How to Replace Old Deck Railing

Whether replacing an old, worn-down deck railing due to damage and safety, or you're simply looking to spruce up the look of your home's outdoor space, learning how to remove and replace an old deck railing system is an easy process. Find out how simple it can be to both enhance the entire atmosphere of your family's deck and expand your living space outdoors.

Low-maintenance deck railing systems can help you and your family spend more time enjoying yourselves out on the deck and less time having to hassle with upkeep! Choose from a stunning metal deck railing line, a completely customizable composite railing system, a sleek stainless steel cable deck railing design and so much more! Updating your existing deck railing to a more modern style can be done in just an afternoon and can take years off the appearance of your deck.

Replace Old Deck Railings - Step by Step

First, go ahead and make notes of what parts of your deck railing will need to be removed and replaced. Often you can complete a deck renovation without fully removing all of the structural pieces. Check for any rot, water damage, warping, etc. Your deck makeover may be a lot quicker if your existing deck posts can be remain in placed. Then you'll be able to simply install new sections of deck railing between your posts! For more information, read the post Decks 101: How To Replace Old Deck Railing & Keep Your Posts.

Remove the necessary pieces of your old deck railing. Generally, most wood deck railing systems are attached via structural screws toe-nailed into the deck posts. For these situations, use a drill to power backward and remove the driven screws. With those connectors removed, lift the railing section from its position, and set aside for removal.

If you're also removing your deck posts and you want to maintain the natural look of wooden deck posts on your outdoor space, use a Titan Post Anchor to attach your 4x4 or 6x6 wooden deck posts as you need. To find out how watch the video below:

Then simply install your new deck railing system in place between your posts per the manufacturer's instructions! Whether mounting a new powder-coated alumium raiilng line, beautiful glass baluster railing setup, or even a substantial composite railing; all of these can be easily installed for a finished project in no time.

Learn more about the basics of deck railing code-compliance and installation in the Deck Railing Guide and Glossary of Deck Terms and Lingo.

Browse more deck design and railing style notes to upgrade your backyard space and deck in the DecksDirect Railing Style Guide. The quickest way to learn if your home is more suited for a classic aluminum deck railing or a strong, composite railing line.

The more you know, the better your deck and backyard projects will be! Whether you're looking at a brand new start or a fresh end-of-season deck renovation, give our deck designers a call at 1-888-824-5316 or send us an email at Our deck experts will help you get the information, products, and tools you need for a gorgeous deck that you created and designed!

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