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How to pick the right railing for your space!

Clear Choice Contracting - Commercial and Residential Glass Experts : 

Phone- 250-857-2878 

Email [email protected]

Website- www.clearchoicecontracting.ca

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Know Your Code!

The first consideration in choosing deck railing is always safety. Before starting any deck project, contact

your local building department for any and all applicable code requirements. These vary from state to state and even among municipalities, but typically are as follows:

Baluster spacing

The opening between balusters should be less than four inches.

Railing height

Required railing height can also vary from city to city. The most common minimum height requirements are 36 or 42 inches from the deck surface to the top of the railing. Contact your local building department for specifications regarding your project. Many municipalities updated their requirements in 2009 and 2010.


In order to accommodate many budgets, Clear Choice Contracting offers a wide variety of rail systems. If you have an idea what you’d like to spend per lineal foot of rail, refer to www.clearchoicecontracting.ca in this guide and contact one of our railing experts to discuss which material or manufacturer and cost is best for your needs.

Time Frame

Clear Choice Contracting has Deck Builders like BF enterprises That offer the best built decks in Duncan,

Victoria, Naniamo, Mill Bay, Maple Bay, Ladysmith , and Chemanius. However, when offering a large variety of options, not all railing materials are readily available. If your project deadline is fast approaching, it is best to choose from items that are in stock and can be shipped quickly to avoid disappointment. Please contact Clear Choice Contracting on the contact us part of our page for quick access or call us today at 1-250-857-2878.

House Style/Architecture

In our opinion, the railing is THE most important choice you will make when planning your homes deck. It will be noticed from near and far, for better or worse. The size, color and style of railing can have a dramatic impact on the look and feel of your deck railing, and can help it to blend with the rest of your home and yard.Clear Choice Contracting thinks, for the most aesthetic appeal, the railing should complement the other details of your home by being in proportion to them.

Can you do this your self?

The seasoned handyman will be able to tackle any system without difficulty and will not shy away from a system which requires assembly of individual top and bottom rail components, balusters, and connectors. On the other hand, a homeowner new to this type of project might have more success installing prefabricated panels or using a system that has predetermined baluster sizes, angles and locations with pre-installed baluster connectors.

Location (coastal or inland)

Exposure to saltwater and salty air can damage a number of rail systems. If you are within a mile of the coast, Clear Choice Contracting offers a Special powder coated system that offers a longer warranty contact us at 250-857-2878 or www.clearchoicecontracting.ca to find out which systems are approved for the conditions in your area.

Exposure to outside

Environmental factors can play a role in your railing’s appearance and function. A glass railing within reach of lawn sprinklers might look perpetually spotty, and glass balusters can magnify the sun’s intensity (increasing the temperature on the deck surface) while cutting down on airflow.

Color Selection

Not all rail styles are available in all colors, so keep that in mind if color is your most important feature. For example, if white is the desired color, it is good to start with styles offered in white. Some systems have components that can be mixed and matched to achieve a custom look, and you may consider choosing a color or multiple colors to match or contrast with features on or around the home. Also keep in mind that the darker the color of the railing, the clearer the view through the railing will be. We have a large selection of custom colours to match any exterior or interior trim, please call 250-857-2878 or contact us at www.clearchoicecontracting.ca on the contact page.


All about the view - or lack of it.

Railing not only controls your view from the deck, it also determines what your neighbors can see. Wide obscure glass panels and railing provide more privacy for a deck with a hot tub, while picket and cable railing invite views from all perspectives. As stated in the color section, choosing darker infill allows for easier viewing through a rail section to the scenery beyond the deck.

Ideal post mounting application for the project

To maximize the available space on the deck surface,Clear Choice Contracting Recommends fascia mounting

as a great option. Not all systems offer this type of post, so the traditional method of mounting to a horizontal surface might be required.

Additional blocking or structure

To ensure a stable connection between each post and frame, a solid block is needed. If the framing does not already have enough structure, added blocking is necessary to enhance stability. We here at allied glass do offer to do the blocking as well as the manufacture of the custom railings. 

Maintenance Matters

How much time do you really want to spend maintaining the look of your deck and its railing? Traditional wood rails are quite time- and labor-intensive to maintain, so choosing a different material can free up lots of time to enjoy the deck! Glass panels or balusters may require treatment to minimize spotting, but mostly maintenance free.

Available Accessories

Are you planning a railing with a simple, straightforward layout? Or is complex and embellished what you

need? Each system has its own bracketry to accommodate angles and stairs, and some offer add-on enhancements such as cap rails for creating a unique look for your specific project.

*Notes from the manufacturer*

Each system is custom built to local codes and specification needed for that area, we offer a fully welded system with the option of custom laminated glass and obscure laminated glass if required by engineering.

Each engineered deck rail comes with a set of signed of drawings provided and paid to by the manufacture and Clear Choice Contracting - Commercial and Residential Glass Experts. All time lines given are an estimated timelines. Warranty on powder coating to be discussed at time of signing. Clear Choice Contracting - Commercial and Residential Glass Experts contracts the manufacturing to a 3rd party and will be onsite for consultation, fitment placement and installation.