If you are looking for railings that will last you a long time, while demanding minimal maintenance over the years, many people are choosing PVC railings over wood railings. Wood railings are expensive to maintain, as they require regular staining, treating or painting in order to stay in good shape.
On top of these, despite all the work that goes into maintaining wood railings, it eventually rots due to exposure to the elements. If you are looking to have that natural look of wood, while eliminating all the maintenance trouble, a PVC railings is the way to go.
Remodeling.com recently compared the average cost for 36 popular remodeling projects with the value those projects retain at resale in 102 U.S. markets and found that a wood deck has a much lower return (57.7 percent) than the other mentioned projects.
Here are a few other reasons you should choose PVC railings over wood railings:
PVC is maintenance free
With PVC, you do not have to worry about sanding, staining or painting. Once you get the railings put up, maintenance will involve occasionally washing off any dirt with a garden hose. And however many years the PVC railings gets exposed to the elements, you will not see it warp, rot, splinter or blister like wood does.
Great styles, colors and textures
PVC railings offer a wide array of styles, colors and textures to choose from, unlike wood railings which have to be painted to give the desired look. And don’t forget that you have to keep repainting every time the color starts to fade and the paint starts peeling. PVC is the best alternative, and if you want your railings to have the natural look of wood, all you have to do is choose the appropriate color then sit back and enjoy your railings.
No more worries about fading railings
Wood railings fade over time, due to exposure to the harsh rays of the sun. You have to keep painting and staining the wood railings if you want it to retain that brand new look, a process that is tedious and expensive. PVC railings come with color protection that guarantees you long-lasting color, however many years the railings is exposed to the elements.
PVC railings are stronger and more durable than wood railings
Over time, wood railings rot away due to the effects of the elements. Wood railings are also not very good at absorbing impact, and if it so happens that your lawn mower has a run-in with your wood railings, it is very likely that you will need to replace a section of the railings. Choosing a PVC railings eliminates this trouble, meaning you will not have to constantly worry about that hole left in your railings.
“The beauty of PVC, besides what has already been mentioned, is that it can offers the rustic look quality of wood without the hassle that goes into maintaining wood railings,” explains Ihab Barrawi, President and CEO of BuyRailings.com.