Fence Railings For Your Deck:
video synopsis by: Vikram S.
Fence railing can be an important feature to showcase the house. Architectural fence railings installed in a planned way can really add to the visual beauty.
Usually 4×4 posts are attached to the deck frame to provide the support for the rail. There are also some composite fence railings which require installing a wood post. The 4×4’s must be long enough to project the railing at least 36” above the frame. Generally it extends below the deck surface for attachment to the frame as a mean of support.
There is a part that run horizontally to the posts, they inter connect the posts the give it necessary strength. In wood decks 2×4’s are often used for this purpose. The top rail must be set so the top of the guardrail is at least 36” above the floor. Likewise the bottom rail is usually raised above the surface to allow a sweep space for snow and leaves but it may not extend beyond 4” from the floor. Sometimes a top cap is used to extend the view. Boards laid flat work well and provide a level surface to place drinks. The infill section of rails is usually constructed of the repeated use of pickets.
These kits are handy and they come in different shapes and sizes. Balusters or pickets are the rail components used to provide infill for deck guard rails. Many creative deck builders have crafted unique rails using conventional wood parts in different applications such as using horizontal and vertical members to create a grid or setting 2×2’s at angles to form a sunburst pattern. Along the way professional deck builders started installing copper tubing into drilled out holes along the top and bottom rail. This was an interesting look but required substantial labor.
Most wood guard rails use a top cap to finish the top of the fence rail. This component is usually a 2×6 board laid flat and run across the narrow side of the 2×4 top rails. The purpose of the top cap is both aesthetic and functional. The flat surface provides a convenient ledge to set drinks on top of or to rest against. A top cap also covers the baluster connections from the top side to prevent them from loosening. Post caps are decorative tops that can be attached to the top of rail posts to add an interesting appearance. Some deck builders bevel the tops of the rail posts themselves to soften the sharp corners and offer a stylized finish. Today one can choose from hundreds of pre manufactured post caps made from wood, metal, composite, glass, and ceramics. Some are very detailed and interesting….great way to enhance your fence railing design.
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