Are you ready for a battle of the metals? Choosing a new railing can be tough, and it’s important that you consider all of your options. If you lean toward metals and alloys (which are combinations of two metallic elements), this is the post for you. Today we’re comparing two popular metallic railing choices: aluminum and steel. Although they’re both attractive and strong, their contrasting qualities make them prime candidates for a head-to-head battle. We’ll compare them based on a number of factors, including maintenance, durability, cost, and installation. Aluminum vs. steel railings: who will be the victor?
Aluminum vs. Steel Railings
Both steel and aluminum are very durable. However, if you allow rust to eat away at a steel railing, you could compromise its structural integrity. Although most people think of rust as a visual problem primarily, it can also eat away at a railing material, making it unsafe. Aluminum, on the other hand, will not rust due to its superior powder coating. Speaking of which . . .
Aluminum railings are available in a beautiful, powder-coated finish, which protects the railing while requiring virtually no maintenance whatsoever. That’s right! Although you may want to hose them down from time to time, aluminum railings don’t need any maintenance to retain their beauty and remain strong and reliable. Steel, on the other hand, will rust if you don’t take care of it. You may need to repaint it every few years as well.
Aluminum railings are more affordable than steel. Enough said, right? Not quite. In addition, it’s important to note that the quality of aluminum is not lower simply because it costs less. Aluminum is able to combine affordability, beauty, and durability. Finally, remember that railing costs will vary from manufacturer to manufacturer, no matter what material you’re talking about.
Steel is tremendously difficult to install due to its hefty weight. Transporting it and handling it will require some heavy lifting, unlike aluminum, which is more lightweight. Additionally, if the railing will need to be cut for installation, aluminum is preferred because it can be easily cut with a miter saw (steel, on the other hand, requires heavy-duty equipment in order to be cut). Many homeowners are perfectly capable of installing their own aluminum railing.
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The winner? Aluminum! By a landslide, in fact. Plus, in addition to the benefits listed above, aluminum is also available in a wider variety of styles and colors. So if you’re choosing between aluminum and steel railings, we highly encourage you to seek out aluminum.
Are you in the market for aluminum railing? If so, 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.
For more railing options, please check out the MMC Fencing & Railing online store or give us a call at 1-866-931-5002.