Vinyl was invented in the 1940s. It was used for a variety of products including siding and windows before it was utilized for fences and railings. As a matter of fact, the vinyl railing industry didn’t take off until the early 1980s. Today, vinyl is the second most-produced plastic in the world.
Vinyl railing offers myriad benefits ranging from durability and affordability to style and privacy. Vinyl railing also requires virtually no maintenance. It maintains its color exceptionally well and holds up to poor weather conditions much better than railings made of natural materials like wood. Vinyl is also a do-it-yourself homeowner’s dream. It’s a relatively lightweight product that comes in easy-to-assemble kits, allowing even the most inexperienced handyman to install an attractive, sturdy railing. Not sure of your carpentry capabilities? We’ve assembled a step-by-step checklist to make the installation process completely painless.