Aluminum Railing

An Aluminum Railing With Awesome Strength and Beautiful, Clean Design.

Railing Description, Specs & FAQ

Attractive Outdoor Aluminum Railing

But strength isn’t our only feature. The beauty of Craft-Bilt Structural Railing is in its clean lines. There are no protruding splicers or couplings, everything is flush and smooth. The modern, substantive appearance will add value and “curb appeal” to your property.

Black Aluminum Railing with Double Top Rail

Double Top Railing with Tempered Glass

Craft-Bilt Maintenance Free Aluminum Railing eliminates the hassle of painting or staining. Never again worry about orange, rusting wrought iron or rotting wood with splinters and nails popping. Are you worried about the expansion, contraction, fading or cracking associated with plastic (PVC) and PVC composite products? You should be. Aluminum will outlast them all. Visit our product blog to view “Advantages of Aluminum Railing

Aluminum is used in commercial buildings, aircraft, aerospace and many other critical applications for its strength, exact tolerance, and maintenance-free properties. But this is not the aluminum railing you see at your lumber store, Craft-Bilt Structural Railing is heavier, thicker and stronger with test reports to show compliance with Canada’s tough national and provincial building codes.

Craft-Bilt’s post caps, wall brackets, and unique post bracket covers are made from CNC machined or die-cast aluminum… not plastic. Now look closely… all the fasteners and connections are concealed for a truly finished look!

Why Craft-Bilt’s Aluminum Railing is better? Please watch the video below:

Online Railing Price Tool

Now you can get you railing price online, click the Railing Calculator tab above to get started!

Aluminum Railing Calculator

Strong and Safe Railing for Your Deck

One look at our heavy aluminum posts and you will be impressed with the difference. Craft-Bilt’s unique design eliminates the reliance on screws that other companies use to attach their handrails to the posts. Our system is designed to use the largest anchors possible when fastening to your deck or slab. Visit our YouTube page to see comparisons and real post-testing to show compliance with national and provincial codes.

Do you want to learn more about the Ontario Building Code for Railing?

Craft-Bilt railing is designed for custom on-site fabrication to achieve a seamless blend with the architecture of your home. In addition to looking lovely on your home, Craft-Bilt railing provides an unparalleled level of safety.

LED Lighting For Railing

LED Railing Sconce Light

Announcing our high output LED sconce light. Our unique design beautifully compliments your Craft-Bilt railing installation. Made with quality parts as you’ve come to expect from Craft-Bilt: die-cast aluminum housing, polycarbonate lens, and stainless steel screws to name a few. Please click the LED Lighting tab for more information.

Are You Looking for Frameless Glass Railing?

In 2012, Craft-Bilt designed heavy duty glass adapters from scratch. They allow thick ½” glass panels to be used with any of our post styles. Find out more by visiting our Youtube Channel or visiting our topless glass railing page for more information.

Applications:

Beautifully Designed Craft-Bilt Structural Railing can be Utilized in Various Places

Aluminum Railing Decking

Residential

  • Backyard Decks
  • Front Porches
  • Around Pools
  • Balcony Railing
  • Privacy Panel
  • Balcony Divider
  • Boat House Railing
  • Cottages
  • Stairs inside and outside
  • Handicap Ramp Railing
  • Aluminum Fencing
  • Juliet Balcony Railing
Commercial Condominum Railing

Aluminum Railing for Condo

Commercial

  • Condominium Railing
  • Entryway
  • Handicap Ramps
  • Divider Fence
  • Store Entrance
  • Hotel / Campground Pool Fence
  • Apartment Buildings
  • Wind Screen for Out Door Patios

Please visit our Waterproof Aluminum Decking page to see Craft-Bilt’s Aluminum Decking and Aluminum Railing in combination.

Specifications:

Craft-Bilt Aluminum Railing Standard Colour Options:

White Sand Satin Black Earthstone

 

Picket and Glass Options for your Railing

  • ⅝” Square Picket Option
  • 1½” x ⅝” Picket Option
  • ⅝” Basket Picket Option
  • Tempered Glass Clear, Tinted or Frosted

Aluminum Railing Models

Craft-Bilt Aluminum Railing Post Options

  • 2¼” Post
  • 3″ Post
  • 5½” Post
  • 2¼” Cross Over Post

Aluminum Deck Post Types

Double Top Rail Option

Add some sizzle to your balcony with our double top rail option. An additional bottom rail is inverted and spaced 3⅞” away from the handrail. Meets building codes when used in the 42″ high railing. Consult your local building department for 36″ high railing applications.

Glass Railing Sketch

Privacy Panel / Balcony Divider / Pool Fencing

Craft-Bilt’s aluminum railing system can be used to enclose outdoor restaurant seating, as a privacy panel, a balcony divider or to make your pool safe for children. The system can be manufactured to any height you need, typically five or six feet, and it can be installed on concrete or a wood deck.

Privacy panels are made with 5mm or 6mm thick tempered glass or ⅝” thick multi-wall polycarbonate sheets. Tempered glass is typically ordered in “frosted”, also known as “pinhole”, which obscures the view. Polycarbonate sheets are available in clear, opal ice or bronze colour. Opal ice, which has a milky white appearance, is the best choice for privacy.

Privacy Panel with Black Railing

Frosted Glass Privacy Railing&Fence

 

Aluminum Railing Gates:

Craft-Bilt railing gates are made with matching post and handrail material, so they blend in perfectly. Our gates feature welded gussets in the corners so you know they will swing true for the life of your railing. Our gate hardware is second to none, made of high strength resins with spring loaded hinges and lockable latch with built-in keylock!

Aluminum Railing Gates

LED Lighting:

The Craft-Bilt LED Sconce Light, Redesigned for 2019!

Designed from scratch by Craft-Bilt, the curves of the sconce light match the same curves used in our handrail so it blends beautifully with our railing system.

  • Die-cast aluminum housing – no plastic
  • The latest high output LED technology
  • Two-year warranty
  • Colour matched powder coat finish
  • Polycarbonate lens, impact resistant
  • Stainless screws for the lens and internal circuit board
  • Installation is a snap!
  • Low voltage 12VAC
  • 4 watts
  • 3500K colour temperature, not too warm, not too white, perfect for landscape lighting
  • Expected life span: 50000 hours
  • Light output: 110 – 120 LM/W
  • Epistar LED chip

To maintain warranty we recommend using our 12V transformers.  They are outdoor rated and feature photo cell and timer. When selecting a transformer, reduce the stated capacity by 20% (i.e. a 100 watt transformer should not be used for more than 80 watts of lights).

                    LED Sconce Light       LED Landscape Light       LED Sconce Light       LED Sconce Light

Frequently Ask Questions:

What is maintenance free aluminum railing?
The home improvement business was revolutionized by aluminum. Gone were the rusting wrought iron railings and steel windows, gone were the rotting wood storm doors and windows. And gone was flaking paint and repainting. Painted aluminum lasts literally forever with only periodic cleaning. The paint finish, especially dark tones, may fade or “chalk” over time, but the underlying metal will last forever. In the typical home improvement scenario, aluminum will not corrode although contact with some chemicals should be avoided, for instance, direct unprotected contact with concrete or some deck cleaners. Salts will corrode many materials including aluminum, vinyl, and wood. Coastal environments are tough on all materials and many manufacturer warranties exclude these regions. While vinyl is considered maintenance free, from day one it is being broken down by photo-degradation. We have all seen old vinyl fences and siding that gets brittle and cracks. Unlike vinyl or composites, aluminum will maintain its strength for life.

What makes Craft-Bilt railing different?
The aluminum in Craft-Bilt railing has thicker walls than most systems and it’s designed to meet loads of the building code with a healthy factor of safety. If the manufacturer’s want to make more money, they will make their profiles as thin as possible.

Craft-Bilt post:

Railing Post Thickness

 

Competitor post:

Competitor Post Thickness

Craft-Bilt railing has been extensively tested, and the reports we provide allow customers across Canada to obtain building permits. Craft-Bilt railing has the look of finished carpentry, we don’t use bulky hinges or sockets. Craft-Bilt railing is designed and made in Canada while the typical railing you find in big box stores has arrived from overseas.

Is Craft-Bilt railing Engineered?
As mentioned above we have tested our railing extensively. It has been used on multi-floor condos and other critical applications. Our test reports are produced by a licensed professional engineer.

What colours are available for Craft-Bilt aluminum railing?
As of this writing, our railing colours are White, Sand, Earthstone, and Black.

Railing Colors

Because our railing is often used on high-end residential projects, we also keep an inventory of un-painted (mill finish) material so that we can fulfill custom colour requests.

What kind of glass is used in Craft-Bilt aluminum railing?
We only use tempered glass which we have tested and meets the loads required by the building code. Customers usually want to enjoy the view so they order clear glass, but we also offer grey and bronze tints, as well as specialty colours.

In buildings over 3 storeys high tempered glass can also be used, however in Ontario, if the glass is too close to the edge of the slab other types of glass must be used, like heat soaked tempered glass.

What is structural railing?
Sometimes we refer to our railing as “structural railing”. This is to indicate that it is designed to meet the building code and to differentiate it from the ornamental or wrought iron railing.

How do you attach a railing post to a wood deck?
If you buy a post that only comes with a thin screw, only long enough to bite the deck board you are playing with fate. The building code is very clear about point loads and other loads that railing must be able to withstand. When the specified load is applied to the top of a post, it acts as a lever, applying greatly magnified loads on the screws and the material into which they are driven. Our testing has shown that only large and long screws driven into substantial wood blocking will suffice. When you build your deck make sure to install 2×8 blocking at all post locations, following Craft-Bilt’s instructions.

What height should my railing be?
The building code calls for 36″ (900mm) high railing when the deck is 24″ (600mm) or more above the ground. When the deck is more than 72″ (1800) above ground, then 42″ (1070mm) railing must be used.

Sometimes you see a front porch with 42″ high railing even though it’s not required. That was the only height they could find at their local store! But a front porch with 42″ railing looks horrible.

Can I use glass railing in my deck stairs?
We do not recommend glass in the stairs for a number of reasons:
Cost. The cost of glass might be wasted since you typically do not sit on your stairs to enjoy the view. Railing glass on stairs is a parallelogram shape, which costs quite a bit more than rectangles.
Movement: The bottom of your stairs typically does not have a footing. This means the stairs will move slightly when the ground freezes in the winter. The glass could break or fall out.
Measuring. Installers usually make a cardboard template. Glass manufacturers can charge extra to make glass shapes based on templates (as opposed to electronic files like DWG (Autocad) or PDF). It’s not unheard of that the glass does not fit right the first time and has to be re-ordered.
Having said that, glass on stairs is certainly available.

What fasteners are used for railing posts screwed to concrete patios versus wood decks?
Unless otherwise instructed, Craft-Bilt typically supplies the fasteners as specified in our test reports. For concrete, this is a large diameter tapping screw usually 4″ long. For wood, this is a large diameter engineered screw five to seven inches long. We do not use lag screws, rather engineered screws. Engineered screws have benefits like no pre-drilling, high pull-out resistance, and consistent alloy/strength.

Do you have any plastic or vinyl parts in Craft-Bilt railing?
No! Well almost no, there are some plastic screw covers used in one of our post styles, and of course, the lens in our sconce lights is polycarbonate plastic. Otherwise, we are proud to say that all components are extruded or cast aluminum, that includes the post caps and post base covers. As you have probably seen, plastic caps and covers do not last.

What is the warranty on Craft-Bilt aluminum railing?
Craft-Bilt aluminum railing has a lifetime limited warranty. Contact us to get a copy or visit our warranty page to download.

Is Craft-Bilt railing pre-assembled?
Our aluminum posts are pre-assembled to the bases, but covers and caps are packed separately so they don’t get scratched. Hand and bottom rails are typically sent 2″ longer than required so they can be trimmed to fit perfectly. Pickets and picket spacers are sent at the required size so they can be inserted into the hand and bottom rails with no cutting required by the installer.

What type of blade is used for trimming aluminum profiles?
Use a carbide tipped blade that is made for cutting non-ferrous metals.

Can I install Craft-Bilt railing myself?
Many, many homeowners have installed Craft-Bilt products themselves. Homeowners have given many 5 star reviews and sent photos of their beautiful completed project. But this is not as easy as putting together IKEA furniture. You must have good carpentry skills if you are going to do a nice job with any home improvement. Always make sure you are following the local building code. If you inquire as DIY on our contact form we will provide the name of a local retailer, or if one is not available we may offer to sell the railing directly to you.

Railing Price Calculator

Welcome to the Craft-Bilt Aluminum Railing Calculator!

Our railing calculator is designed to be fast and easy. After entering some measurements and selecting a few options, your price will be displayed.

feet (Example: Add A + B + C + D)

feet (Example: E)

Measure your deck from corner-to-corner as shown above. Round up each measurement to the next foot. Enter the total of the rounded measurements into the "Straight Railing" box.

For your stairs measure from nose to nose as shown in dimension E. Round up each measurement to the next foot. Enter the total of the rounded measurements into the "Stair Railing" box. If you need railing on both sides of the stairs double your measurement.

Next

Please tell us how many posts* you need. Maximum spacing is 7 feet as shown below.
(You will have an opportunity to select post styles in the steps that follow)

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* There are two basic posts types: End posts or Cross Over / Line Posts.
End Posts are located at ends, corners, top of stairs and bottom of stairs.
Cross Over / Line Posts are between the End Posts. A Cross-Over Post is made to fit underneath a continuous handrail while a Line Post has a post cap, it interrupts the handrail.

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Please select one of the aluminum railing colours below:




Colours on your screen may not be accurate. Colour chips can be mailed before your purchase.

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Select the height* for your railing:


* There are two standard heights: 36" and 42". According to the building code, when the deck on your home is less than 6 feet (1800mm) above the ground, you can use 36", otherwise you must use 42". Heights and post spacing mentioned in this calculator are for typical residential use on balconies or decks up to three floors. For other uses please contact Craft-Bilt.

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Please select your hand rail style*:


* Double top rail is achieved by placing an additional bottom rail approximately 4" (100mm) from the handrail. It is not available for 36" railing.

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Please select one of the in-fill* styles for your railing from the list below:






* Tinted and Pinhole glass options are quite a bit more expensive than clear glass. Pinhole glass is used for privacy. It is also referred to as frosted glass. Railing glass is always tempered, other glass options like heat strengthened laminated glass or heat soaked tempered glass are available for multi-tenant / commercial railing projects, contact Craft-Bilt for details.

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Please select your railing posts*. The list below has all the available combinations of End Post and Cross Over / Line Posts.








* There are 3 post sizes: 2 1/4 inch, 3 inch and 5 1/2 inch. All posts are available as End Posts or Line Posts, only the 2 1/4 inch post is used as a Cross Over post. If you do not require an End Post, i.e. you are attaching to columns or house wall, there are several other methods available that are quite a bit less expensive than using an End Post. When your railing price calculator is finished, you will have an opportunity to contact us with your specific configuration.

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Please select your railing posts*. The list below has all the available combinations of End Post and Cross Over / Line Posts.








* There are 3 post sizes: 2 1/4 inch, 3 inch and 5 1/2 inch. All posts are available as End Posts or Line Posts, only the 2 1/4 inch post is used as a Cross Over post. If you do not require an End Post, i.e. you are attaching to columns or house wall, there are several other methods available that are quite a bit less expensive than using an End Post. When your railing price calculator is finished, you will have an opportunity to contact us with your specific configuration.

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The drawing above is a representation of the colour, style and posts you have selected. Click here to Start over. Here is our list price for one of the very best residential railing systems available in Canada:


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