Sunday, April 4, 2010

Rialings part 3 - composite pvc options

Hello again,  Spring is in the air and we have been busy doing estimates!  For the last few weeks we have been looking at different railing styles and products. This week we are going to look at composite and pvc,  low maintenance railing products.

For us we generally offer 3 different railing products for low maintenance decks.

The first product choice we give is Correct Deck CX and their DCL railing with metal balusters.

The DCL - Dimensional Composite Lumber 
Which means it can span long distances with the strength required for a railing. Most composites/pvc are not very strong.

The nice thing about the Correct Deck DCL (basically a 2x4) is that it has the cap layer covering the composite base. Which puts it into the ultra low maintenance class meaning it does really good in resisting Fade, Stain, Straching, and Mold. It is also more affordable than the composite kit rail systems most manufactures make.

One other nice feature is that the DCL 2x4 combined with the metal baluster option gives the railing a nice contast to the all one color kit rail systems.

I would like to see Correct Deck come out with some different options with rail posts, skirts and caps.
Their rail post are basically the same as a 4x4 in size, where most all of the other manufactures rail posts are sleeves that fit over a 4x4 that are bigger and look a little nicer,  also Correct Deck post caps and skirts are very basic. We usually use the De-kor post caps when we use the DCL rail system.
Next we offer the Timber Tech Radiance Rail
Which is a kit rail system meaning, the top and bottom rails and balusters come in a box in 6' and 8' lengths.
The Radiance Rail is a little more expensive than most other low maintenance railings on the market, but it is the nicest out there. It also matches the colors of the XLM decking and they have white and black colors which look really nice.

Next we offer the Monarch white railing Bermuda

Which is a budget minded product and still is low maintenance

There are many other railing options on the market that are very nice also.

Trex has the Artisan rail which has been re-named the Transcend railing 
The Transcend railing has alot of different options

Azek has a few different profiles of the old Premier railing

There is many vinyl railings on the market here one we like with many different baluster patterns    Michigan Lakes Railings

Most of these products are very durable and are composite with a PVC cap layer which really hold up well to the UV exposure which tends to tear down paints, stains and cheap vinyl rails.

We hope we have inspired you with ideas for your outdoor living areas

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