Composite railings are made from a combination of wood and synthetic plastics.
Many of the products have great color and texture and of course require
very little or zero maintentance.
Polyethylene composite material has more flex than polypropelene materials
and therefore railing sections usually require more support to prevent bottom
rails from sagging.
Also, some railing systems come with complete pre-cut balusters, top and bottom
rails and connectors. Other composite materials are sold like lumber where
you have to cut each piece to length and install it using course wood screws.
are usually surface mounted and can either be notched to secure into the
deck framing and joists and then are covered with a composite shell and
post cap or are proprietary post anchor is provided.
Keep in Mind
When you choose a composite railing consider these issues:
- do you like the texture?
- do you like the available colors and how much do they fade?
- do you like the style and designs available?
You'll pay more but you will likely never have to touch your railing again.
That is pretty nice.