Vinyl vs. Aluminum Railing



According to Benjamin Kauffman, Regional Sales Manager at Superior Plastic Products, the answer depends on the project and the customer.
“Both offer advantages. Several factors, including specific application, a customer’s style and design preferences, budget, and other considerations, can make one a better choice than the other for a project,” explains Kauffman.

Vinyl Railing Advantages

Vinyl-Rail Price — Costs less than aluminum railing

Low maintenance — Requires little attention other than occasional cleaning

Durability — Withstands long-term weather wear and tear better than aluminum (even in beachfront locations where there’s exposure to saltwater mist)

Traditional appeal — Provides a more authentic wood design than aluminum railing

Aluminum Railing Advantages

Aluminum-Rail Strength — Is stronger in a smaller, easier-to-grasp profile than vinyl railing

Modern appeal — Offers a more contemporary, sleek look

Wide Range of Color Options — Comes in a variety of powder-coated colors that can complement nearly any décor

Rustproof — Won’t rust even if the powder coating gets scratched, making it an ideal replacement for deteriorating wrought iron railing

“While we continue to sell more vinyl railing overall, aluminum railing has gained popularity,” shares Kauffman. “At Superior Plastic Products, both railing types come with a lifetime warranty (20 years). Regardless of which one your customer chooses, you can provide them with long-term value.”
If you’re not sure which railing—vinyl or aluminum—will be the better choice for a project, feel free to reach out to us at Homestead Outdoor Products. We’re always happy to help you decide on the right products to fulfill your customers’ needs.[/column-third-1-2]
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