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Old 03-21-2009, 12:50 PM   #1
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Deck Post Height for Composite Post Railing


I am installing a composite/vinyl railing on a second story deck and would like advice for the post height.
The railing is 36" tall w/ a 39.5" high post, (from the decking), 4x4 post and I have 48" composite post sleeves. What height would you recommend for the post sleeve for the final post height? I am thinking 42" for a nice aesthetic look. This would give me 6" between the top rail and the top of the post. Any other opinions and why?

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Old 03-21-2009, 03:41 PM   #2
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42" will be fine.

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cut the sleeve to 38" it sits on the deck and the post skirt sits on the decking around it. The railing is set at 36" high leaving a small reveal (2") before the post sleeve cap.
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You say it's a second story deck so I will assume it's at least 8' off the ground.

Where I live the code height for railings on a deck that high is 42" - height from the top of the deck to the top of the railing top rail.
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In CT it is only 36" and there you have nothing to fall into but snow.
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I live in South Jersey . I have done a lot of vinyl railings and fiberglass decks here along the shore. The code here for a second story deck is also 42" I always cut my sleeves at 44 " . Consider the post cap may add around one inch or slightly less.
BTW . Fiberglass decks are very durable, watertight and require little maintenence . The gel coat which is the final top layer can be tinted to just about any color to match your siding colors. Re apply gel coat about every 10 years . Apply with standard paint roller .garydoran29@yahoo.com if you need any fiberglassing tips.

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