deck railing

Types of Deck Railing Design Ideas

Are you looking for beautiful deck railing styles to fit your deck’s standards? Until they start designing, most people don’t realize how vital rails are for the perfect look.

Common Materials Used for Deck Railings

Deck railing material is usually an important consideration when choosing the best deck railings. You’ll want to consider safety, cost, durability, and aesthetics. The market has quite a few materials to pick from these days: wooden, metal, steel, steel, aluminum, composite, plastic or vinyl, and cable railings.

Harbor Exports offers various deck railings, each with its own benefits. Explore your options below to create your vision – whether you’re after a classic look, sleek modern design, or a showstopping railing with lighting enhancements!

Cable Deck Railing

Cable deck railings emphasize safety and beautification. They create a contemporary but stylish deck using 316L stainless steel and ordinary cable. This style features vertical or horizontal wires and a wooden frame. 

In addition to a very modern feel, the cable is highly durable due to the anti-corrosion properties of sturdy stainless steel, so it’s perfect for marine environments. The cables are classy, easy to install, and require little maintenance. 

Cable railing also allows you to tailor the look with ipe, stainless top or bottom rails, vinyl post sleeves, composite posts, and wood.

Best of all – cable railing doesn’t block your view, so you can still enjoy the ocean. 

Stainless Steel Deck Railing

Stainless steel railing is for the bold designer! The all-over look creates sleek lines without compromising your ocean view. However, you can also incorporate stainless steel elements with top or bottom rails or posts along with ipe or composite to make your railing design more dynamic. Additionally, steel rails are flexible, so they can be molded into any shape without breaking.

The great thing about stainless steel cable is that it lasts a long time, so it’s very cost-effective compared to other materials like wood. It also has a timeless quality and doesn’t go out of style, so it’s an excellent long-term investment. 

If you’re looking for that “wow” factor, you can embed MicroStar lights in the top rail to give a soft glow down onto the stainless steel cables and add LED post cap lights. 

Aluminum Deck Railing

Aluminum deck railing is ideal for marine ecosystems – it can withstand weather extremes, isn’t susceptible to rust, is affordable, and looks gorgeous. It also doesn’t bend easily.

There is a wide variety of designs, colors, and textures, so every aluminum railing looks unique. Choose from vertical cabling, customized post cap lights, ADA-compliant railing, and various heights for any project of your choosing. 

Aluminum railing is also frequently available in pre-assembled sections, making your life so much easier when it comes to installation.

Composite Deck Railing

If you like the feel of natural wood, composite deck railing is the material for you. It has the look of real wood without painting or staining and with the added benefit of superior safety and strength that will not rot, peel, or splinter. 

Composite railings are increasingly popular thanks to low maintenance costs – most don’t need painting or sanding. Plus, they are durable and primarily non-toxic.

We offer some of the most stunning yet low-maintenance composite deck railing systems for your marine deck needs.  

Vinyl Deck Railing

Extremely durable and UV-protected, vinyl never needs to be painted. It also masks scratches and gouges exceptionally well since the color penetrates through the material. Overall, it’s a terrific option, as it basically eliminates the need for painting, replacement, and upkeep costs. It has a modern look with many color options to customize your deck railing project to your overall aesthetic. 

These railings don’t rust, and insects don’t like them.

Deck Railing Brands

There’s no one-size-fits-all as far as choosing the right kind of deck rails is concerned. Harbor Exports works with high-quality manufacturers and railing designers, so your projects look beautiful, long-lasting, and completely functional. 

Atlantis Rail Systems

Massachusetts-based Atlantis Rail deck railing is easy to install, professional, and offers numerous customizable systems. It’s durable, low maintenance, and modern – yet utterly unobtrusive to the views your visitors want when on your deck. 


Based in British Columbia, Century Aluminum Railings is an industry leader in aluminum deck railing solutions, from DIY homeowner projects to large-scale commercial development. They also practice sustainable manufacturing. 


Trex is known for its Trex Signanatural, Trex Transcend, and Trex Select deck railing systems.

Discover the Best Types of Deck Railing

The best deck railings are durable, classy, and require little or no maintenance. Cost is also an important consideration, so you should be sure you’re getting the best deals for valuable railings. 

At Harbor Exports, we offer you all of these benefits and more! Contact us for guidance on your deck railing project – we’ll be happy to help tailor your design to your needs and get the right product into your hands.