What is the Best Material for Deck Railing?

Aluminum Railing with Glass

June 14, 2021

Before choosing the best material for your deck railing, consider the different options available. Here is our insight into the 4 most commonly-used types of railing: aluminum, cable, glass, and wood:

Aluminum Railing

Aluminum railing requires little maintenance and is very durable. You’ll have little to worry about when it comes to rust or corrosion because it’s weather-resistant. The material is lightweight, highly versatile, and quite strong. The primary reason why some shy away from aluminum railing is aesthetic. It just may not have the look you want.

Cable Railing 

Cable railing consists of stainless steel wires that offers a modern and more unobstructed view from your deck. It lasts for years without major rusting issues or the need for frequent cleaning, but every few years, the cable tensions need adjusting. Those with smaller children have found the ladder-like design a safety hazard, but training and careful consideration to the specs of the cable railing help alleviate the temptation altogether.

Glass Railing

Glass railing consists of durable ¼” thick tempered glass. Its versatile design creates a solid barrier, which relieves the opportunity for objects to go through the railing while providing an unobstructed view from your deck. Glass railing is usually the priciest option and requires the most maintenance. While it allows for an unobstructed view, on the downside, it creates a greenhouse effect where the sun shining through the glass can create an uncomfortable deck experience.

Wood Railing

Wood railing is the classic, most sought-after option. Upfront, the cost is most economical and allows for more custom design options including a plethora of color stain choices. The downside of a wood deck railing is that it is flammable and high maintenance. It may cost you more in the long-run because you might have to deal with rot, mold, insect invasion, splinters, and warping.

How to Choose the Best Material for Deck Railings

Now that you’re informed about your deck railing options, consider three additional questions about your deck to make the best decision: environment, location, and budget.


Consider the environment where you live because the effects of climate cannot be understated. Weather patterns and temperature fluctuations can have serious adverse effects to your deck railing. For example, aluminum or wood railings would not be ideal for saltwater environments while glass railings in areas prone to higher temperatures could cause damage to your deck.


Process the location of your deck thoroughly. If you have a panoramic view, you’ll want your deck and its railing system to maximize it. Our professionals are available to help pinpoint the design of your idea so that it is conducive to maximizing your outdoor experience.


Once you’ve considered the environment and general location of your deck, you’ll be able to make a more informed decision about your deck railing which will help you determine your overall budget. Our professionals are available to help you weigh out different options for your project to suit your budget. We also offer financing options to help you make your dream outdoor experience a reality.

How We Can Help

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