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Old 09-03-2011, 09:35 AM   #1
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How structural is Azek or Fiberon deck railing?

My deck will be 10' x 10'. If I use the 6' rail sections, I will need center posts at about 4'6" from the end posts.

Can I instead use the 12' sections unsuppored in the center for a 9' + run of railing? If so, I would not need the three center posts and post sleeves at a considerable cost savings.

Would you feel safe with that rail length on a deck 10' above ground?

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Old 09-05-2011, 08:29 AM   #2
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No one has used Azek or Fiberon railing?

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Old 09-05-2011, 11:01 AM   #3
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I have installed azek several times. It's a great railing and very sturdy. Timbertech also makes a great railing with lighting kits that are great. I usually don't span more than 8 ft for aesthetic purposes.
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Old 09-05-2011, 12:42 PM   #4
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After more searching and reading, the NC Residential Code specifies that railing posts cannot exceed 78" on center. So I'm back to using the 6' railing sections and cutting off the excess.
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That's absurd you can only go that far
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Old 09-05-2011, 03:37 PM   #6
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I just completed a Timber Tech Radiance Railing Project which you can see in the project showcase section. It comes in 6 feet and 8 feet lengths. The kits come with crush blocks. There is one in the6 foot kit and 2 in the 8 foot kit so you can space them properly. This has proven to be a very sturdy system
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Old 09-06-2011, 11:28 AM   #7
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I agree. Too restrictive.

While applying for my permit an inspector told me years ago an NC Congressman's son was hurt when an elevated deck fell. Not sure if this actually happened or if it was the reason for the restrictive deck code.

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