Horizontal vs Vertical Deck Railings

4 Jun 2020 Railings

Getting to know the differences between horizontal and vertical deck railings will help you make an informed decision about which type of railing will work best for your unique needs. At Vista Railings, they understand that both horizontal and vertical deck railings offer different benefits. That is why they carry a wide selection of aluminum railing options with both horizontal and vertical balusters.

Differences Between Horizontal and Vertical Deck Railings

Choosing the right kind of balusters can help complete the look of any aluminum deck railing. Whether you are thinking about installing horizontal or vertical deck railings, balusters are available in wood, aluminum, glass, and cables. While vertical balusters are most commonly used, horizontal balusters are continuing to become increasingly popular.

Horizontal Balusters

In some cases, depending on the material being used, horizontal balusters are cheaper than vertical balusters because less material, fasteners, and hardware are needed. Horizontal railings also provide a higher level of versatility and greater design flexibility, as any material, such as wood, aluminum, glass, or cable, can be used for the railings.

While horizontal balusters are becoming an increasingly popular choice for deck railings, horizontal balusters can block the view more than vertical balusters do, depending on the materials being used. This means that horizontal balusters can be an excellent choice for adding privacy to your deck space but may not be the best choice for enhancing the view.

Vertical Balusters

Similar to horizontal balusters, vertical balusters can be made from wood, aluminum, glass, or cable materials, making it easy to find the right railing look for your unique space; however, vertical balusters do require the use of more material, fasteners, and hardware.

Vertical balusters tend to be the most popular choice of deck railing used, thanks to their level of safety and the wide range of materials available. Unlike horizontal balusters which can easily be climbed by small children, vertical balusters create a safer deck space while still working to enhance the view from the deck as much as possible.

If you would like to learn more about the differences between horizontal and vertical deck railings, or if you are interested in one of their aluminum deck railings, please contact Vista Railings at 1-800-867-8247. Their team would love to help you select the perfect deck railing for your unique deck space, as well as to answer any questions you might have about our deck railing products.