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Old 04-08-2011, 09:26 AM   #1
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Restaining deck rails vs. installing composite


I am looking for advice here. I have 10 year old deck. The floor is composit Epoch decking and the rails are cedar. I stained the rails myself initially, and it started peeling. I then had them restained and it is peeling again. I have been advised to strup it all off and start again, but the thought of that makes we want to puke. I really want to install a composite railing system, but it is very expensive $5-6K for materials.

I have been reading about the need to constantly restain the cedar railings and that makes me want to puke more. Any suggestions on what is best in the long run?

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Old 04-08-2011, 02:42 PM   #2
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How about aluminum, vinyl, etc ? Minimal maintenance, inexpensive compare to composite railing/ SS wire.

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Thanks for the reply. Vinyl does not seem sturdy enough to me. Can you recommend aluminum brands to consider?
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