Dek Rail FAQ
This page answers the most common questions for either the Dek Rail frame in general or how our orders are handled. Feel free to call or email anytime if your question is not addressed here.
Dek Rail Railings FAQ
No welding required at all. Dek Rail is a modular component frame system so all parts are connected either the provided screws or male to female interlocking snap assembly. Common hand & power tools will work just fine for installation. A miter saw will cut the horizontal materials to lengths needed & will require a non-ferrous blade for cutting aluminum. These blades can be rented at most tool rental stores or purchased from a big box store for a reasonable price. No special skills are required to install Dek Rail. The product was specifically designed for D.I.Y. applications.
All Dek Rail components are made from extruded 6000 series aluminum alloy in T5 & T6 tempers. These are the best alloy & tempers to use for aluminum railings as they offer both optimal strength while still being able to provide a smooth & attractive surface for painting.
Yes. All required component connection hardware including all various screws needed to completely install the product are included with each order. Most other companies charge all fasteners separately.
All Dek Rail railing frame components are electro statically powder coated. The extrusions are pre-treated in a dip tank bath solution to etch & clean them then heated in an oven. While still hot the frame parts are sent into the paint booth and powder is applied which sticks to the hot or electro charged material. Finally the parts are moved back into the oven & the powder is baked on for a tough & durable consistent finish. Electro static powder coating is by far the best method for painting exposed aluminum extrusions.
No. Regardless of frame style, all Dek Rail frame components are made from 100% pure extruded aluminum. We do not use any plastic or cast aluminum parts which can easily break down in hot weather & become brittle or suffer paint peeling issues. This means our component connection hardware is also from extruded aluminum. None of our frame connections use bulky & unsightly universal brackets which are typically made from plastic or low-grade cast aluminum.
Every Dek Rail frame style can be set up with either side mounted or surface mounted posts. In some cases it makes the most sense to have a combination of both whereby all main deck runs are side mounted posts & the stairs are surface mounted. If you are viewing a photo set in our gallery & it’s showing side mounted posts for example the same style can be done with surface mount. The best scenario for your project will be determined prior to the order being prepared.
All Dek Rail orders are fully protected with an automatic 10 year warranty against materials defects. We have many Dek Rail installations throughout the US & Canada that are over 20 plus years and still in excellent usable condition. The product is well capable of lasting until the deck itself needs replacement. It is expected that the powder coat finish can & likely will lighten up over time & this condition should be considered normal wear & tear common to all railing frames. Periodic cleaning of your Dek Rail railings will ensure the product looks as new as possible for many years to come.
Most likely you will already know this for your location. However, as a general rule, any deck in Canada that has any portion at 6 feet above grade or ground must be 42 inches. If the deck is 3 feet or less then you can have either 42 or 36 inches. US customers can have 36 or 42 at pretty much any deck height but by far 42 inches is the most common standard now days for both Countries. If you are unsure about this then you should check with your local building dept.