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Six Reasons to Choose Aluminum Railing for Your Next Porch Project

Posted by Kyle Boatwright on 4/6/18 8:00 AM

If you are looking to make some improvements to your house, one possibility you may be thinking about could be the installation of a new railing to provide additional support or visual flair. When it comes to railing materials, there are multiple options out there, but today, more and more homeowners are choosing to go with aluminum for a variety of reasons. Here are six reasons why you should go with aluminum when it's time to install the latest addition to your home.Aluminum_Railing-resized-600

(1) Low Maintenance

Aluminum simply doesn't come with the maintenance headaches that often accompany other common building materials like wood or iron. Aluminum railing doesn't need to be stained and does not require any special cleaning chemicals to maintain its appearance. To keep your new railing clean, all you have to do is wipe it down with a bit of soap and water.

(2) Incredibly Durable

Aluminum is an incredibly strong material and is a great fit for your property whether inside or outside the house. Aluminum does not suffer from corrosion or the development of rust like other materials, so you can easily install an aluminum railing out on your deck or near your garden without worrying about Mother Nature. An outdoor aluminum railing can maintain its original look and form for decades, no matter how much rain, sleet and snow comes down in your neck of the woods.

(3) Lightweight But Strong

Aluminum is a unique material in that it's relatively lightweight and yet it can withstand a good bit of force when needed. Its lightweight construction means it's easy to move around if the railing ever needs to be repositioned, but it can also easily handle a collision with your playing child or excited pet without suffering any significant damage.

(4) Environmentally Friendly

If you'd like to keep the additions you make to your property environmentally friendly, you can't go wrong with aluminum. Aluminum is a highly recyclable material, which means you can likely use already-recycled aluminum when building your railing and then choose to recycle it again yourself if you ever decide to take the railing down. For homeowners who are conscious of their eco-footprint, there aren't many better materials than aluminum.

(5) Stylish Design

When you think of aluminum, you probably think of a specific hue of silver, but your new railing can actually be a wide variety of different colors. A reputable contractor can treat aluminum with a powder coating to give it almost any color you would like. Aluminum railing can also be crafted to give it a variety of different structures or looks, ranging from traditional to modern. Many homeowners might think of wrought iron or perhaps wood if they want to build a fancy-looking railing, but the truth is that aluminum can actually more than hold its own in this department.

(6) Cost Effective

The exact price of your new aluminum railing will obviously depend on a wide variety of different factors including the overall size and how intricate you would like the final design to look. But in general, aluminum is a less expensive material than some other options like wrought iron. If you have a specific budget in mind, you might be able to get more aluminum (and a bigger railing) for your money than if you were to go with another material.

When it comes to choosing a material for your new railing or another similar structure, you have multiple options available. But aluminum is a solid choice that can provide multiple benefits including low maintenance and high durability. For more information on aluminum railings, reach out to a local business like Worthington Millwork today and request a free catalog.

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Topics: Aluminum Railing, DIY, Porch Railing

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