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What You Need to Know about Deck Railings if You Have a Deck in Edmonton

Looking to install a deck railing? Perhaps you’ve been told your outdoor oasis isn’t quite up to code, or maybe you simply want to improve the appearance and safety of your backyard living space. In either case, amending your deck to include a railing that’s as functional as it is fashionable doesn’t have to be complicated. Here’s what you need to know.

Building codes in Edmonton

Did you realize that you require a building permit to construct certain types of outdoor structures, including decks? It’s true. If your deck is more than 60 centimetres off the ground—even if it’s uncovered—you need to acquire a building permit before breaking ground. You must also adhere to city building guidelines and install railings that are designed to code in order to ensure the structure is safe for residential use. The specifications will determine the design, height, and many other features of the railing system you install.

Types of deck railings

Within the regulated parameters for deck railings, you do have an enormous amount of freedom as to what type of railing you choose to build. One of the primary decisions you’ll need to make is what type of material to use. These are some of the most common types.

  • Cedar. Natural, strong and inherently resistant to moisture, rot and pests. It can be treated to make it even more long-lasting. Cedar can be painted or stained if desired, or left entirely natural. Should be sealed every second year. 
  • Composite. A blend of wood fibres and plastic that’s moulded into forms. This product is strong and rot resistant and it comes in both solid and hollow variations. It can be used with nearly any type of decking. While composite comes in an array of colours, it’s also possible to paint it.
  • Vinyl. Easy to clean and affordable. Vinyl won’t stain or develop mould as easily as other railing types. Sometimes it comes with metal inserts to lend the product more strength. Can’t be painted but comes in a variety of colours to easily match it with your decking. 
  • Aluminum. Another low-maintenance option that’s quite affordable. Typically found in commercial and apartment buildings, it’s also an option for your Edmonton residence. 

The right deck railing for you

At Cedar Village - Division of Allweather Wood, we provide complete deck and deck railing installation in an array of possible materials including treated or untreated cedar, composite or vinyl. Can’t decide what material you should use? We’re decking pros who’ve been serving Edmonton residents for 35 years. Let us answer your questions and help you make the right choice for your home. Contact us today for all your decking needs.

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