Vinyl Railing

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Colonial or Cape Cod charm in a durable package. There’s no deck railing that delivers the tradition of Colonial or Cape Cod porch looks like vinyl railing. And best of all, it’s incredibly easy to maintain.

Premium options and tons of styles from DecksDirect. We find and sell only high-quality vinyl railing systems that won’t discolor or chalk. Let us plan your project for a premium vinyl railing with tons of options to deliver on your vision.

General Vinyl Railing FAQs

Why Should I Choose Vinyl Railings For My Deck?

Vinyl railing is a popular choice for decks and outdoor living spaces for its durability and consistent look. Vinyl material holds up well in a wide range of weathers and temperatures. Because of that strength and durability, vinyl railing systems also require much less maintenance than lumber or pressure-treated wood railing.

Vinyl railing has a distinctive look that fits especially well with colonial homes. That’s part of why vinyl deck railing is extremely popular in the northeast United States and in the south. Vinyl railings are weather- and impact-resistant, which means the look and style of your deck railing or porch railing stays consistent for years.

What Parts Make Up Vinyl Deck Railing?

Deck railing is made up of (1) rails, (2) posts, and (3) infill, as shown below:

A diagram showing the parts of a deck railing

Posts are the thick, vertical pieces that give your railing strength. Rails are the long, horizontal bars - most vinyl railing systems will have a top rail and a bottom rail made of vinyl with a metal frame underneath for strength. Posts and rails create a rectangle; infill sits inside that rectangle. Infill can be balusters - smaller, vertical bars parallel to your posts. But railing can also use glass balusters, glass panels, or metal cables as infill.

What Are The Differences Between Vinyl Railing And Composite Railing?

Vinyl railing is made of synthetic material - often PVC. Composite railing, meanwhile, is made from a combination of natural wood fibers and synthetic plastic. As a deck railing, the two share a lot of advantages: both vinyl and composite railings are low-maintenance and durable. The main difference comes down to style. Vinyl railings have a bit more of a glossy finish and a style that fits well with colonial homes. Composite railings look a little more like natural wood and tend to offer a little more variation in color.

If you’re not sure which type of railing best fits your deck or outdoor space, give us a call at 1-888-824-5316. We’ve got a team of experienced deck project planners who are great at getting to know you, your style, and your vision, and connecting you with the perfect deck railing to match.

Is Vinyl The Same As PVC?

Not exactly - vinyl is a broad category of plastic, and PVC is a specific type of vinyl. When it comes to deck railings, though, most vinyl railing systems are either made of PVC or a very comparable type of vinyl.

Can You Paint Vinyl Railing?

We wouldn’t recommend painting vinyl railing, as this can void your warranty.

What Style Of Home Does Vinyl Deck Railing Work Best With?

Vinyl railing looks great with colonial style homes and their grand entryways and front porches. That’s made vinyl railing systems a wildly popular choice for deck or porch railing in the northeast United States, as well as in southern states.

You can check out our railing style guide to learn what types of railings fit best with your home’s architecture. Or call our team at 1-888-824-5316 for a free design consultation to find the best railing for your home’s look.

Can My Vinyl Railing Include a Drink Rail?

Vinyl deck railings come in a variety of shapes and styles, including several with a flat surface or a drink rail on top. Railing lines like Durables Harrington, Kirklees, Ashington, and Bradford feature a t-shaped top rail, sometimes called a T-rail or a molded T-rail.

Installing Vinyl Railing

Can I Put Vinyl Railing On A Wood Deck?

Yes! Vinyl railing is a versatile option that you can install on wood decks, composite decks, or even concrete patios.

Can You Cut Vinyl Railings?

Yes! Decks come in all shapes and sizes, so it’s common to cut rails or railing panels down to fit your space. To cut vinyl railing, use a miter saw with a high tooth-count carbide blade.

Vinyl Railing Maintenance

How Do I Clean Vinyl Railing?

It’s easy to clean your vinyl railings - typically, all it takes is a mild detergent (like a dishwashing liquid or powder), a towel and a soft cloth or sponge.

Step 1: Sweep away any dirt or debris from your railings and deck space

Step 2: Rinse your vinyl railing with clean water

Step 3: Mix water with your mild soap and wipe down your railings with the soapy mix and a soft cloth or sponge.

Step 4: Rinse off your deck railing and dry with a clean towel.

It’s that easy! Vinyl railing is a low-maintenance option that allows you to spend more time enjoying your deck and less time maintaining it.

How Does Vinyl Railing Hold Up In Harsh Weather?

Vinyl railing systems are exceptionally durable and long-lasting, resisting rotting, chipping, cracking, or discoloration. At DecksDirect, we handpick only railings we can trust to stay strong and great-looking in an outdoor deck setting.