Rated 4.2 out of 5 by 5
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Oldfolksrepair Easy to fit
This was simple to add on a remodel porch. We wrapped the post that was there with the matching post wrap and it worked easily. This rail we had to cut 1/2" off both sides to fit it to our porch. We have a good power saw and blade, clean cut. Quick fit. you do need to pre-drill post to let the screws work the best when using the kit that joins it to post. It does not come with the rail, you buy it separate. We have all the tools and technology, but we are aging, this allowed us to do our own repair even as Seniors.
June 17, 2016
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by MJ Nice Quality Product.
Nice quality product. Easy to install. Dressed up my 20 year old deck.
July 28, 2016
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by BvilleBound Best deck railing solution I found
The original wood railing on our deck was aging quickly, ugly and unsafe. I reviewed the options and picked the Veranda Regency composite product at our local Home Depot. I am a semi-pro home remodeler and know quite a bit about new building products and technology, and this composite is a winner. The core is strong and weather resistant like pultruded fiberglass, and the gloss white surface is sharp and never needs paint.
Unlike vinyl, the rails and balusters are strong even when it gets hot in the summer, self supporting and need no wood reinforcement. Sleeves slip over your existing posts, so no structural changes should be required. The rails also fasten to the posts with stainless brackets on the bottom side -- there are no ugly 'pocket brackets' at the end of every rail. The brackets and screws are all stainless steel, for long term strength and no rust stains.
I attached some photos showing the before-and-after from wood to Veranda. Here are a few installation tips:
> Post sleeves: The post sleeves will be larger than your wood posts, which leaves a gap. Insert a couple of shims at the top to tighten the sleeve against the post. This will make installation of the rail brackets easier; the sleeve won't shift and move when you are drilling holes and tightening the stainless screws. (A photo is attached showing the shims in place.)
> Rail brackets: Attach the brackets to the rails first. If you position the stainless rail brackets at the end of the rail, you will find that this often leads to a gap between the end of the rail and the post, after the rail is installed. Tape a thin piece of cardboard to a small builder's square, and hold it against the end of the rail when you position the bracket and mark the holes for the rail screws. This will shift the bracket back a bit, which will pull the rail tight to the post. (Photos are attached of the builder's square, the marks for the holes, the gap and the rail pulled tight.)
> Clamp the rails to the posts: To keep the rail securely in position while you mark the bracket holes, drill the pilots and tighten the screws, rest it on a couple of 2x4 pieces, then carefully clamp the bottom of the brackets to the posts with rubber faced clamps that won't mar the post sleeve. (Not a metal clamp.) The clamp will cover the bottom hole in the bracket; you can add this final screw after the other two are tightened.
> Stainless screws: People often complain about stainless screws 'twisting out' or breaking. Fact is, stainless is softer than the steel used for standard screws, e.g. Deckmate. You must be more careful. If your PT deck posts are old and hard, you may need to drill small pilot holes. Always use a fresh, high quality, full length driver bit -- not the free short ones that wiggle around and twist out. Drive the screws in slowly and carefully with constant pressure. If a screw starts to slip and skip, stop immediately, back it out slowly and start again with a new one. (High quality Milwaukee bits are available in the Home Depot tool dept.)
I hope all of this info is helpful. This was a great solution for our deck, and should be for yours!
September 20, 2014
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by Crogzwell Better than our old wood railing
Easy to install, almost didn't need the directions. Our old wood railing was dried out, cracking and generally unattractive. This looks much better. We'll see if it still looks as good in 10 years. We were concerned that it might not be sturdy enough but it certainly is.
October 24, 2015
Rated 3.0 out of 5.0 by dfield Decent, required brackets are worthless
The railing itself is pretty good quality, really like the look and the price is pretty competitive. One of the railing kits I received had the baluster holes cut 1.5" x 2" as opposed to 1.5x1.5; not a big deal I always buy a few extra for things like this and return as needed.
Biggest downside is the required brackets are more than $16 for 4 brackets and a handful of screws. Even with pre-drilling all the holes, the screws still all stripped. Ended up buying some quality screws separately...pretty big bummer for something that is so much. I would definitely keep the low quality and high expense of those brackets in mind before buying this again.
September 11, 2014