How to Build Deck Railings

There are numerous designs that can be applied into your desired deck railings aside from safety features. Traditional railings are the easiest to construct and place while other variations may need the help of an engineer to build to ensure their safety. It is very important that a railing meets the safety standards because it is use keep individuals safe.


The materials that you need to acquire for your project are one by three inches outdoor stock, one by two inches outdoor stock, sandpaper, nails, screws and bolts and glue that is typically used for carpentry.


The tools needed in building your platform railings are a drill with complete bit set, saw, hammer, marker, paper, level, chalk line and yarn or string.


This kind of system is a very simple to place down and construct. The vertical parts of your project are called stiles. Carefully cut as many as you needed to the length that the building code in your area requires. Although there are visible differences that you should follow, most building codes require about four inches of space in between the stiles.

If you are constructing a traditional railing, you have to decide whether you will be placing the stiles just to the elements of your deck rail or to the joist below your platform. Divide the stiles to your local building height codes. Divide the outside portion of the upper part of the stile at any angle that you want for additional design. Place a pair of screw holes into the divided part of the stile-one at upper portion and the stile’s countersink.

If the posts place in the corner of the platform does not reach the upper portion of the deck, you should trim the deck in order to continue placing the post. But you can just utilize a bigger stock for your corner post.

Utilize the lower part of the joist as a pattern when placing the stiles. A hole that is pre-drilled in the structure is appropriate for nails that needed to be galvanized. Make a jag for spaces in between the stiles and secure them in place with a nail.

When you reach approximately ten inches, place another support for the header portion. This board will help stabilize the upper portion of the stiles and is usually ten inches long. As you continue to place stiles in your railings, start to install the header board. This will connect the whole thing together. Put the drill into the hole that you previously drilled at the stiles and continue placing the hole into the joist.

Connect the stile to board with a screw. For additional strength, place nails that are galvanized into the cap and header area. Connect the two parts with a nail. For a finishing touch, you can either varnish or paint your project. If you divided the stiles of the railings, it will be simpler to varnish before you put them together.