When building an addition onto your house as extensive and prominent as a back deck, you want to make the right choices along the way. Hiring a good contractor to build to your specifications is an excellent first step. Professional work will always hold up and look much better than something done by an amateur. But even if you're doing the work on your own, you'll have multiple opportunities to change and shape the character of your project. Aluminum deck balusters carry with them several benefits. Among them, strength, appearance, and weather resistance. Here are some reasons why this type of railing gives you the best of all worlds.
When you choose aluminum deck balusters, you are not pigeonholing yourself into a single shape the way you are with some other materials. Do you want restrictions when you start planning what is often the most decorative aspect of a project like this? You'll already have some, simply based on size considerations. Do not add more by choosing a material that only gives you a couple of shape options. Because of the durability of the metal, you can have just about any shape you can think of.
Metal railroads have a lot of advantages over wood, and they were extremely popular in the 70s and 80s, particularly among DIY-ers. But most metal railroads come with one big problem: they will ever rust. This weakens the railroads and it looks terrible. Aluminum deck balusters are highly resistant to rust. You can also have them powder covered, which will give you an even longer lasting finish and greater protection against the rain and oxidation that threatens other metals. Of course, unlike wood, you will not have to worry about splintering or rot. And unlike steel, you will not have to bring out the paint can every couple of years.
Are aluminum deck balusters the right choice for your project? Every homeowner has to make that decision based on a number of factors. But if you do decide to go in that direction, you'll be the recipient of a host of benefits, in addition to its weather resistant qualities and flexibility. The metal is known to be resistant to shrinking and expanding in accordance with shifting temperatures. You will not have to worry about treating the railing with pesticides to keep them free of termites. You get a good product for a good price. Ask your contractor or local supplier about your options.