o Detailed designs are easy to create with metal railings. Metal is very easy to work and it is lightweight, which makes it ideal for detailed and intricate designs.
o Rotting and splintering does not occur with metal railings, which is not the case with railings made of wood.
o Due to the light weight, these railings made of metal can be installed and used in many different areas and ways.
o Depending upon your budget and personal preference, you can decide whether you want your metal railings flat or casted.
o Metal railings are extremely durable and weather-resistant. This is unlike materials like PVC or wood.
o Metal railings can be covered with a powder-coated paint. This helps to make the railings even more durable and they may last as long as 30 years.
o Metal railings are low maintenance. All you will need to do is wipe them off periodically with a wet cloth.
Metals Used In Railings
There is a variety of metals that you can find in railings. Some of the more common metals that are used include:
1. The most common material that is used in metal railings is stainless steel. It is lightweight, but it is very strong. It is very durable and is not affected by the weather. It is also virtually maintenance free, which is a wonderful benefit. It is easy to work with and is a wonderful way to enhance your home.
2. Wrought iron railings are also very popular. This is mainly seen in period homes and is very traditional. It is very heavy, but it will last for a long time. You will enjoy the fact that there is very little maintenance. One of the downsides is that if there is a break in the railings, you will find that it will be very difficult to fix. Replacement railings will be difficult to match with your existing railings so you need to consider this before you make your decision.
3. If your ideal railing design is angles and straight lines, then aluminum is a wonderful railing material for you. Aluminum railings are extremely durable and very lightweight. They are not a good choice for curves and curlicues, so you want to keep that in mind. Maintenance is very simple and these railings will last you for many years.
4. If your budget will allow it, then you may want to use brass. It was a favorite material during medieval times for kings and other rich people, but it is not used very much in our modern time. You may see it as a covering over other materials for railings, but railings made entirely of brass are not seen very often. Brass is not a maintenance free material, however, because it needs frequent polishing to keep it looking beautiful.