Choosing Porch Railing Types

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When picking a porch railing, you have many choices in terms of material. You'll want to consider durability, maintenance, and style to come up with the railing that best suits your needs. Use these tips to choose between aluminum, iron, wood and vinyl.

Aluminum Porch Railing

Aluminum or iron rails will be one of the most durable materials you can use for railing. They're strong, and will withstand weathering better than other materials. These railings require minimal maintenance and will very rarely need to be replaced. If you decide to use this material for your porch railing, look for an aluminum or iron material that won’t rust. This is especially important in coastal or humid areas. If you do start to notice rust, attend to it immediately.

Wooden Railings

Wooden railings are more commonly seen on the interior of your home, but are beautiful when can be used outside for porches as well. Wood has a classic look, but it requires more work to maintain than other options. Make sure you seal it properly so it can withstand the elements.

Vinyl Porch Railings

Vinyl is quickly becoming one of the most popular materials used in fences and railings. Vinyl is affordable, looks great, and is available in a huge variety of styles and finishes. It’s not maintenance free, but it’s very easy to keep up and you won’t have to worry about rust or rot.