Deck Railing Cost Comparison and Railing Product Types

Beautiful Deck Railing atop a stair landing infront of lush green back yard the aluminum deck railing pictured is DekPro Prestige in Absolute Black
  • What is Deck Railing?

  • What is the Deck Railing Cost Comparison?

  • How much is Railing?

  • How does Aluminum Railing Compare to Cable Railing, Iron Railing and Composite Railing?

If you’ve had any of these questions, let’s see if we can help clarify!


DekPro Prestige Absolute Black Aluminum Railing System, Face Mount Posts, All Alluminum Rail Kits, Gate Kits


What Is Deck Railing

Railing is a structural barrier that keeps people and pets safe from falling, especially when the edge of a deck or patio is 18" from the ground, or more. Railing systems use Posts and Rails to complete stable, level and stair railing. It is important to understand the installation process before purchasing railings. Installation and Product resources are provided on collection, or product pages, and are also available by email request


Westbury Tuscany C10 Deck Railing System, Aluminum Rail Kits, Post Kits, 4x4 Posts, Fine Texture Black,


Cost Comparison

The Deck Railing Cost Comparison seems to show that Iron and Aluminum are the best valued deck railing options. Composite Railing with aluminum balusters or composite baluster infill is more expensive than all-aluminum rail, and Cable infill with composite railing will be more expensive than cable with aluminum rail. Some of the best cable railing Though, Cable Deck Railing tends to be similar in cost to Glass Railing or Glass Handrail.

Cedar Wood Railing, Aluminum Balusters

What does railing cost?

The railing systems we sell have a price range of about $50-$60 per lineal foot for aluminum systems, up to $100-$150 in the cable systems. Price depends largely upon options such as post size, stocking profiles, stocking colors, best usage of materials.

Traditionally wood railing has been used for most decks, this is changing. Wood railing may be the least expensive to purchase, but will cost the most in maintenance. Throughout the life of a deck, say 20 years, wood railing will either need be replaced completely at least once, or will require maintenance yearly if not bi-annually. For this reason wood railing is of the most expensive types of railing.

Westbury Tuscany C10 Deck Railing System, Aluminum Rail Kits, Post Kits, 2"x2" Post Kits, Fine Texture Black, Accents Post Caps Led Low Volatage

Why is Aluminum Railing great choice?

The biggest factor is the durability of Aluminum. Iron can rust if not properly cared for, but Aluminum will not. It is a good idea to purchase touch-up paint, or a paint pen in the color of your railing to cover any areas where paint has scratched off, no matter if you have iron or aluminum railing. Touching up railing with paint is easy and effective, anyone can do it. There are several collections of All-Aluminum railing; with a range in top rail profile, color selection, and price. Aluminum Railing collections usually have a “face-mount" or "base mount" post option. This means the post is installed on the top of the deck and requires adequate blocking of the frame under the post locations. Westbury’s Tuscany C-10 is undoubtedly the most popular aluminum railing systems, but other lines such as DekPro Prestige, and AL13 Home are beautiful looking systems, with a slightly different approach.    


DekPro Prestige Dream White Railing 3" Posts, Stair Railing, Level Railing, Level to stair rail, stair to level railing.


How much does Aluminum Railing Cost?

Aluminum Railing Systems or Collections like Tuscany C10 Railing Series range from $50/lnft to $60/lnft (not including labor) depending on use of material or (how much material is waste) Post size: 2”, 3”, or 4”, Collection, Gauge of Aluminum, and Shipping Costs. Currently, the lowest priced all-aluminum railing system is AL13 Home by Fortress. Another system by Fortress, Al13, has a much thicker gauge aluminum than AL13 Home as well as a difference in fabrication style. Both systems are made by Fortress Railing, but are made differently, and both systems reflect those differences in cost.

RadianceRail composite Deck Railing System TimberTech Great Warranty Beautiful Tradtional Railing, railing between existing 6x6 posts

Composite Railing Costs

Systems are quite similar to Aluminum Systems, in that they will include all necessary parts. Perhaps the biggest difference in Composite is the post option. Most composite rail systems provide a Post Sleeve which is placed over a nominal 4x4 (3.5”x3.5”) wooden post or Structural Newel Post. Rails are usually sold without Balusters for more mix-and-match options. Composite Railing like TimberTech RadianceRail can cost $65/lnft to $150/lnft (for material) again depending on the situation, application, and wasted materials, and type of infill, cable or baluster. Learn More about railing on our Railing Page


Westbury VertiCable C80 Gloss White Commercial Height Railing, Vertical Cable Railing System


Cable Railing

is another option people gravitate to. A minimalistic view, with a modern look; however cable can be expensive. Some options like Westbury C80 VertiCable is a vertical cable railing system, and one of the better-priced cable options costing around $90/lnft (material only). DesignRail by Feeney (which is a fully customizable railing of several top rail profiles, and color options) runs from $120/lnft to $150/lnft (material only,) and is considered the elite cable railing system. DesignRail Kits, on the other hand, is a collection by Feeney available in Black only, with series 150 Rail, a Horizontal Cable Railing at a lower cost than DesignRail. The huge advantage in this system are Kit Posts; which are pre-drilled to make the installation process as simple as can be.

Railing is arguably the most visible part of a deck. It is important to find the style, color, and size of railing that will match well with your house. With so many options available, we can help direct you to the railing that fits best for your project, and price range.