When it comes to selecting the best type of railing for your deck, it is important to think about each of the different options available so that you can make an informed decision. Wood, aluminum, and vinyl all have different maintenance needs and longevity, including how long aluminum railings last compared to the others.

At Northwest Decks Plus, we offer a wide range of aluminum railing products that are high-quality, durable, and designed to last. When remodeling or building a deck, aluminum railings can provide style and low-maintenance durability.

What is the Lifespan of Aluminum Railings?

Other deck railing materials, such as wood or vinyl, can soften, rot, or break down over time. Powder-coated aluminum railings can last around 20 years- maybe even longer. Powder-coated aluminum is resistant to chemicals and corrosion and stands up against rough weather. The pre-treatment, which specially cleans and processes the aluminum, is the key to its longevity. Many decking professionals consider powder-coated aluminum to be the longest-lasting deck railing material.

Advantages of Aluminum Railings

On top of its incredibly long-lasting durability, aluminum railings also offer several more advantages, including:

Weather Resistant

Aluminum is one of the most weather-resistant deck railing materials available. It can typically withstand environmental hazards like rain, snow, and direct sunlight.

Low Maintenance

Most of the time, aluminum railings are powder coated. That means that you won’t have to paint or stain it. Instead, you’ll only need to occasionally clean it with mild, metal-safe soap and water when it starts to look dirty.

Great Aesthetics

Compared to other kinds of deck railings, aluminum railings come in various designs, colors, and styles. That makes it easy to choose the best type or design for your wants and needs. Some manufacturers create aluminum railings that can blend in with the other elements of your home. That makes them more aesthetically pleasing and versatile.

Low Cost

Aluminum is an affordable deck railing material. While it could cost more upfront than other materials like wood, you’ll save money in the long run because aluminum is far easier to maintain and clean.

Do Aluminum Railings Rust?

Aluminum is a lightweight, naturally rust-resistant material, though, without a coating, it will rust in its way. Since powder-coated aluminum is not iron or steel, you don’t have to worry about corrosion or rust like you would with other metals. When shopping for an aluminum railing, you’ll want to look for those that offer a high-quality protective coating.

What is Better, Vinyl or Aluminum Railing?

Vinyl can be a better choice than aluminum when it comes to privacy, but aluminum is stronger. Aluminum will stand up to the elements for over ten years with its moderate weight and resilience. You might want to explore the aluminum fence systems for your yard, which offer a stylish look and durability as well as improved strength.

Why Should I Choose Aluminum Over Wood?

Installing wood panels takes roughly 20 minutes and can demand more labor from those involved. Pre-assembled aluminum panels can take as little as five minutes to install. You won’t need special tools or welding equipment. That means you can install 12 boards an hour instead of three, which is a drastic increase in productivity. Contractors can complete your deck projects quicker, which means you’ll be able to enjoy your space that much sooner.


Wood systems can be less expensive upfront, but they require regular maintenance that quickly adds up to make them more costly than aluminum railing in the long run. Wood railing panels can cost around $500 every 18 months due to ongoing cleaning and refinishing. You can choose untreated wood to avoid refinishing. Still, that wood won’t be painted or finished, and it will eventually have a dark gray cast because of weathering.

Even with good maintenance habits, wood only lasts roughly five to 10 years. On the other hand, aluminum railing systems are strong, long-lasting, and virtually maintenance-free. There are certain brands, for instance, that offer an architectural-grade powder coating that the manufacturer’s warranty covers for 20 years. During that time, you can expect to spend nothing on maintenance. With these high-quality aluminum railing systems, you won’t have to spend your valuable free time repainting or staining the railings.

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