Whether it's time to replace your deck railings, or you're working on a new project, there are good reasons why you may want to choose aluminum as your railing material over other materials like wrought iron. Of course you'll want to consider several factors when choosing a railing system, including the architecture and style of your property and the environment where your property is located. However, in most instances, aluminum is an excellent choice and here are three reasons why.
Wrought iron is vulnerable to corrosion, but you won't have to worry about that with aluminum because it's a non-ferrous metal. This means it does not contain iron, making it highly resistant to rust and corrosion. If you've ever seen a rusty wrought iron fence, you know what an eyesore it is. When you choose aluminum for your railing project, you can be assured that your railing will be able to resist high winds, rain, snow, moisture and intense UV rays. Aluminum is one of the most weather-resistant materials available.
When choosing a railing system, it's crucial to consider the maintenance costs. Wrought iron is a more high maintenance material than aluminum. To keep it looking good and prevent peeling, rotting and other problems, wrought iron requires a lot of attention. The good news is, if you love the look of wrought iron, you can get a similar aesthetic using aluminum as your railing material, without the headache of increased maintenance. Aluminum railings are extremely low-maintenance and require only minimum care to keep them looking good. Giving your railing a quick inspection and cleaning once a year is all that's needed for the typical property.
Easy to Install
Wrought iron is a heavy material and compared to aluminum, more challenging to install. On the other hand, a major advantage of aluminum is that it is an extremely lightweight material. Depending on your project, you have various options of having your railings installed. It's often possible to install them yourself using tools such as a drill and the appropriate screws, or steel expanding bolts. The installation process will depend on whether you're installing the rails on a wood deck or concrete. Either way, it's a much easier process than installing wrought iron. If your property is large, you have complicated railing needs, or aren't comfortable installing the railing yourself, it's best to leave it to a professional.
For more information, talk to companies like Boss Metal Works.