Choosing the Best Vinyl Deck Railings

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Choosing Vinyl Deck Railings to Compliment your Home

by / Thursday, 25 August 2016 / Published in Roof Decks, Stairs & Walkways, Vinyl Decking

choosing vinyl deck railingsIs your deck missing that little something that sets it apart? Is your vinyl deck surface in great condition, but your railings no quite so great? Or do you need to improve the safety of your deck? Perhaps it’s time to update to vinyl deck railings to compliment your home. Tuff Industries explores the various types of deck railings to find out why vinyl deck railings are such a popular choice.

Iron Railings

Iron-based railings look great and come in a ton of interesting styles, but they come with a few drawbacks. For one, they are a fair amount more expensive than other alternatives. They will also rust over time and require regular maintenance to restore. For older decks, iron railings add a lot of weight, which mean you will want to have your vinyl deck inspected to ensure that it can handle the load.

Wood Railings

While wood is certainly less expensive than iron, it also has a lifespan of only 10 to 15, meaning if you are installing a new vinyl deck membrane, the deck surface will likely last longer than your railings. You’ll have to maintain your wood railings every few years by sealing or painting to keep them from absorbing water.

Composite Railings

Generally, composite railings come in a variety of parts which makes for a longer installation process. If you’re not a handyman, this may mean hiring a professional to install your deck railings. Composite railings come in a range of color and styles, but not as much as a range as other products. The more budget-friendly composite railings tend to cost as much as a higher-end vinyl deck railing.

Vinyl Deck Railings

Offering a variety of choice, easy installation and maintenance, as well as affordability – it’s not hard to see why so many new decks are taking advantage of the benefits of vinyl deck railings. Vinyl railings can be easily washed, don’t fade, peel, or crack, and last many years longer than traditional wood railings, while offering a budget-conscious solution.

Traditional Versus Modern Deck Railings

Combining vinyl posts with vinyl spindles offer a traditional design – but that’s not the only option for vinyl deck railings. You can use vinyl posts with glass panels for a more modern feel, as well as enjoying your view.

Installation and Maintenance of Vinyl Deck Railings

Because it’s prefabricated, vinyl deck railings are easy to install, making them a favourite choice for contractors. Once installed, the railings are good to go – no need for sealing or painting. Each year you can quickly clean vinyl deck railings with a hose or some soap and water.

Vinyl deck railings can add a touch of class, revitalize tired decks and improve the value of your home – find out how our Tufdek™ dealers can help you make your deck even more beautiful.

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