Aluminum Railing Installation Mistakes to Avoid

15 Oct 2020 Railings

While installing your own aluminum railings might seem like a great way to save money, it is important to keep in mind that not being professionally trained to install railings means that you could end up making costly mistakes. At Vista Railings, they know that having a professional install your new aluminum railings is also the best option for having the installation completed quickly, efficiently, and properly the first time around; however, if you are determined to install your own railings, our team has put together a list of some common aluminum railing installation mistakes to avoid to help your DIY project go as smoothly as possible.

1. Not Following Instructions

Most railing systems, including railing kits, come with installation instructions that will tell you how to measure and fasten the railings, as well as what types of brackets, fasteners, and other materials to use. Since each aluminum railing system is different, make sure to familiarize yourself with all of the parts, pieces, measurements, and other aspects of the railing system before starting the installation process. Doing so will help make the entire process faster and smoother.

2. Not Understanding Measurement Guidelines

When reading the aluminum railing’s instruction guide, it is particularly important to pay attention to the measurement details. Depending on the aluminum railing system you purchased, the measurements might be provided in actual sizes or in nominal sizes. Make sure you understand the system of measurement being used for the railings before making any cuts.

3. Not Measuring Correctly

One of the biggest mistakes that anyone can make when installing aluminum railings is not measuring correctly. Make sure to consider any code requirements for your area when measuring how high the railings should be on your deck to avoid any missteps. The best way to avoid making a mistake is to measure everything twice—bottom rail, top rail, baluster, rail cap, etc.—before making any cuts or drilling any holes.

4. Not Cleaning Up

Not cleaning up your deck properly after installing an aluminum railing might not seem like a mistake that needs to be avoided; however, forgetting to clean up any installation debris, such as metal shavings, will not only make your deck look messy but also poses the risk of the debris becoming embedded in the deck, which could permanently impact its overall appearance.

If you would like to learn more aluminum railing installation mistakes to avoid, or if you are interested in their aluminum railing products, please contact Vista Railings at 1-800-667-8247.