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Enclosing Your Deck: Choosing The Right Railing Option For You

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If you have a deck that has either recently been built or simply has not yet been enclosed for one reason or another, you may have decided that now is the time to finally enclose your deck. The problem, of course, is that it can be difficult to determine which type of enclosure is best for you, your deck, and your home as a whole. In order to make the best choice for you and your home, get to know more about some of these options that are available to you.  

Wood Deck Railings

Wood is an incredibly versatile and stylish choice for deck railings. This option has a very natural feel and can be rustic or refined depending on your preferences. One of the best things about wood railings is that they can integrate well into your existing wood deck, creating a sense of continuity.

Wood is also a material that is quite sturdy and durable. Treated and sealed wood can stand up to the elements and can resist damage due to rot or infestations. However, to keep wood railings in good condition, you will need to routinely apply a sealer and perform other routine maintenance. Wood deck railings can also be more expensive than some other options and might obstruct the view from your deck.

Glass Railings

Glass railings are another option available to you to enclose your deck. When your home style is more modern and sleek, glass railings may be the best possible option available to you.Glass railings offer a highly protective option for enclosing your deck if you are concerned about pets or children. This is because, unlike wood railings which may have wide spaces and gaps between panels, glass is a continuous enclosure around your deck.

Glass can also create an almost entirely unobstructed view if your deck view is important to you. You can opt for clear glass panels with vertical support beams that are small and few and far between if this is the case for you. On the other hand, if you want more privacy for your deck, frosted or textured glass is also an option that can be used for your deck enclosure.

Glass railings are also resistant to damage. The glass used is tough and durable so that it will not break easily in inclement weather and glass by its very nature is resistant to mold, pests, rot, and other potential issue. Regular cleaning is one of the primary maintenance tasks that you will need to keep up with if you want to keep your view as clear as possible.

Now that you know more about a few of your deck railing options, you can be sure that you are making the right selection for you and your home.