Do You Need a Railing on Your Deck?

27 Feb 2020 Railings

Knowing whether or not you need a railing on your deck will help you ensure that your deck space is safe and enjoyable for people of all ages. At Vista Railings, they understand how having the right railing for your deck can make all the difference in the world. That is why they offer a wide selection of railings to choose from that are all designed to provide a safer deck space.

How to Determine if You Need a Deck Railing

Depending on where you live, your deck may be required to have a railing if the tread of the deck exceeds a certain distance from the ground in order for it to be considered up to code. While decks with a distance from the ground that is less than the code requirements are not required by law to have a railing, having a deck railing installed can help prevent injuries and damage to your property.

Some of the things that you should take into consideration when determining if your deck needs a railing include:

Will Older Adults be Using the Deck?

Since older adults are more susceptible to injuries caused by falls, having a deck railing installed can provide a barrier to prevent seniors or people with balance issues from falling off the deck. In slippery or wet conditions, a railing system can prevent seniors from falling and becoming seriously injured by giving them something to lean on for support.

Can Children Access the Deck?

If children will be using the deck on a regular basis, you should consider having railings installed. For small children, tumbling off a deck, even if it is only a few inches off the ground, can result in serious injuries.

Do You Need to Prevent Damage to Outdoor Furniture?

If the area that you are living in is prone to windstorms, having deck railings can help prevent the wind from damaging any outdoor furniture. This is because railings can help create a barrier that will prevent your outdoor furniture from being blown off the deck and onto the ground, lowering the chances of your furniture being damaged due to falling off the deck.

If you would like to learn more about whether or not you need a railing on your deck, or if you are interested in one of their railing products, please contact Vista Railings at 1-800-667-8247.