USA: Deck Railings: Deck Railing Manufacturers
ABOUT DECK RAILINGS
There are two main types of wood deck railings: Natural Wood, and Alternative Wood. Western Red Cedar is a popular material. The Western Red Cedar Lumber Association has a comprehensive website, with advisory articles on designing, installing, and maintaining Western Red Cedar deck railings. It also has a listing of certified retailers throughout the USA. Alternative Wood Railings are made from recycled materials. These include waste wood and recycled plastic including plastic grocery bags.
The recycled material used in Alternative Wood Railings is highly durable, stable and weatherproof. It resembles natural wood in color and texture. However it does not have the full authentic character of natural wood.
LEADING USA MANUFACTURERS
The following leading manufacturers, selected by Abacus Construction Index, have comprehensive websites, with information on all aspects, including online catalogs, colors and materials, and care and maintenance.
Trex. Trex Company, based in Winchester, Virginia and founded in 1996, is a leading manufacturer of alternative wood railings. The railings are made by recycling waste wood, reclaimed pallet wrap, and plastic grocery bags. Trex claims to recycle about 50% of the recycled grocery bags available on the market. Trex Railing is available in five product ranges, all carefully designed to resemble natural wood in color and texture. Available colors include: Classic White, Charcoal Black, Cayenne, Burnished Amber, Saddle, Winchester Grey, Madeira, and Woodland Brown. Because Trex contains natural wood fiber, slight fading will occur with exposure to sunlight and moisture. Twelve to sixteen weeks of exposure to rain and sunlight are normally needed for Trex railings to assume their faded color. The color fading process is harmless, and does not affect durability.
Western Red Cedar Lumber Association. The decking website of the Western Red Cedar Lumber Association contains sections on: Western Red Cedar deck designs; Building wooden decks and patios; Decking Pictures; Railings; and Deck Stain. There is a Deck Designer feature enabling the customer to select and modify deck shape and size in various grades, add stairs, railings, and additional levels. It produces a printed specification with a how-to checklist, a materials listing, and information on the customer's three closest suppliers of Western Red Cedar. The WRCLA website contains articles on: Installing House Siding, Garden Gazebos & Fences, Cedar Architect's Gallery, and Online Cedar Training. The Online Cedar Training covers: Wood Properties, Wood Manufacturing, Products and Grading, Installation, Finishing, and Maintenance.
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