Installing Trex Signature Rod Rail in a Horizontal Configuration

Trex Signature Rod Rail is a popular choice for homeowners and builders who are looking for a sleek, modern railing system that offers durability and a touch of elegance. The horizontal configuration of this rail system provides a contemporary look and an unobstructed view. In this blog post, we’ll guide you through the steps to install the Trex Signature Rod Rail in a horizontal configuration.

Materials and Tools Needed:

  1. Trex Signature Rod Rail Kit
  2. Drill and drill bits
  3. Level
  4. Measuring tape
  5. Pencil or marker
  6. Saw (if necessary for cutting rail lengths)
  7. Safety gear (gloves, safety glasses)

Installation Steps:

  1. Preparation:
    • Before starting, ensure that you have all the necessary materials and tools.
    • Read the manufacturer’s instructions that come with the Trex Signature Rod Rail kit. This will provide specific details and precautions to be aware of.
  2. Measure and Mark:
    • Measure the distance between the posts where the rail will be installed.
    • Mark the locations for the brackets on both the top and bottom of the posts, ensuring they are level.
  3. Install Brackets:
    • Using the provided screws, attach the brackets to the posts at the marked locations. Ensure they are level and at the correct height for your desired rail position.
  4. Prepare the Rail:
    • If necessary, cut the rail to the desired length. Ensure the cut is clean and straight.
    • Slide the end caps onto the ends of the rail.
  5. Insert Rods:
    • Begin by sliding the rods through the holes in the rail. Ensure they are evenly spaced.
    • Secure the rods according to the manufacturer’s instructions. Typically, this involves using fasteners or clips to hold the rods in place.
  6. Attach the Rail to the Brackets:
    • Position the rail between the posts, resting it on the brackets.
    • Secure the rail to the brackets using the provided screws. Ensure the rail is level and firmly attached.
  7. Final Adjustments:
    • Check the entire rail system to ensure everything is secure and level.
    • Make any necessary adjustments to the rods or rail to ensure they are straight and evenly spaced.
  8. Clean Up:
    • Remove any debris or packaging materials.
    • Wipe down the rail and rods to remove any fingerprints or smudges.

Tips for a Successful Installation:

  • Always wear safety gear, especially when cutting or drilling.
  • Double-check measurements before making any cuts.
  • It’s always a good idea to have an extra set of hands. Installing the rail can be much easier with two people.
  • If you’re unsure about any step, refer back to the manufacturer’s instructions or consult a professional.


Installing the Trex Signature Rod Rail in a horizontal configuration can transform the look of your deck or balcony, offering a modern aesthetic and an unobstructed view. With the right tools and a bit of patience, this DIY project can be completed in a day, adding value and beauty to your home.

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