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Railing Posts

What’s Special About Viewrail Railing Posts?

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Our metal railing posts come in two materials: stainless steel and aluminum. Both types of metal are durable and strong. Aluminum is a slightly more cost-effective solution, while stainless steel railing posts are ideal for highly corrosive environments or areas that need extra strength.

Railing posts also come in a variety of mounting styles. They can be installed on the surface of your deck for a classic look, or mounted to the side to save space. Choose between three different infill options: stainless steel rod railing, innovative glass railing, or the classic lines of cable railing.

Stair Railing Posts

Posts are an essential component of any sturdy stair railing. If you have a wide staircase with plenty of room, use surface mounted posts to mount the post to the top of the tread. Side mount posts are a good option for skinny staircases, where you want to save room. To install railing posts onto a staircase with a knee wall, choose Angle Knee Wall Posts.
Stair railing posts

Let us know the angle of the knee wall, and we’ll manufacture the post at the correct angle to transition up your stairway. Aluminum railing posts are an excellent choice for interior staircases — the material will get the job done.

Posts are an essential component of any sturdy stair railing. If you have a wide staircase with plenty of room, use surface mounted posts to mount the post to the top of the tread. Side mount posts are a good option for skinny staircases, where you want to save room.

To install railing posts onto a staircase with a knee wall, choose Angle Knee Wall Posts. Let us know the angle of the knee wall, and we’ll manufacture the post at the correct angle to transition up your stairway. Aluminum railing posts are an excellent choice for interior staircases — the material will get the job done.

Finally, when it comes to your stairway, always be sure to choose a Universal Top Style Post (as opposed to a Flat Top). Universal posts have a swivel-top bracket to secure your handrail. This allows your handrail to sit at an angle, so it’s simpler to install and can easily transition up the angle.

Deck Railing Posts

deck railing posts
When it comes to your deck, our express system is an ideal, budget-friendly option. Express ships out the same day, and the posts are powder-coated black — which is the ideal finish option for lots of decks.If you have a system larger than 40 posts, or if you want a more custom design, use our Signature Line. The Signature Line contains posts with lots of different mounting options: side mount and bump-out side mount posts are great for mounting to the exterior fascia of a deck.

If you’re near saltwater, it’s important to use stainless steel posts for your deck. 2205 Stainless Steel posts are the most corrosion resistant posts on the market.

Installing Railing Posts

Installing your deck or stair railing posts should be the simplest part of your project. Viewrail offers installation kits to help you tension your cable, rod, and glass railing into the posts. The kits come with all the tools you need to install your system, saving you valuable time and a trip to the hardware store.

If you’re installing cable railing into wood posts, check out the DriveTite kits. Our cable railing install kit will allow you to install cables into metal railing posts. Use the rod railing install kit to tension rods into the posts. Purchase the glass railing kit for all the installation tools you need, as well as cleaning products to keep your glass panels polished for a long time.

If you’re installing Express posts into a deck, balcony, or other flat surface, you will most likely want to use level posts. Watch this short video (or below) to learn how to lay out and mount the level posts. You’ll start by checking your drawing, using a speed square, The only things you’ll need to bring are a drill, pen or pencil.

If you’re installing into a staircase or other angled surface, you will want to use angle posts. Watch this short video (or below) to learn how to prep, drill, and install your posts into the fascia of your project.

To learn everything you need to know about how to install cable railing with any of the express or signature line posts check out our youtube channel .

Depending on your project, you may need a different kind of post or mounting hardware. That’s why we offer a variety of products for every project type. If you’re installing into wood or composite decking, you will need four post mounting screws to secure each 2” square post into the wood.

If you’re installing into concrete, you will want to use special application posts. Mount them into the surface of your project with concrete wedge anchors, or purchase RedHeads at your local hardware store.

For a clean, finished look, use railing post foot covers. These subtle covers go on the bottom of the post and cover up all the mounting hardware, so it looks like the post is going right into the surface of the project.

Railing Post Building Code

No matter where you are installing your railing project, it’s important to make sure that your system is up to code. All Viewrail products are created to be 100% up to code, but it’s still the responsibility of the homeowner or contractor to install the system according to international, state, or local building codes.

The most important rule for railing systems is the 4 inch sphere rule. This states that a 4” sphere must not be able to pass through any gap in the railing system. Viewrail posts are drilled with holes that are 3 ⅛” apart, to ensure that the railing is up to code.

Make sure to space your posts no further than 4 feet apart, to ensure that your railing remains properly tensioned.

Railing Post Hardware

Each hardware component for railing is made from 2205 duplex stainless steel — a high-quality metal built specifically for extreme coastal or corrosive environments. Choose our cable railing kits or rod railing kits for products that will simplify your installation. Glass railing accessories are designed to hold the glass panels in place, creating an elegant, minimal appearance.

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