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Here at TimberTech, we specialise in more than just high-quality, low-maintenance decking – we also happen to know a thing or two about installing composite decking rails.

Whether you already have a decking or are getting a deck installed, adding a handrail to the edge of your decked area has benefits both practically and aesthetically. Installing a composite decking rail looks great and can help prevent any unfortunate falls – particularly important if your decking covers a raised area.

So, if you’ve never fit a handrail before and want to get an idea of what to expect, you’ve come to the right place! All of TimberTech’s decking rails are made to be as simple as possible to fit – because we like making your life easier.

 To help you along the way, we’ve put together a basic checklist of things to consider when installing a composite decking rail:  

Pick your material

Before we can get into how to fit your decking handrail, you first need to select the material you want – TimberTech offers a deck handrail or a sturdy aluminium railing depending on the look you’re after. Both are incredibly low-maintenance and look great!

Plan ahead

Installing a composite decking rail can be tricky business without the proper prep. It may sound obvious, but it’s important you take the time to carefully plan exactly where you’ll feature the handrail on your composite decking – do you want it around the whole perimeter or just the one side? Use your measurements to order the decking handrail in a quantity that meets your specs.

Secure your posts

Secure the base posts of your decking handrail in the selected corners, these act as the foundation of your decking rail – the rest of your handrail will be assembled around these. Use the baseplates to keep the posts secure, it’s important your posts and baseplates are in the correct place before you permanently fix them here – if they are the wrong distance apart it can throw off the rest of your measurements!  

The Handrail

Secure the ‘corner connectors’ to the top of your posts – the handrail will be connected between these. Go along the length of the decking, securing corner connectors and adding the handrail between them till your handrail runs as desired between all of the posts.

Extra Details

While you should now have the basic outline of your decking handrail, a lot of the finer installation details will depend on the specific composite decking rail you have decided upon. Generally, the next thing to do will involve slotting the extra posts into place between your corner posts – whatever the next step, with TimberTech the installation process should never be too difficult, so get out those instructions and finish off your handrail!

fit

We hope these handy tips on how to fit a decking handrail have made the whole task seem far less daunting! But, if you’re feeling unsure, or are simply too busy to undertake the decking rail installation yourself, you can always make use of our team. They install decking professionally, it will be no bother for them to install your handrail for you! Hit the button below to find out more!

Our Team

If you have any queries or questions about the handrail options offered by TimberTech, feel free to get in touch! Drop us a line at info@timbertechuk.co.uk or give us a bell on 029 2080 3756. It’s what we’re here for!

One of the fantastic aspects of TimberTech's composite deck boards is the longevity and durability that they provide. With the ability to last for such a long time, there is no wonder why we provide a 30-year warranty on all of our composite decking boards, ensuring both quality and reliability and giving you the ease of mind that you will not have to replace your deck soon after getting it installed.

To illustrate this, take a look at the infographic we have made to show the journey over the 30-year warranty. (click here to expand)

Infographic Transcript

We offer a 30-year warranty on our composite decking boards! But let's put that in real terms. Imagine a beautiful baby boy named Dec was born on the same day you TimberTech decking was fitted. A lot can change over the course of 30 years, but as you're about to see, TimberTech decking can stand the test of time!

6 Months 

Baby Dec is starting to learn how to sit up unsupported - The beautiful composite wood decking looks as good as the first day it was fitted

1 Years Old

Baby Dec is crawling and learning to walk! - Still looking 10/10 - the deck boards show no signs of damage or splintering

4 Years Old

Walking and talking, Dec is off for his first day of primary school - Your TimberTech deck is still looking great, plus it's slip-resistant which is ideal for kids

11 Year Old

Primary school all done and dusted, Dec is about to start secondary school - Still in tip-top shape. Guests frequently compliment your 'new' decking. You explain you've had it 11 years

17 Years Old 

Dec is revising for his A-levels and deciding what to study at uni - Your new deck endured a cold, snowy winter and still looks amazing

21 Years Old

Dec graduates from university and hosts a garden party to celebrate - Despite being tested by many parties and social events, your TimberTech decking is still beautiful and scratch-free

25 Years Old 

Dec has a new job and comes back home to visit with his girlfriend - A quarter of a century later, and your TimberTech decking is still free from splintering, warping and rot

30 Years Old

Now married, Dec and his wife bring home their child to see the family and play in the garden - Your TimberTech decking has been with you for a full 30 years and has continued to look great despite almost no maintenance duties!

All of our composite deck board products are available via FREE samples, to order yours, click on the sample button below to visit our sample page. If you have any questions regarding our range of composite deck boards then please do not hesitate to contact us today!

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