You want your home to be as safe as it is beautiful and railings can be an architectural detail that delivers both—inside or out. Railings are often the defining elements of an area’s aesthetic boundaries, setting off porches, patios, decks, walkways, balconies, or stairs. They can also, however, offer a sturdy handhold when spring rains turn surfaces slick or New York winter snows turn to ice. Gated, they can keep children within eyesight and help pets stay home and safe, even as they give unwanted visitors pause. At Builders FirstSource, we want to make it easy to find a railing that does exactly what you want, but we also want it to be a railing that will remain beautiful for years to come.
At their absolute simplest, railings are just posts with a rail or two spanning the distances between them. What makes them interesting and distinctive are the selections in materials, styles, details, and installations.
Material choices range from sleek powder-coated aluminum to solid composites that can yield the fresh, clean look of white as easily as a full palette of other complementary colors. With the ranges in finishes and applications, no two looks ever have to be exactly the same.
Posts are sturdy yet tailored for style and convenience. Most use an aluminum core for security, allowing full customization with composite sleeves to match the look you’re trying to create. Some even offer lighted post caps and rail lighting for nighttime illumination.
Handrails can have the natural look and feel of wood without the splinters thanks to polymers and wood composites. They can also match the rest of the railing components perfectly, serve as an elegant contrast, or introduce a whole new look in aluminum or black steel. It’s all up to you.
Infills—the distances between posts—can feature any design, vertical, horizontal, diagonal, and more. Go with custom baluster spindles supporting the top rail. Or check out the new stainless steel cable options or the uninterrupted effect of clear glass panels. Infill selections let you create a railing that’s as complex, traditional, modern, or transparent as you choose.
New railing options allow homeowners, builders, and remodelers more freedoms than ever before. Selections are customizable, allowing you endless choices in distinctive looks. Yet railings are also maintenance-free, letting you enjoy the living spaces they define for years to come. Come see all the choices you have at your nearest Builders FirstSource location. Many of our top railing suppliers are also our top decking suppliers such as Fiberon and TimberTech AZEK. Visit our showrooms in Cicero or Clifton Park or check out our full-service lumberyards in Bayport, Congers, Farmingdale, Johnstown, Mahopac, Mexico, Middletown, New Hyde Park, Rosendale, Ticonderoga, and Vails Gate. Wherever you are in New York, our friendly team can guide you from quote to completion. Let us help you find the perfect railing to define your space.