick appearance that gives it a plastic-y look and feel.
Composite railing features a more nature-inspired aesthetic that resembles real wood for a more attractive, character-rich perimeter.
We offer only attractive, durable railing options, which is why our railing portfolio is defined by two primary material types: Composite railing and aluminum railing. Choosing between the two will depend on factors like the overall look and feel of your space, your budget, and your customization preferences, among others.
Now that you have a broader understanding of railing systems, you’ll next want to familiarize yourself with deck railing parts. This is important because certain railing components can be customized within a given TimberTech railing system.
Step 1: Get Familiar With Deck Railing Parts
Before you dive into more details about composite railing, it’s important to first understand what all the deck railing parts are. With this know-how, you won’t skip a beat when it comes time to customize your own railing.
Your deck railing parts can vary in material and style, with multiple customization options for top rails, infills, and post caps.
Also, keep in mind that a composite railing can consist of different materials, depending on your customization choices. For instance, a composite railing can feature a non-composite infill, such as stainless steel cable, as seen in the image below.
Step 2: Choose High-Style & Low-Maintenance With TimberTech Railing
Now that you know the benefits of composite railing and are familiar with deck railing parts, you’re ready to learn how our durable composite railing enhances your outdoor living space.
✓ High-performance materials
✓ Superior value for the cost
✓ Lifestyle-suited design
Get the High-Performance Perimeter You Deserve
You deserve a railing that looks and stays beautiful — all with little upkeep from you. TimberTech composite railing is designed to be both high-performance and high-style, so you don’t have to compromise looks for quality — or vice versa.
TimberTech Composite Railing 101
✓ Long-lasting: Protected by a 25-Year Limited Railing Warranty, so you enjoy a beautiful railing for years to come.
Claim Greater Long-Term Value
Just like with traditional wood decking, a wood railing accumulates substantial long-term costs over time.
Wood railings will need frequent — and rigorous — maintenance, including:
Put the costly and time-consuming efforts of wood railing maintenance behind you by choosing convenient, value-rich composite railing.
Pictured: Classic Composite Series Premier Rail in White with white composite posts and balusters
TimberTech Railing: Better Value & Convenience
✓ Lower long-term costs: Minimal maintenance means lower costs over time.
✓ Increased resale value: Decks with durable materials like a composite rail can improve your home’s resale value.
✓ More time to relax: Enjoy an enduringly beautiful railing that doesn’t require laborious staining or painting.
Customize Your Railing to Suit Your (Life)Style: Explore the Classic Composite Series
Your railing should suit your low-maintenance lifestyle, your value-focused budget, and your taste.
Our Classic Composite Series does it all, with high-style customizations to give you the look you want and the premium durability to keep your maintenance workload light.
Choose from the Classic Composite Series for:
✓ Versatility: Offers traditional and contemporary styles to suit any home exterior.
✓ Ready-to-customize: Thanks to a universal bottom rail and fastener system. Mix and match deck railing parts like top rails and infills — as well as colors — for a railing that’s uniquely yours.
✓ Enduring beauty: Highly resistant to weathering, so you’ll enjoy an attractive railing for years to come.
The Classic Composite Series: A Modern Railing Solution
A curated deck railing system doesn’t get easier than with our refined Classic Composite Series. Lock in your ideal railing by choosing from a variety of deck railing parts and colors.
Choose Your Top Rail
Your top rail choice sets the tone for the rest of your railing design. Choose from a variety of traditional, transitional, and modern options.
Choose Your Infill
Your infill plays a big role in your railing aesthetic. Choose from composite and aluminum balusters, stainless steel cable rail, and glass panels.
Choose Your Color(s)
Choose colors for your rails, posts, balusters, and more, depending on your railing choice. Railing colors can either complement or contrast other colors in your home exterior.
Add Lighting for an Illuminated Perimeter
Elevate the look and feel of your space — and increase visibility — with deck rail lighting.
Step 3: Explore Your Composite Railing Options Further
Now that you know how composite railing benefits you in terms of performance, value, and aesthetics, you’re ready to take a deeper dive with our Railing Guide. Explore all the compatible deck railing parts with each of our railing systems to design your curated deck perimeter.