Versatility of design and color is one advantage of using prefabricated railings, and designs range from traditional to contemporary. Prefabricated railing kits typically come in several boxes, which gives customers a choice of component colors. Some deck manufacturers also offer matching prefabricated railing systems, which are compatible with various deck styles. Manufactured railings often undergo third-party testing to ensure they meet building code standards.
Railing kits designed for do-it-yourself homeowners come with printed and online instructions, and customers can contact customer service for further assistance with assembly. Railing components sometimes are not a perfect match even when the prefabricated railings come from the same deck manufacturer. Customers have the option to mix and match railing components, such as balusters, top rails and top-rail caps, to create a unique design.
The average time it takes to assemble 6 feet of manufactured railing is around 30 minutes, and railing systems don't require additional work, such as sanding or painting. A big benefit of using a prefabricated railing system is that it is easy to maintain, requiring an occasional wipe-down with a cloth. Railings with tempered glass panels require periodic cleaning with a solution of soap and water. Balusters included in prefabricated railings are usually made of powder-coated aluminum or steel.