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FAQ / Frequently Asked Questions

These are some of the most frequently asked questions our customers have when shopping for a new deck railing system.

Where can I buy Century Aluminum Railings?

Our products are available through your local building supply stores. Find a dealer near you on our Dealer Locator.

What deck railing colors are available?

4 Standard colors – White, Black, Lakeside Copper, and Textured Black.

Can a special color be ordered?

Yes, a custom color can be done. Price and lead times vary depending on color.

What are the post dimensions?

We have our Stair Line Post 1 3/4″ x 1 3/4″ with 4″ x 4″ base plate, our Scenic & standard posts are 2 1/2″ x 2 1/2″ with 4″ x 4″ base plate as well as a 3″ x 3″ Privacy/Windwall post with 5″ x 5″ base plate, and our 4″ x 4″ Maxum post with 6″x 6″ base plate.

What railing heights are available?

Our standard railings are designed to be 42″ high off the surface of the deck. We also have 36″ high railing option available.

What types of deck railing systems are available?

Both the 42″ & 36″ railing systems are available in three styles; standard 5/8″ x 5/8″ pickets, 1 1/2″ x 5/8″ wide pickets, and our 5mm(1/4″ glass system). We also off a rail-less glass system Scenic Series @ 42″ tall

What is the maximum span between railing posts?

Our Picket system is engineered to allow a maximum span of 8′ between posts, the Glass system is engineered to allow a maximum span of 6′ between posts, the Privacy/Windwall is engineered to a maximum of 3′ between posts. Our Scenic Series is engineered with a maximum of 4′ on center.

How tall are the pickets?

The pickets for standard 42″ high rail are 37 7/8″ tall, the 36″ rail height and stair pickets are 31 7/8″ tall.

What is the Warranty on Century Railings?

Our railings products are covered by a 20/5 year limited warranty. 20 year on the structure of the product and a 5 year on finish. See our Warranty for full details.

Do you offer a gate?

Yes we do, see our Gate on the website. They are available from your local building supply store.

Where can I see a sample of Century Railings?

We display our products at your local building supply store. See our Dealer Locator to find one near you.

Do I need a permit to install railings?

Every jurisdiction is different – we strongly recommend that you contact your local building inspection authority prior to purchasing and installing any railings system.

I forgot to install the rubber blocks for my glass railing, do I need to take the whole system apart now and start over?

No, you can simply remove the black gasket from the bottom rail by pulling it up and out of the bottom rail (do this as close to the middle between your posts as possible to make it easy).  Install the rubber blocks and put the black gasket back into the bottom rail – remember that you need two rubber blocks per glass panel.

The welded picket panel seems to be a tight fit into the post?

During the welding process heat is generated that may distort the bottom rail slightly.  Simply use a rubber mallet to correct the alignment, by tapping on the bottom rail of the welded panel.  Do not try to adjust the sleeve on the post if it is welded in place, as you may damage it.

My picket railings make a “humming” sound sometimes when it is windy.  Is this normal?

Picket type railings may make a humming noise caused by harmonics and/or vibrations in certain wind conditions.  This is more likely to occur with a welded picket panel than a component picket system.  Unfortunately, this is an act of nature and is beyond the scope of the product design.  A good alternative may be to use glass railings if you encounter this problem.  Please check our warranty for locating railings in windy locations prior to purchase and installation.

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