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PROS AND CONS OF ALUMINUM RAILING
When you’re deciding whether or not to make a major purchase, a good old pros and cons list will never let you down. Today we’re going to help you explore one of the most popular railing materials on the market today: aluminum. Known for its lightweight strength and its ability to resist corrosion and rust, aluminum is an excellent material for both railings and fences. But if you’re on the fence about using this exceptional material for your railing, check out the pros and cons of aluminum railing that we’ve listed below.
Pros and Cons of Aluminum Railing
STRENGTH. Because aluminum is lightweight, some people assume that it isn’t sturdy or strong. However, this couldn’t be further from the truth. Just because aluminum is portable and easy to lift, that does not mean it isn’t strong. Plus, its light weight makes installation a breeze, so you can install it yourself (which costs nothing!) or have it installed for an inexpensive price.
STYLE. Aluminum’s appearance is versatile, clean, and stylish. Railings made of aluminum are available in a variety of styles, from modern to traditional to old-fashioned. Look for a model with a powder coating, which offers dependable color, longevity, and durability.
LOW-MAINTENANCE. Aluminum railing doesn’t need to be painted, stained, or treated; the powder coating will protect the metal and preserve its condition. You may want to clean it lightly from time to time (spraying it down with your hose is perfectly fine), but don’t expect any heavy-duty cleaning sessions.
DURABLE. Although it doesn’t require much help from you, aluminum will stand up to whatever Mother Nature throws at it, from rain and hail to snow and ice. It resists corrosion, rust, decay, insect infestation, and more. Plus, despite the hurdles thrown at it, an aluminum railing can last for decades without losing its beauty or health.
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ECO-FRIENDLY. Finally, aluminum is recyclable! So even after your railing retires following many years of devoted service, you won’t have to worry about it filling up a landfill (assuming you dispose of it properly, of course).
To be frank, aluminum’s disadvantages are so minimal and debatable, they aren’t worth mentioning at all. Unless you simply don’t like the look of aluminum (and you would be in the minority there, I assure you), why not give it a shot? Aluminum is a near-perfect railing material, offering strength, weather-resistance, easy installation, and so much more. Just be sure that you purchase your aluminum railing from a reputable company that offers a great warranty and helpful customer service.
If you would like to purchase a new aluminum railing, do yourself a favor and check out MMC Fencing & Railing. You might be interested in the Westbury Aluminum Railing systems, which are available in a variety of styles and colors. With names like Tuscany, Riviera, Montego, and Veranda, you can trust that these railings are both elegant and understated. Or, if you’re concerned about pesky insects, learn more about Screenrail, an aluminum railing with heavy-duty screen panels to keep out mosquitos and other bothersome bugs.