Railings; What are the Options?
Railings are an important part of most decks, besides being an safety feature, they really provide a great opportnity to express your sense of style. Ranging from colonial to contemporaery. We have an unmatched selection of products, with wholesale pricing regardless of if you are building a deck with us or just need a source to purchase railing. Below you will find a list some of the most common choices starting from the best, and going to the most simplistic:
Here are the 5 major things to Consider when Buying Railing?
1) RAILING TYPE: What are my options?
Trex Transcends is a high performance encapsulated composite, the ultimate combination of beauty and performance offered in a myriad of design options to compliment any house or deck. We can curve it for dramatic results. Never needs sanding or refinishing, and has a multi-decade warranty. It cleans easily with soap and water, but is a higher initial cost than the alternatives. Also available in cocktail railing giving you a great place to land your drink!
Sleek yet sturdy railing that knows how to get out of the way. Powder coating retains color and resists corrosion in a multitude of design choices. Possesses unparalleled strength with minimal geometry. They have longer spans for a less impeded view. Fire, mold, and mildew resistant, with no splintering cracking or warping. More modern and less natural aesthetic than wood and composite. Trex has line called Reveal, and we have several other suppliers.
Cables, Stainless steel, Iron, there are a multitude of options to reflect your vision now. Durable materials are sturdy and strong, unique styles allow for custom designs. Longer lead times and custom builds can make it more expensive than railing kits, so it is often limited in its application to a nich market. We have a great partnership with many custom railing manufactor's, with an award winning design team to give your project a custom look.
PVC (VINYL) RAILINGS
A simple look for a sharp clean finish. Basic color scheme complements many homes. Traditional colonial look, glss panel, and metal spindle options, Insect resistant and splinter finish. Soap and water cleaning. Not as natural looking with a plastic like feel. Tends to develop a chalky finish after several years. Available in Almond, White, Grey, Black, and Dark Brown. More affordable than metals and composites with low maintenance.
A traditionalists Dream. Wood has a time honored natural aesthetic. There are unlimited hand crafted options available. In its simplist form it has a very low initial cost. They WILL fade, stain, warp, twist, cup, splinter, and bend. It requires regular maintainance staining, sanding, and painting. It is a long and tedious process to stain all the spindles and surfaces. In fact it often takes far longer to stain the railings on a deck than the deck itself.
By combining the low maintenance of aluminum spindles with traditional wood you can create a budget friendly modern look. We buy in bulk and pass on the savings to you. With the addition of baskets, collars, and center pieces you can really create your own unique modern design. With the addition of graspable aluminum rails to steps you can rest easy with a lifetime manufactorer's warranty. We have the complete line of metal spindles in an array of colors.
2) LABOR: How difficult is installation?
When taking a look at your prodject's budget, it's worth considering how much time is involved in installation. Wood railing needs to be cut and assembled. Black aluminum spindles take signifigantly longer, special tools, and connectors, and increased accuracy on stairs all take special attention. Some of the better rails have no exposed fasteners for a clean sleek look. Rail kits that are well designed save installation time, but care has to be taken to make sure they are laid out and installed right the first time. Mistakes can be very costly, and the learning curve especially when it comes to stairs is long. That is why it is so important to have a contractor experienced in Decks, and in Kentucky no one has more experience than us!
3) MAINTENANCE: How much upkeep are we talking?
The cost of maintaining and replacing some railing products can really add up. Over time, things like powerwashing, water seal, stain and weekend-illing chores mean alot of money (and time) wasted. Consider a more durable option thats engineered to withstand the elements. While the initial cost of high-performance composite or aluminum railing may seem a little steep at first glance, they'll end up saving you money in the long run. After all the rail is the part of the deck that you feel the most and requires the most amount of time to maintain.
4) EARTH FRIENDLINESS: What impact does it have on the enviroment?
Enjoying the great outdoors is even better when you know that you are doing your part to protect it, and there are many susstainable railing options out there. While aluminum is a 100% recyleable material, composite takes it a step futhor. Comprised of recycled materials such as sawdust and platic packaging, composite offers the look of wood without contributiing to deforrestation.
5) R.O.I. : What is it worth when I move?
Adding quality railing to your deck enhanced the overall feel of your outdoor space, adds value and joy to your home and ultimately makes it more attractive to potential homebuyes. So when you consider what you're ready to invest in this feature-the frame of your outdoor space- it's wise to consider your choices from a safety, aesthetic and long-term performance perspective. After all your home is most likely your biggest investment. While you spend money on a car, you invest money in property. Many times a little more upfront yeilds a far better long term return!
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