Choosing new railings for your home can be challenging, whether it is a new construction or whether you want to replace your old wooden banisters. The best choice is ultimately between two versatile options: wrought iron vs aluminum railings. Both of these metals offer aesthetic beauty and durability.
Let’s look at each of their features in comparison:
Wrought iron can rust, so it is important to take good care of it. A fresh coat of paint and applying oil to rust marks is a good step in caring for your wrought iron fence. Aluminum features a powder-coated finish that lends a baked-on enamel appearance. Simply hose it down occasionally to remove dust and bird droppings, and you’re good to go!
Wrought iron and aluminum are both durable, provided you ensure that you keep rust away from your wrought iron railings. Rust is more than just a visual aesthetic problem. It reduces the durability of your railings. The rust-resistance of aluminum enhances its durability.
If cost is an issue, aluminum should be your first choice. While costs vary from one manufacturer to the next, aluminum costs less than wrought iron. But don’t be fooled into thinking that just because it is cheaper, aluminum is of lower quality. The truth is that aluminum combines beauty and durability at an affordable price.
Wrought iron is heavy, which is why it is important to hire qualified installers who can assemble it on-site. Aluminum, on the other hand, comes prefabricated. If it does require cutting, you can simply use a miter saw, rather than heavy-duty power tools. If you have some DIY experience, you will find aluminum railing to be easy to install.
When you’re looking for new porch railings, and you like the look for wrought iron, but you’re put off by the costs, maintenance and installation, consider aluminum. Available in a variety of beautiful stock or custom styles, you will be spoilt for choice.
North West Aluminum can assist you with your choice of wrought iron vs aluminum railings. Call 647-952-5023 to find out more.