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We are looking at using Evolutions Terrain decking and maybe the radiance railing on a new deck. Anyone use this before and have any good or bad input?
 

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We used the Radiance railing a couple years ago on a really large deck. It was one of the nicest railings I have ever seen, and it is really nice to work with.
 

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We are looking at using Evolutions Terrain decking and maybe the radiance railing on a new deck. Anyone use this before and have any good or bad input?
I haven't used the decking but the railing is nice. I have a couple of them that I did 5 years ago and they both still look great.

The post skirts aren't needed if you want to save money or don't care for the look.

If I remember correctly they have 8' stair railing sections whereas some other makers only have 6'.

The only con is the price. You don't want to have to buy a section or two on your own dime because you missed the straight rails on the stair landing on your takeoff :whistling. I switched to another railing 2 years ago that is cheaper but I liked the Radiance Rail.
 

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I always push the Radiance even if I use another decking. Over the summer I used the evolution with RDI railing. Its cost effective.
 

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Approx what are you guys paying per 8' section of railing...just a range..I now there's different options. I have never priced it out...
 

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A few months ago I finished a Timbertech XLM deck with Radiance Rail for a friend. I thought it's a well designed and manufactured system. It is expensive here in Hawaii so the cost will be above what you would pay. The railing system goes together quickly and easily. I shimmed the sleeves that cover the post to stop the movement while assembling. I do like their (expensive) LED lights for their posts. Very nice looking at night. I posted pics of the deck and also some pics of how I made plugs for through screwing some boards (if you feel the Cortex won't work for you). I only have about a dozen posts so if you click on my name they will come up. One is before and after and one is about Cortex plugs.
 

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radience is my goto rail 95% of the time, cost/waste efficient due to ala cart components, easy enough to substitute different baluster options, and they offer a 10' rail pack which is a plus. I dont like the 5" sleeves, the 4" (express) sleeves are much nicer/cheaper when you factor in the caps/shirts/lights. one thing that I dont' like is the cardboard template and support blocks. I never use em anyway, as they cause a number of movement issues that make it cumbersome to get joints of perfection. I just make extra squash blocks out of the balusters out by the ends (same for stairs) instead, and assemble "down the line" with ratchet straps. I leave enough on the bottom and cap rail to trim, so they are tight to the posts once on the support rail.
 
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