Wood Railing

Custom Wood Railings

In recent decades more and more styles of exteriors railings have been developed and have become popular in Canadian homes. Aluminum, glass, steel, wrought iron and wood railings can all be used at to border your deck area or lead down your deck stairs. One of the most classic and trusted styles of deck railings are made of wood materials.

Wood railings can be made in several different wood types, as well as stained to offer a number of differing colours and finishes. These railings provide a natural and elegant feel to any deck space. With the proper craftsmanship, materials, and care, wood railings can look great for decades.

A wood railing that rots or becomes damaged prematurely is usually caused by the wrong material selection and poor workmanship. Leave your wood railing construction needs to the experts at Mountain View Sun Decks. Our team has the expertise and knowledge to help you design the ideal railing and to ensure it is installed perfectly.

Types Of Wood Railings

Pressure treated Pine wood is the most common form of a wood railing, though other wood materials can be used to offer natural moisture resistance as well as different appearances and colours. These are 5 types of wood used in exterior railings:

  • Pine – Pine can be the most cost-effective wood options for deck railings.
  • Cypress – Cypress is a darker wood tone that displays beautiful and warm shades of red.
  • Cedar – This rich golden and brown wood creates an upscale and inviting deck space.
  • Redwood – Redwood is a very high-end material that showcases deep red and burgundy tones.
  • Tropical – These woods are tan and smooth and can last upwards of 40 years when properly treated and stained.

How To Finish Wood Railings

The finish on a wood railing plays a major role in the railing’s final appearance and resistance to rot or insect infestations. These are 5 steps that outline how to professionally finish a wood railing.

  • Step 1 – The deck is prepared for painting and finishing. Run a heavy string or tape across the perimeter of the deck and create some signs mentioning wet paint. This helps ensure no one uses the railing while it is being finished.
  • Step 2 – Any existing paint or rough patches are removed from your railing system with 80-grit sandpaper and or a sanding block.
  • Step 3 – With much lower grit sandpaper, the surface is smoothed. After sanding is completed a slightly damp cloth is used to remove all dust created during the sanding process.
  • Step 4 – After the railing has dried a paint primer can be applied to the surface. Quality is key to create a fully primed finish and to avoid paintbrush fibres from falling onto your railing.
  • Step 5  – Paint can now be applied using a new and or well-cleaned brush. Several coats can be applied. When the paint is dry, drop cloths can be removed and the railing is ready for use.

Advantages Of Wood Railings

Wood railings are natural, elegant, cost-effective and highly customizable. Wood railings can also last for decades when properly installed and maintained. These are 3 great benefits of wood railings on your decking systems.

  • Elegance – No material will ever match the classic sense of elegance and beauty that wood can provide. Wood railings offer a rustic and traditional feel to any deck.
  • Selection – Different wood options can offer different price points, levels of durability and looks. With the immense selections available, homeowners can always find their perfect wood railing material.
  • Cost – Wood railings are often the most cost-effective deck railing material. Pressure treated pine is often the least expensive overall option.

Wood Deck Railings

Deck railings crafted from wood can work to blend into the natural surroundings. These railings can be ideal for homes that back onto forestry or homes that are looking to create a rustic feel within their deck space. A painted pressure treated deck railing can also create a durable and aesthetic railing system that is very cost effective. Wood deck railings cannot be overlooked when deciding on your custom deck railing material.

Wood Stair Railings

Wood railings are ideal for staircases. Even decks that are made from vinyl, composite or other materials can utilise wood railings. Often times, raised decks are seen as a viewpoint, though in years to come, homeowners want better access to their deck. A wooden staircase can be made at low cost and efficiently to help make the deck space become more accessible from the backyard.

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Wood Railing, Fence & Privacy Walls

If you like wood railings over metal, and don’t mind to do some painting or staining, we have options for wood rail, wood fence and wood benches too.


Wood Railing Traditional wood rail is a low cost product compared to aluminum railings. The options for wooden railings come with a variety of materials and designs.
Fence This is a sample of pressure treated fortress fence. Many other materials and styles available.
Lattice Privacy Wall Heavy duty cedar privacy lattice railings are built with 2×4 frames. Options for other materials and styles available.
Wood Bench This is a sample of pressure treated benches with brackets on pressure treated deck. There are other options for materials that can be used such as cedar, PVC, composite, etc. There are many different styles of benches that can be built such as box benches.

Contact Us

For expertly crafted custom decks, railings, and stairs in Calgary, trust Mountain View Sun Decks to elevate your outdoor space.

Contact us today to discuss your project and let our team turn your vision into a stunning reality.

Unit B, 2121 39 Ave N.E.
Calgary, AB T2E 6R7
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