Railings are designed and installed for the primary purpose of safety. Both outdoor and indoor railings are there to provide protection against slipping and falling from dangerous heights. All railings installed in residential settings must adhere to particular building codes requirements to ensure safety. There are many factors to consider when it comes to the choice of railing. The railing material is one of those factors and can determine aesthetics, maintenance requirements, longevity, and price. At UglyDeck, we offer exceptional options in quality outdoor stairs railing. Twin Cities and Chicago area customers can benefit from our extensive knowledge and inventory of railing products.
Below are some deck railing materials along with any benefits or drawbacks they offer.
The benefits of wood are that it is inexpensive to install and you can paint or stain it to your color of choice. A disadvantage is its susceptibility to decay over a period of time from the outside elements.
As a mostly maintenance free material, vinyl is also affordable and available in a variety of colors. However, it is limited in durability and can prone to fading and also warping and cracking in extreme hot or cold climates.
Although the clear winner when it comes to durability and strength, steel is also the most expensive material for outdoor stairs railing in Chicago. Chicago homeowners can depend on its resistant to corrosion when maintained properly. Some types of steel can be painted. The weight of steel makes it difficult to handle for DIY installers.
As a lighter weight alternative to steel, aluminum is also usually less expensive than steel while retaining sufficiency strength and durability. Aluminum may be pre-treated to help prevent corrosion and also comes in a variety of color options. They provide more service value over time than wood and vinyl.
As a relatively low maintenance material, glass provides a unique look. However, it can cloud over time due to weathering. Glass is also quite heavy and can crack if not handled properly during installation.
Whether the requirement is for deck railing or other decking material, Twin Cities’ homeowners can rely on our selection to outfit their decks with safety, functionality, and style.