The main problem with wooden deck railings is that wood requires a lot of maintenance, to prevent rot, and most wood railings need a coat of paint, varnish or oil, every year. If you do decide to opt for wooden deck rails, buy pressure treated timber, which is protected from rot, mildew and pest infestation. However, one word of warning is that the preservative used is toxic, so wear a mask and eye protection when cutting or drilling preservative treated timber.
Written By Lesley Canter on Saturday, May 1, 2010 | 12:44 PM
Wooden deck railings are still the most popular type, combining affordability with a beautiful and elegant finish. Wood is durable and easy to construct, and varnish, staining, and paint allow homeowners to individualize railing systems to blend in with the architecture and overall feel of their home and garden. Most decking is made from wood, so it makes great sense to use wooden railing systems to carry on the theme.