While new construction can be fun and exciting, there is just a much, if not more, work going on in the renovation world. Since the onset of Covid-19, this has become even more true. In 2020 the amount spent on renovations increase by over 15%, with an additional 6% increase in 2021 so far according to a survey conducted by Houzz & Home. So than, how does railing fit in with the larger renovation trends?
Renovations happen all the time, from updating a porch on a residential home to completely reimagining a large multi-family building. These renovations can take place for a number of reasons, from updates in styles in trends to modern efficiencies not before possible over to our main focus here: safety. As building materials age, they will naturally begin to deteriorate, especially those outdoors. Of particular concern for our discussion is the quality of a railing system falling below an acceptable threshold. This deterioration can come in many forms such as rust, rotting, cracking, or material warping. Regardless of the way a railing system starts to fade the important point is how dangerous it can become. In many instances, a railing is a life safety item so naturally it failing is quite the big deal.
Iron can rust, creating a potential safety risk
So that begs the question, why should an aluminum railing system be chosen over another material when renovating? After all, shouldn’t you replace the existing railing structure with the same material as before? Well, if you want the same problem as before, then yes replacing it with the exact same material is an option. However, aluminum doesn’t rust like iron, rot like wood, or warp like vinyl, creating a nearly maintenance free railing system for years after installation. So, in 10 years when you are leaning up on your second-floor aluminum balcony railing, you won’t have any cause for concern. Of course, instead of renovating a railing system, you can always get aluminum railing the first time!
Renovating or building, aluminum railing is always a great choice!