Vinyl Deck Railings – Tufdek Waterproof Deck Solutions
Why Vinyl Deck Railings
Are A Better Choice
Are you trying to choose between iron, wood, composite or vinyl deck railings?
Perhaps your deck missing that little something that sets it apart. Is your deck surface in great condition, but your railings are not up to par? Or, do you need to make improvements to increase the safety of your deck?
Perhaps it’s time to update to vinyl deck railings to complement your home. Tuff Industries explores the various types of available railings to find out why vinyl is such a popular choice.
Iron-based railings look great and come in a ton of interesting styles, but they come with a few drawbacks. For one, they can be a lot more expensive than the alternatives. Iron also may rust over time (which could stain a vinyl deck surface) and require annual maintenance (painting for instance) to restore. For older decks, iron will add a fair amount of weight, which means you will want to have your deck inspected to ensure that it can handle the additional load safely.
While wood is certainly less expensive than iron, it also has a lifespan of only 10 to 15 years. If you are installing a new Tufdek vinyl deck membrane for instance, the deck surface will likely last a lot longer than your railings. This could present a problem should you require a change later on. You’ll have to maintain your wood hand rails every few years by sealing or painting to keep them from absorbing water.
Generally, composite rail options come in a variety of parts, which makes for a longer installation process. If you’re not a handyman, this may require a professional to install your deck railings over a vinyl deck surface. Composite railings come in a range of colour and styles, but not as much as a range as some other products. The more budget-friendly composite products tend to cost as much as a higher-end vinyl deck railing and may not look as nice.
Vinyl Deck Railings
Offering a variety of choices, 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. They can be easily washed, they don’t fade, peel, or crack, and they last many years longer than traditional wood options. They are definitely a budget-conscious solution. Additionally, vinyl looks great and will complement your vinyl decking. Together, they both help to protect your deck for the long run.
Traditional Versus Modern
Combining vinyl posts with vinyl spindles offers a contemporary design – but that’s not the only option. You can use vinyl posts with glass panels for a more modern feel, as well as to better enjoy your view. The variety of colours and textures of vinyl deck railings also allow you to capture the look of granite or stone, without the cost.
Installation and Maintenance of Vinyl
Because they are 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 them with a hose or some soap and water.
Vinyl railings can add a touch of class, revitalize tired vinyl decks and improve the value of your home. Find out how our Tufdek™ dealers can help you make your deck even more beautiful with new vinyl deck railings. If you still have questions, please call our decking experts at 1-877-860-9333.