Monday, June 25, 2018
I’ve worked for a few people who wanted a deck that stood out. One way to do that is to choose a curved deck. And while a curved deck definitely delivers on style, owners can tend to underestimate the cost. That’s because flooring and framing a curved deck requires custom systems and advanced plans.
Custom curved railings are expensive and most of the time, nonrefundable. There’s a lot of room for error in any custom job, and one bad measurement or misplaced cut could cost hundreds of dollars. However, there are plenty of out-of-the-box railing systems and alternatives that can work with a curved deck. That can reduce the cost of the installation while still working perfectly with your overall look. Here we’ll talk about some of my favorite curved deck railing ideas that don’t require a huge investment or lengthy professional installation.
Curved Deck Railings Ideas and Options
If you’ve already built a curved deck, chances are you’re no slouch when it comes to doing-it-yourself. If you had the deck put in by pros, there are still options for you that don’t require loads of professional know-how. The best options I’ve determined for adding a railing to a curved deck are:
With many of my customers, I’ve been able to use pre-welded, straight railing panels to create an octagon shape that looks fantastic and is less costly than a custom railing. It’s also a lot less labor-intensive than putting in a curved railing, which can get complicated. Because it’s my preferred system--and has served me so well in the past--I’ve put together a few tips for those thinking about installing an octagon-type railing on their curved deck.
Tips for Installing an Octagon Shaped Railing
Installing an octagon-style railing on a curved deck isn’t much different than installing one onto a standard octagon base, it just means that your post placement isn’t quite as obvious. Here are a few tips for installing your railings in an octagon style.
Building a curved deck can be pricey. But adapting straight railing systems to work with a curved deck can take a lot of the burden, and the expense, out of the project. It’s true that, with a very curved deck, a straight railing system can shave off a bit of deck space because of the way it doesn’t completely follow the curve, but for most curved decks I’ve found that this is a minor issue. It’s just a matter of what your priorities are.
Speaking of priorities, it’s important to note that the brand that makes your railing matters. If you choose to go the pre-assembled route, it’ll make all the difference in how your railing lasts and how easy--or frustrating--it is to install. I generally use the Fortress Railing system. Recently, I’ve been drawn to the aluminum railing in a matte black finish. The aluminum panels are ideal because they’re easy to lay out and install, allowing anyone from an experienced builder to a DIY enthusiast to complete the job quickly. Their multi-layer coating also ensures that they’ll stand up against the elements for years to come. Fortress Building Products offers a wide range of options for completing a job like this, as well as other products, like decking, fencing, and ornamental hardware, for any other projects you might have in the works.