Aluminum Railings vs. Wood Railings
13 Apr 2021 Railings
If you are looking to purchase a new railing system for your deck, you have likely been considering aluminum railings or wood systems. Though both options are popular, it is important to understand their differences. When comparing aluminum railings vs. wood railings, there are several key advantages that aluminum offers over wood systems. Understanding these benefits will ensure that you are getting the best possible solution for your needs. To expand on these benefits, the team at Vista Railing Systems has compiled some information based on the comparison of aluminum vs. wood railings systems.
Comparing Aluminum and Wood Railings
Aluminum and wood are both commonly used for railing systems, but they are completely different materials. Though wood has been used for decades, aluminum is a modern material that offers enhanced benefits in the following categories:
Our aluminum railing systems are powder-coated and built to last. Aluminum has an incredible strength-to-weight ratio that makes it a durable choice for nearly any environment. It is highly resistant to chipping or cracking and will likely not need to be repainted during its usable life. Wood, on the other hand, is susceptible to mold, decay, and rot. This means that wood is not a great choice for humid environments or climates with heavy rain and extreme changes in temperature. Wood can also crack or splinter, damaging paint and weakening the integrity of the system over time.
Wood railing systems require staining and paint to help protect them against the elements. They also require regular cleaning to reduce the risk of rot or damage to the paint. If the paint is damaged, it will need to be touched up. With no painting/sealing requirements, aluminum railings are virtually maintenance free and require little to no cleaning. This allows you to spend less time on maintenance and more time simply enjoying the view.
Our aluminum railing systems are lightweight and easy to install, reducing installation time and costs. Wooden railing systems are often heavier and require adjustments or additional cuts during installation, resulting in additional costs. Wood systems are often exceptionally difficult to install for most individuals. Our aluminum systems are designed for simple installation and feature detailed instructions for a hassle-free experience.
To learn more about the benefits that aluminum railing systems provide over wood systems, feel free to reach out to the Vista Railings team. They can be reached by phone at 1-800-667-8247 or through our online contact form and can answer any questions you may have.