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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!

Impression Rail

Are you looking to give your garden deck a sleek, contemporary finish? Do you want a decking balustrade system that won't succumb to rust, dilapidation, and wear and tear? If so, we'd very much like to introduce to TimberTech's new Impression Rail system!

Impression Rail is an aluminium railing solution that makes the perfect accompaniment for TimberTech composite decking. Supplied in a stylish black colour that looks striking and modern in any setting, the Impression Rail system offers deck owners the following benefits:

  • Since the decking balustrade is made of sturdy, rust-free aluminium, it requires practically zero maintenance.

  • An Impression Rail is a great finishing touch for your TimberTech deck - it has a contemporaryeye-catching appearance that's sure to complement your garden wonderfully.

  • Surrounding a raised deck with a decking balustrade/handrail is a great way to ensure the safety of those who use the space.

  • The Impression Rail system is easy to install...although our professional installers will be more than happy to handle the task for you if necessary!

If you're looking for an attractive, low-maintenance balustrade system for your garden deck, Impression Rail from TimberTech is an absolutely superb choice. Click here for further details, or contact TimberTech for a quotation.

Decking balustrade options

Adding a balustrade to your garden deck is a great way to finish the look and make your outdoor space stand out. Balustrades can also improve the safety of your deck, particularly if it is raised above the rest of your garden.

We offer a number of attractive decking balustrade options here at TimberTech - which one will you choose?

Glass balustrade without handrail

Glass Balustrade (No Handrail)

Made of toughened glass and marine-grade stainless steel, this stylish decking balustrade is a very popular option amongst TimberTech customers. It looks absolutely fantastic, particularly alongside our more contemporary decking colours such as Silver Maple.

 

Glass balustrade and handrail

Glass Balustrade (With Handrail)

Our steel and glass balustrade is also available with a top handrail that rounds off the design rather wonderfully. The posts and handrail are made from corrosion-resistant stainless steel, so your balustrade will require just as little maintenance as your TimberTech deck itself!

 

Frameless glass balustrade 

Frameless Glass Balustrade

If your tastes lean towards the more minimalist end of the design spectrum, our frameless glass balustrade system will suit you right down to the ground. Those toughened glass panels are unfettered by steel posts and rails, allowing them to provide the perfect finishing touch without obstructing your view whatsoever. We also supply privacy glass if you'd rather people couldn't see through your decking balustrade.

 

Cable rail system

Cable Railing System

Finally, if glass isn't your thing, we'd like to introduce you to our best-selling cable rail system. This is a very sturdy option with a slightly more unusual look; the whole construction is made from 316 stainless steel, and the threaded holes are flow drilled for the strongest possible results.

If you'd like to enquire about any of our decking balustrade products, please click here to contact the TimberTech team.

The options available here at TimberTech are almost endless, but we've recently realised that all the different products and designs we offer can be roughly separated into two categories: Traditional and Modern. We've got a variety of products that will help you to achieve an authentic, natural look in the garden, conversely, we also have all kinds of items that will contribute towards a sleek, contemporary-looking outdoor space.

So which style do you want - traditional or modern?

A Traditional Garden
If you want the charming, traditional effect, you'll want every inch of your outdoor space to look as natural as possible. We recommend using Reliaboard decking for your decked area - the flat-grain effect makes it look just like real wood, and choosing the cedar-coloured boards will ensure that everything looks pleasantly organic. For a truly traditional effect, consider adding our Ornamental Handrail, which is also available in Cedar so that everything will match.

A Contemporary Outdoor Living Space
So you want your garden to look cool and contemporary, do you? Most of our decking products are available in grey, giving you an astoundingly up-to-date look without compromising the naturalistic beauty of the composite wood. Combine the grey deck boards with either a stainless steel handrail or our cable rail system to finish off the look.

We've often trumpeted the merits of our glass balustrade system. The clean lines and spotless steel posts are perfect for a contemporary, cutting-edge garden design, and the pristine glass panels do nothing to compromise your view. With outstanding sturdiness and sublime style, a balustrade really is the ultimate decking accessory.

Only one question remains: do you want a handrail with your balustrade? The handrail certainly has its uses, and it does cap the balustrade off quite nicely, but if we're going on looks alone, we'd opt for the balustrade without a handrail every time. Without that shiny steel rail on top, the gleaming glass is able to take centre stage, and it's amazing how beautiful those panels are. They'll bring an extra helping of beauty to your back garden, and since they're transparent, you don't have to worry about blocking the light our your own view.

The glass we use in our balustrades is ultra-tough, and since it's 10mm thick, very few things are capable of shattering it. No need to worry about stray footballs, foul weather conditions, or general wear and tear - the gorgeous glass (and sturdy stainless steel) will overcome them all!

Want to find out more about our handrail-less glass balustrades? Take a look at this installation in Cwmbran, and see for yourself how great the glass can look.

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