How Much Does It Cost to Replace Porch Railings?

Kristi Pahr
Written by Kristi Pahr
Updated January 3, 2022
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Highlights

  • The average cost to replace porch railings is around $925.

  • The labor cost to replace porch railings is typically $70 per hour.

  • Porch railings can be made out of a variety of materials.

  • Wood, wrought iron, glass, and plastic are popular choices for porch railings.

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Imagine sitting on your porch, relaxing at the end of a long day. You look around and enjoy your personal outdoor oasis, until you see peeling, cracking, or splitting porch railings. Porch railings in poor condition can also pose a potential fall hazard. Don’t let a rundown railing ruin your outdoor time. Read on to find out how much it costs to replace your porch railings. 

Cost of Replacing Porch Railings 

The average cost to replace porch railings is $925, with projects costing anywhere from $420 to $6,500, according to HomeAdvisor. These prices, which don’t vary much by location, include the cost of materials and labor. Materials for the project can cost from $150 to $6,000 for a 10-foot section or porch railing. Labor costs average about $70 per hour or $30 per linear foot

Porch Railing Cost Breakdown

Every porch and deck are different meaning that there is no one way to replace porch railings. There are a few variables that affect the cost of replacing porch or deck railings. Materials, age of the structure, and whether existing support posts will be replaced all factor into your final cost. Labor costs are generally fixed hourly rates and should not fluctuate. Labor for porch railing replacement costs on average around $70 per hour.

Materials

Porch railings come in a variety of materials and it all depends on your personal aesthetic preference. If you are looking for a sleek modern look, go for a glass porch surround or stainless steel railings. If you prefer a more traditional aesthetic, painted wood or wrought iron may be right up your alley. Read on to find the average costs of different porch railing materials.

MaterialCost per Linear Foot
Wood$40–$50
Vinyl/PVC$20–$40
Aluminum$40–$70
Composite$15–$30
Trex$20–$35
Cable$50–$200
Glass$100–$600
Wrought Iron$50–$120
Stainless Steel$30–$80
Poly or Plastic$25–$70

Age and Condition of the Structure

The age and condition of your porch or deck may impact the cost of railing replacement. If the posts that support the roof are damaged or are showing signs of rot, they will need to be replaced which will increase the total. Posts cost between $20 and $120 each depending on materials.

Cost to Replace Porch Railings Yourself

Replacing porch railings is a relatively straightforward DIY project as long as support posts don’t need to be replaced. If you decide to tackle this project yourself you could save around $700 assuming $70 per hour for 10 hours of labor. If your railings are made of a material other than wood it might be a good idea to hire a professional as specialized tools are likely required.

For wood porch railings, you’ll need basic carpentry tools like a power drill, saw, hammer and carpenters square to ensure railings are installed at right angles. A ladder may be necessary if your porch is elevated but please take safety precautions or consider hiring a professional handyperson for second-story or higher porches and balconies.

Working on your porch is a great time to accomplish a few other tasks. Don’t miss an opportunity to check these things off your home maintenance checklist:

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