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Old 04-10-2012, 05:53 AM   #1
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Advice on deck railing Azek vs PVC

I was hoping for some advice on which railing system to use. I had built an Ipe deck and used Azek railings. I am not fond of Azek rail for the following reasons:
bottom rail on most sections bowed
when it gets moldy/dirty their are a lot of ridges to have to scrub
some of the railing pieces seem to be checking
I dont like how the rails connect to the post (no sleeve to cover the ends)

The manufacturer sent me replacement railings because of the warping. I was thinking about selling them and starting over with PVC. Am I crazy? PVC rails are about 50% less than Azek. Is Azek really superior?


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Old 04-10-2012, 07:32 PM   #2
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im not sure abuot azec handrails. havent worked with it

depending on the brand of pvc.. the steel core can vary greatly with how strong it is.. the first type i used roughly 5 years ago was garbage.. within 2 weeks of installing it had begun to sag, sad thing is this brand is sold at all the big box stores.. more recently ive installed roughly 20 pvc hand rails using a product that came from a siding supplier where we buy our composite decking and azec from.. they use aircraft grade aluminum as opposed to galvanized steel stud track. ive driven by some of these homes 2 years later and the only defect is teh small holes homeowners have drilled to install hooks for xmas lights.. so im sold on the product


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I like the Timber Tec composite railings, Super strong, not going to sag, hidden fasners.
But there not cheap.
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