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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!

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