Color Guard Railing Common Questions (FAQ)

We've gathered the most commonly asked questions about Color Guard Railing Systems. If you have a question that isn't on this list, feel free to contact us and we will be happy to assist.

Common Questions

What is the Lincoln Aluminum Railing System?

The Lincoln Aluminum Rail System is part of Color Guard's Aluminum Railing portfolio. It's stylish, easy to order, and easy to install. This fully-kitted deck railing solution was engineered for durability and designed to enhance any outdoor living space. The extruded 6-63-T5 aluminum features a non-glossy, textured, powder-coated finish with rust-resistant construction that exceeds IRC codes. The sleek design of its contoured top rail and square balusters complements any deck or porch project.

What is the Grand Prix Aluminum Railing System?

The Grand Prix Aluminum Rail System is part of Color Guard's Aluminum Railing portfolio. It's stylish, easy to order, and easy to install. This fully-kitted deck railing solution was engineered for durability and designed to enhance any outdoor living space. The extruded 6-63-T5 aluminum features a non-glossy, textured, powder-coated finish with rust-resistant construction that exceeds IRC codes. The sleek design of its contoured top rail and round balusters complements any deck or porch project.

What is included in a Lincoln Rail Kit?

A Lincoln Aluminum Rail Kit includes everything needed for one section of railing between two posts — top/bottom rails, balusters, rail inserts, support block(s), mounting brackets, and hardware. Aluminum post kits and post sleeves are purchased separately.

What is included in a Grand Prix Rail Kit?

A Grand Prix Aluminum Rail Kit includes everything needed for one section of railing between two posts — top/bottom rails, balusters, rail inserts, support block(s), mounting brackets, and hardware. Aluminum post kits and post sleeves are purchased separately.

What's the difference between Color Guard's Lincoln Aluminum Rail System and Grand Prix Aluminum Rail System?

Color Guard's Lincoln Aluminum Rail System and Grand Prix Aluminum Rail System are virtually identical—the only difference is the shape of the balusters that come with each system. The Lincoln Aluminum Rail System has square balusters and the Grand Prix Aluminum Rail System balusters are round. The rest of the components (and installation process) are exactly the same between the two railing systems.

What lengths does Lincoln Aluminum Railing come in?

Lincoln Aluminum Railing comes in a variety of lengths. For a 36" final rail height, level rail kits come in 4', 5', 6', 7', & 8' lengths; fixed stair rail kits come in 6' & 8' lengths; and adjustable stair rail kits come in 4', 5', 6', 7', & 8' lengths. For a 42" final rail height, level kits come in 4', 5', 6', 7', & 8' lengths; and adjustable stair rail kits come in 6' & 8' lengths. The white/black combination Lincoln railing is a bit different. For a 36" final rail height, level kits come in 4', 6', & 8' lengths; fixed stair rail kits come in 6' & 8' lengths; and adjustable stair rail kits come in 6' & 8' lengths. For a 42" final rail height, level kits come in 4', 6', & 8' lengths.

What lengths does Grand Prix Aluminum Railing come in?

For a 36" final rail height, Grand Prix Aluminum Rail Kits come in 6' & 8' lengths for both level and stair applications. For a 42" final rail height, Grand Prix Aluminum Rail Kits come in 6' & 8' lengths for level applications only.

Is Color Guard aluminum railing true to length?

Yes, Color Guard aluminum railing from both the Lincoln and Grand Prix systems are true to length. For example, a 6-foot rail kit is exactly 72" long (6'). Keep this in mind when installing between two posts.

What is the warranty for Color Guard aluminum railing?

Color Guard warrants that its aluminum railing products are free from manufacturing defects in materials for a period of 15 years. Installations within one mile of where the atmosphere is influenced by bodies of saltwater or other contaminant conditions will be limited to one year against cracking, chipping, or peeling.

For more information, view the Color Guard Aluminum Railing Warranty.

How do you clean or polish Color Guard aluminum railing?

Color Guard recommends using a mild detergent (such as Dawn) and a soft cloth to clean both their aluminum and vinyl railing lines. It is not recommend to polish railing products.

Do you sell the aluminum rail connectors separately?

Yes, extra brackets can be purchased for Color Guard's Lincoln and Grand Prix Aluminum Railing systems. Bracket Kits include a full set of railing brackets (two top, two bottom).

Does Color Guard make any solar post caps?

Yes, Color Guard offers two styles of solar post caps: Apollo and Neptune. Both styles are a vinyl material with a metallic/ceramic powder-coat finish and are compatible with the Color Guard aluminum blank posts and post sleeves.

The Apollo Solar Post Cap features 6 lumens of downlighting. The 3" x 3" option is for use with the Color Guard 3" x 3" Aluminum Blank Post Kit and the 4" x 4" option is for use with the Color Guard 4" x 4" Aluminum Post Sleeve.

The Neptune Solar Post Cap features 3 lumens of halo lighting that illuminates on all sides. The 3" x 3" option is for use with the Color Guard 3" x 3" Aluminum Blank Post Kit, and the 4" x 4" & 6" x 6" options are for use with for use with the Color Guard Aluminum Post Sleeve. The 3-58” x 3-58” size is for use with a nominal 4x4 wood post, and the 5-58” x 5-58” size is for use with a nominal 6x6 wood post.

Can I purchase replacement balusters for my Lincoln Aluminum Railing?

Yes, replacement balusters for the Lincoln Aluminum Rail System are able to be purchased individually.

How far should the Drink Rail Brackets be spaced?

The first two drink rail brackets should be placed beside the top rail brackets at each end of the rail. Additional drink rail brackets should be placed at 2-foot intervals across the top of the rail.

Does Color Guard make a gate for the Grand Prix Aluminum Railing System?

At this time, Color Guard does not offer a gate to match its Grand Prix Aluminum Railing line.

What is the Variable Angle Wedge Rail Bracket?

The Variable Angle Wedge Rail Bracket was designed for custom decks because it allows installers to adjust the angle of a deck rail from 0 to 51 degrees.

How to install the Variable Angle Wedge Rail Bracket:

Click here to view the Variable Angle Wedge Rail Bracket installation instructions, or watch the video below.

How to install the 3" x 3" Blank Aluminum Post:

Click here view the Color Guard 3" x 3" Blank Aluminum Post installation instructions.

How to install Lincoln Aluminum Railing for Level applications:

Click here for the Lincoln Straight / Level Rail installation instructions, or watch the video below.

How to install Lincoln Aluminum Railing for Stair applications:

Click here for the Lincoln Fixed Stair Rail installation instructions or click here for the Lincoln Adjustable Stair Rail installation instructions, or watch the video below.

How to install a drink rail with Drink Rail Brackets to Lincoln or Grand Prix Aluminum Railing:

Click here to view the Drink Rail Bracket installation instructions, or watch the video below.

How to install the Lincoln Adjustable Gate:

Click here for the Lincoln Aluminum Gate installation instructions, or watch the video below.

What is the Patriot Post Mount?

The Patriot Post Mount is a steel post mount used to add or replace a deck post (or when stationary posts are not available). An industry leader for strength and functionality, it mounts to wood, concrete, or composite surfaces. The Patriot works with 36" or 42" rail heights and fits nominal 4" x 4" and 6" x 6" sleeves. For 6" x 6", the use of the filler kit (sold separately) is required.

How to install the Patriot Post Mount:

Click here to view the Patriot Post Mount installation instructions, or watch the video(s) below.