Composite Deck Railing Installation

Project: Modular Mountain Retreat, Episode 8, Part 3

First, Bob reviews progress on the interior of the modular home. Steve Roth from Style Solutions demonstrates a new crown molding system that does not require complicated miter cuts. The moldings, which are available in a variety of styles, come pre-finished (painting optional). No special tools are needed to join the molding sections, making it an easy install for weekend handymen. In the great room, a direct vent gas fireplace from Vermont Castings is being installed.

Out on the back deck, Jim Precht and his crew are installing a new Weyerhaeuser ChoiceDek composite deck and railing system. The low-maintenance decking is made from recycled wood and plastic and does not require a stain or finish.
Part 1: Direct-Vent Fireplace Installation
Part 2: Composite Deck Installation
Part 3: Composite Deck Railing Installation
Bob watches the crew install the deck railing. The composite railing product comes pre-milled to accept all the railing components. Also, the posts are pre-hollowed for wiring, if the homeowner decides to light the deck with post-mounted lamps.

The balustrades and railings are cut to length on-site. Stainless steel screws are used to assemble the pieces. The use of stainless fasteners is an added cost, but given the expected longevity of the deck material, uncoated fasteners would rust long before the deck might need replacing.
Beautifully sited on wooded acreage with breathtaking views of some of the most beautiful countryside in New England, this Arts and Crafts style bungalow certainly doesn't look factory-built. You'd never know it was a modular home unless Bob took you to the Pennsylvania factory where it was built, almost from start to finish.

The house goes down the assembly line from framing, through wiring and plumbing, all the way to the installation of flooring and priming for paint.

The house is trucked to its pre-fabricated foundations on the lot, and start all the finishing touches that will prove that a modular house doesn't have to be a cookie-cutter affair.