Front Porch Railing
Materials and Styles for Front Porch RailingsOut front porch railing guide gives you options for choosing just the right material for your front porch or deck.
You can choose from a variety of front porch railing styles and materials ranging from wood to vinyl and at a cost to suit almost any budget.
It is important to not only select the best railing style for your home but also to ensure it meets your needs for maintenance and durability.
Fret sawn porch railingsKnowing your options will give you the information you need to make the best selections. Our information below is sure to help!
Wood Porch RailingsMost common, easy to build, and affordable. Consider that the best way to build a porch is to use different grades/types of wood for different areas. Spend extra for top quality lumber for those parts where it will be seen. Use pressure-treated wood for posts, joists, and beams.
Types of Wood Porch Railings
PVC porch railings by The Porch CompanyPVC or vinyl railing systems are excellent front porch railing material and are available in a variety of styles (colonial, contemporary, classic, etc.) and colors. Vinyl railings come as a system and usually have their own components to include 4x4 posts, 2x2 balusters, etc.
PVC cathedral scroll panels are from The Porch CompanyThe cathedral scroll railings are from The Porch Company (one of our fine sponsors). We love that these railings are virtually maintenance free.
Vinyl products for railings, although more expensive, are becoming very popular according to BackYard America.
See our Vinyl Porch Panel Photo Gallery for great ideas.
Reasons to Consider Vinyl Railings
Classic Aluminum Porch RailingClassic extruded aluminum balusters will add a distinctive wrought iron look to your porch at a fraction of the expense. Classic balusters come in 26" length (for a 36" railing) and 32" length (for a 42" railing) and are 3/4" in diameter.
They are relatively easy to install and can be used on wood or composites.
We actually installed well over 100 of them on our deck and didn't have any issues except one.
It helps to have more than one person assemble the balustrade; otherwise, it becomes a contest between you and the balusters!
They come in several different colors and styles ranging from colonial to more contemporary.
Video: Front Porch Railings
Hope you enjoy our video about front porch railings.
Tempered Glass PanelsGlass panels are great! We don't have them but I've seen many and they look super especially if you have any kind of view from your porch. In place of balusters, tempered glass panels are used. See how our friend, Larry, uses tempered glass panels on his porch.
Why Glass Panels?
Cable and Pre-engineered Aluminum Railing Frame SystemsWe found a great contemporary railing system that allows you fantastic flexibility. Made by DesignRail®, their system allows you to select either aluminum balusters, glass panels, or cables.
Their systems install easily, look great, are not cost prohibitive and come in a wide range of finishes.
Photo courtesy of A. Raimist
Porch Railing OptionOften times due to building code requirements, a minimum spacing is required (usually no more than 4" between balusters). Here's an idea you can use to meet code requirements and create a unique design:
Railing design not normally allowed by code; however a wire mesh is attached
Wire mesh attached to back
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