Colorado Springs composite railing

Looking to enhance the look and secure your deck, patio, or porch? In this article we have included 10 different handrail styles for your outdoor living build.

Which handrail will make the most sense for your home and style? Researching your options before beginning your project is a must. You can choose anything from vertical or horizontal balusters, a variety of different materials, countless colors / stains, and every individual touch in between.

Picking these items does not just mean picking what looks best, but also taking into consideration the safety, maintenance, lifespan, and budget. As we get ready for spring in Colorado Springs, it is a great time to get your railing project completed. We know you will want to spend your summer enjoying the new improvement. Here are a few pros and cons to think about when choosing outdoor handrail.

Aluminum and Galvanized Railing

  • Durable
  • Low maintenance
  • Lasts a lifetime
  • No rotting or rusting
  • No need to keep stained or painted
  • Most common option for business owners or commercial space
  • Suited for contemporary decks
  • Can be painted to match any color scheme
  • Incredibly strong
  • Cost a little higher than standard wood. Here’s why:
    • Fabrication cost
    • Material cost
    • Up front cost saves you down the road due to low maintenance.

Wrought Iron

  • Classic look
  • Most popular custom selection
  • Seamless
  • Kits available

Closed Deck Railing

  • Privacy
  • Safety
  • Customizable with pop of color or stain
  • Lattice patterns for design and allow a breeze
  • You can do a partial wall or a full size
  • Solid or designed with space to allow air to move through the railing

Cable Railing

  • Aesthetically pleasing
  • Extremely secure
  • Trend that is taking off for modern/ contemporary homes
  • Next to glass, offers least obstruction for breathtaking views

Glass Deck Railing

  • Great for homes with a view leaving no obstructions in your line of sight
  • Requires concerted maintenance, primarily cleaning
  • Open feel while meeting code and giving security
  • More durable than one might think

Illuminated Deck Railing

  • Lighting is essential to completing outdoor living spaces
  • Superb ambiance ¬– controllable to suit any occasion
  • Built directly into handrail or able to be added later


  • Budget friendly
  • You can paint or stain
  • Unique way to update existing spaces

Bench Railing

  • Great option for more seating
  • Railing acts as the seat back

Wood Railing

  • Traditional fit and finish
  • Versatile with numerous wood species to choose from
  • Can be painted or stained to match
  • Prices vary with types of wood choices

Composite Railing

  • Very low maintenance
  • Common alternative to metal railing
  • Wide range of designs and colors
  • Easy way to add style
  • Durable
  • Affordable

Having a deck in Colorado Springs to enjoy those mountain views is a huge draw for homeowners. The handrail is really the piece that brings the project together, but often the unsung focal point. Initially, most don’t realize how important a handrail decision is–and that’s why we’re here–to help guide you through the process. Now that you have some general information on outdoor handrails, what material and style will you choose? When you’re ready, give your trusted general contractor a call to see when Alpine Contracting can start your dream project.