Screened canopies are a wonderful accessory for decks. If you want to keep insects away from your card game or are looking for some shade on a hot day they’re just what the doctor ordered. We often get asked if railings are still required when a deck is screened in. The answer is…


The requirements of the railing code are the same whether the screening is there or not. This means if your deck is more than two feet above the ground you’ll need a railing (see the main picture above). If your deck is less than two feet off the ground you’re fine without the railing.

deck w/screen - railing

No railing is required here because the deck is less than 24″ above the ground.

More questions?

If you have more questions about railings or other subjects we’re happy to answer them. Call 613-736-1122 or hit the chat button on the right during business hours.