I am replacing my railing. At first, I was sold on vinyl, but today I
was at Lowes/Ziggys and I think I like the powdered aluminum railings
The salesmen at both stores said aluminum will last longer, and the
price is probably $50 more or less.
Does anyone have aluminum and do you like it?
Is anyone sold on vinyl?
Any feedback would be great.
I am replacing my redwood deck, at my front door, with concrete.
After the concrete settles for about two weeks, I plan on installing the
new railing. The entire area is covered overhead.
I live in central WA state and it gets up to 105 during the summer
months, sometimes, and as cold as -10 which is rare.
In those conditions I'd use either depending on how sturdy each
proposed product will be for the intended use.
I've see the full range of aluminum or vinyl fences, gates & patio
covers; from super strong to real junk.
Wood is hard to beat for strength & stiffness, maintenance is an issue
For aluminum I was concerned about a seaside or very damp environment.
"after the concrete settles" ???????
concrete properly designed & placed should stay just were it was put
I hope the person responsible for the design & construction has worked
out the "deck to railing" connections.
They are usually best cast in place as opposed to a subsequent bolt on
I should have said, "after the concrete cures". It is my understanding
that the concrete should cure before drilling holes into it to secure
the new railing.
I had a redwood deck before, as well as a wood railing. I am just
trying to keep things simple which is why I am interested in the
aluminum or vinyl.
I did not want to cast the raining in place with concrete, just in case
I ever needed to replace it. I felt that the type of railing that is
bolted in place, and covered with a nice cap, would do the trick.
I would recommend you examine a similar "bolted in place" installation
before you comment to that approach.
The connection from the railing to the concrete is key.
It is possible to embed appropriate hardware in the concrete such that
the railing is easy to install & replace as needed.
A pure bolt-on, after the fact may not be as sturdy are you expect or
I've not seen it, but I'd have to think that 10 years from now, the aluminum
would be looking better. That is not to say the vinyl would be falling
apart, siding last for 40 years or more, but it can get dull.
Are they vinyl or PVC? I have Sherline PVC railings with an aluminum
I-beam inside the top rail. They are quite sturdy with a nice fastening
system and very easy to clean. There are big differences in the strength
of plastic railings as the price goes up.
Aluminum and vinyl are pretty flimsy, wont take much of a hit, dent,
bend, sounds like you could fall right through them, wood or steel
have strength. But I havnt seen the aluminum, aluminum is probably
more expensive than steel, you are pulling a permit, ask the inspector
what he thinks and what is "Allowed", stores sell what they have and
not what is best. I use wood or steel.
Thanks for the info. The ones I am interested in are made of powder
ocated aluminum. I saw them at Lowes/Ziggys Sunday, and they are quite
strong. Like you said, the salesman did not recommend vinyl as it is
alittle flimsy, and would not take much of a hit.
We need more information. Is this a railing that will prevent someone from
falling over an edge and from a height? Or just one that is hand high, and
on the ground? You want to make it so that the stupidest clumsiest person
in the world could not fall over it or through it, or some lardass teenager
lean on it and do a half gainer down to the driveway. I would do ornamental
metal, but that's what I'd do. I don't like vinyl, as it cracks in cold
weather, and the same amount of aluminum would be about 3x the money,
regardless of what the salesman says, unless you're using some cheap thin
Do it right if means someone's life is depending on it.
This deck is to the left of my front door. It is very small and holds a
bench and table. Without a railing, one could jump off of it easily.
It is not very tall. I am basically just "dressing up" the area. Code
says I don't even need a railing. I just like the looks.
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