If you are looking to compliment your deck or patio, add a safety feature to your balcony or add a handrail to a set of stairs, aluminium railings are a wonderful option of construction material. There are numerous styles of railings available and aluminum railings have many benefits over some of the other types. Aluminium can fit a wide range of decor styles and be formed to create a contemporary or traditional look. There are a number of customization options when it comes to aluminium railings, so make sure to consider your needs and preferences when choosing your railings.
The Benefits of Aluminium Railings
While there are many metals used in the construction of railings, aluminum railings can really offer quite a benefit over the different types. For starters, the installation of aluminium railings is far easier than a lot of the others. Cutting aluminium does not require specialized tools as some other types of metal do, meaning that the installation and railing fabrication is generally cheaper than other metal railing installations.
In comparison to other metals, aluminum is great for outside use due to that fact that is resistant to rusting. Aluminium is often powder coated in order to further protect the finish from harsh weather conditions. While wood railings can often rot, or need to be re-sanded and re-finished, aluminum railings are very low maintenance.
Aluminum railings are long lasting and will not need to be replaced for many years. The material also has the benefit of customization. Aluminum railings are available in a wide range of colors that can perfectly match the trim of your home or blend perfectly with your patio colors.
Another great thing about using aluminum as a building material is the fact that it is environmentally friendly. Aluminum is fully recyclable, which means that after years and years of use, if you decide to change your railing, the materials can be reused instead of sitting in a landfill site.
The fact that aluminum railings are malleable means that they can easily be fixed. If you want to drill a hole in your railing in order to install a plant hanger or other item, it can be done easily with a standard drill.
Installing Aluminum Railings
Aluminum railings are often prefabricated in sections that can be cut in order to fit your specific needs. There are multiple styles and designs to choose from, so after you have decided on your preferred style, you should measure the area that you will be fitting with the aluminum railings and consider if you will need any special fixtures or pieces. One important consideration with railings is the height. You want to be sure to install a unit that will be tall enough so that it won’t be tripped over, but not so tall that it will obstruct views.
The most important part of the installation process will be attaching the posts. Depending on the foundation of the area in which you will be installing the railing, you will either need to drill into wood or concrete in order to anchor the posts. With prefabricated units, installation is fairly easy and can be done without much experience.
As you can see, the benefits of aluminum railings are plentiful. With easy installation, low cost, low maintenance and long lasting durability, aluminum is a wonderful choice of material for your railings.
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