How Much Does Aluminum Railing Cost?

Common Range: $45 – $120 Per Linear Foot

National Average: $78 Per Linear Foot, Installed

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Updated: January 12, 2023, by: Steve Hansen

Aluminum Railing Installation Cost Range

The cost to have aluminum railing professionally installed on a deck or porch is typically between $45.00 to $120.00 per linear foot, based on the cost factors below. A deck that has 50 linear feet of railing would cost between $2,250 to $6,000 including materials and railing installation labor cost.

Average Installed Cost

The average cost to have aluminum railing installed by a deck or fence contractor is $78.00 per linear foot. If you buy the parts and do the job yourself (DIY installation), the cost averages $45.00 per linear foot.

When you hire a contractor, the price will generally include cost of the aluminum hand rails, balusters if they are not incorporated into the design, installation and all labor costs, as well as permits or inspections where required. If you have existing railings on your deck, consider removing yourself to save money, or expect an added expense for the labor to remove, as well as disposal costs.

Average Do It Yourself Cost
$45 Per Foot (Materials Only)
Average Contractor Installed Cost
$78 Per Foot
Typical Cost Range
$45 – $120 Per Linear Foot, Installed

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Overview of Aluminum Deck or Porch Rails

Aluminum railings are the most common choice for decks, porches and pretty much anywhere you like the classic look of an aluminum hand railing. The cost is a little higher for aluminum hand rails, but strength and durability are improved. Plus, the balusters are narrower, which offers a less-obstructed view to your yard.

This aluminum railing cost guide starts with cost factors that determine where in the price range your railing will fall. We share details about deck railing, porch railing and other areas you may install aluminum hand rails. Retail prices are given for those considering buying and installing their own aluminum railings.

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Aluminum Railing Cost Factors

These factors determine where your project may fall in the cost range of $36 for starting DIY cost to $95 per linear foot for the upper end of most pro installations.

  • Quality of the Railing – Cheaper aluminum railing is a thinner gauge metal. It might be painted or vinyl-covered. Better types of aluminum alloy are used in more expensive railing. The metal is often of a thicker gauge and is usually powder-coated.
  • Aluminum & Cable Panels – These are a high-end option.
  • Railing Height – Most building codes require 36” tall deck railing. You’ll also find 42” railing at a slightly higher cost when all else is equal.
  • Post Dimensions – There’s a lot more aluminum in a 4” square post than one 2” square, so it costs more. For example, one retailer has Westbury Riviera C30 2”x2” post for half the cost of the same series 4”x4” post.
  • Decorative Caps & Solar Light Caps – Most series offer several cap upgrade options that raise price – see the retail costs below for details.
  • Baluster Type – The balusters are the vertical posts or pickets on deck railing. Spacing, thickness and style all affect cost.
  • Railing Width and Type – Narrow hand railing costs less than “drink railing,” railing Wide enough to safely set a glass on.
  • Panels or Custom Design – Most deck railing is built using standard panels. You choose the post you want, and decorative accessories and then the full panel. However, some railing series offer several choices for top rail and bottom rail. Some are quite a bit more expensive. Secondly, when more pieces have to be assembled onsite, installation costs rise.
  • Panel Length – For some brands, cost per linear foot goes down slightly the longer the panel is. Looking at Westbury again, its Riviera II 8’ railing is about $8 per linear foot less than the 5’ panel.
  • Stair Railing or Level Rail – Some brands price stair rails slightly higher per linear foot than level railing.
  • Premium or Special Order Colors – These raise cost slightly, and they can also delay your project by several weeks waiting for them to be produced and shipped.
  • Project Complexity – A rectangular, single-level deck makes for easy installation, so lower labor cost. A two-level, non-rectangular deck with stairs is a complex installation, so labor cost might be double.
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Cost of Aluminum Railings and Installation Supplies

Whether you are installing a new deck or porch rail or repairing a damaged deck, the retail cost of aluminum railing components will help you plan your project price.

  • $28 – $80 per post | Post Kits including post, cap and connecting and mounting hardware. An average aluminum rail post cost is about $35 – $60.
  • $10 – $25 | Decorative Post Caps and Base Trim
  • $35 – $80 | Solar Light Caps, Sconces and other light types.
  • $22 – $85 per Linear Foot | Aluminum Railing Panels – with an average of about $40 – $50 per linear foot.
  • $160 – $400+ | Aluminum Gates. Cost varies by all the factors listed above – length, quality, etc.
  • $90 – $120 per Linear Foot | Aluminum Panel Frames with Cable.
  • $10 – $60 each | Brackets needed for attaching panels to posts. Each panel requires 4 brackets. The more decorative and stronger, the higher the cost. Powder-coated brackets also cost more than bare aluminum brackets.
  • $12 – $30 | Touch-up paint, spray or in pens.

Leading Aluminum Railing Brands

  • Designer’s Image (Menards)
  • Peak Aluminum Railing (Home Depot)
  • Fortress Railings
  • Williams
  • Tu-Step
  • Century Aluminum
  • AFCO Aluminum
  • Regal
  • Deckorators
  • Westbury
  • Azek
  • Trex Signature

Aluminum Deck and Porch Railing Project Costs

Aluminum railing is available in basic, better and best ranges with prices to match. But what happens to total project costs when you add in the complexity of the project, the major factor in installation labor cost?

Let’s consider 3 decks, each 500 square feet:

Rectangular, Single-level Deck, 65 Linear feet of Railing:

  • Basic quality railing: $3,120
  • Better quality railing: $3,700
  • Best quality railing: $4,550
  • Installed Cost Range: $48 – $70 per linear foot

Non-rectangular, Single-level Deck, 80 linear feet of Railing:

  • Basic quality railing: $4,800
  • Better quality railing: $5,950
  • Best quality railing: $6,720
  • Installed Cost Range:  $60 – $84 per linear foot

Two-level Deck with Stairs between levels, 115 linear feet of Railing:

  • Basic quality railing: $8,625
  • Better quality railing: $9,480
  • Best quality railing: $10,925
  • Installed Cost Range: $75 – $95 per linear foot
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Permits, Inspection, Related Costs and Installation Time

Permits and Inspection Cost

  • $30 – $150 | Permits are required to ensure the deck is built to the building code. Deck size determines exact cost of the deck permit.

Labor Costs and Installation Time

Do you want to know what you can save with DIY deck railing installation?

  • $12 – $20 per linear foot | Labor Cost to install aluminum deck railing.

An installer with experience can complete 10 to 20+ linear feet per hour based on complexity of the job. Here are typical time frames for the types of jobs listed in the Sample Projects above.

  • 4-8 Hours | 80 Linear Feet of “Easy” rectangular deck rail installation
  • 6-10 Hours | 80 Linear Feet of “Moderate/Average” non-rectangular deck rail installation
  • 8-15 Hours | 80 Linear Feet of “difficult” deck rail installation
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DIY or Hire a Pro?

Installing aluminum porch or deck railing is straightforward for rectangular decks – a moderately easy project. Assemble the posts and panels, or rails and balusters, dry fit everything and mark your fastener wholes.

Then install the posts and attach the panels or rail/baluster assemblies. This video produced by Home Depot overviews a fairly easy installation with a cut or two and installing a stair rail. It will give you a better idea of the tasks involved.

Difficulty rises with the complexity of the deck and if you have to cut rails/panels to fit. Cutting aluminum requires a saw with a diamond-edge blade and safety equipment for hands, eyes and ears (it’s loud, as we know from experience). The more cutting required, the more it makes sense to hire a pro. First, the work is harder. Secondly, when lengths are mis-cut, rails tend to come apart easily, and that presents an obvious danger.

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Reviewed and Edited by Steve Hansen of Costimates

steve hansen of costimates-sm Steve Hansen is the Lead Editor of Costimates. (Learn more) An avid home improvement professional with more than 35 years experience in both DIY projects and working as a construction foreman in residential new home building, upfits, repairs and remodeling.

"Like most homeowners, I became frustrated with the lack of quality information available on specific home improvement repairs and renovations. In 2015, Costimates was formed to help homeowners learn as much as possible about various projects and their costs so they could make better financial decisions."