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How to Cut Aluminum Deck Railings

Aluminum Railings | May 28, 2021

If you are considering aluminum railings for your deck, there are several aspects to keep in mind to ensure smooth installation and lasting durability. Aluminum railings are a safe, aesthetically pleasing, and cost-effective solution for any home. In addition to understanding the various components of your aluminum railing system, it is important to know how to cut aluminum deck railings. As leading providers of quality aluminum deck railings, the team at Vista Railing Systems has provided some information on the required tools and key considerations for the cutting process.

Learn why to choose aluminum railings over steel railings.

Tools for Cutting Aluminum Deck Railings

When cutting aluminum railings, it is important to ensure that you have the correct tools for the job. Inadequate tools can result in sharp edges, splintering, and increased installation times. This can reduce durability and create a potential safety hazard. Aluminum deck railings can be cut with standard wood cutting tools, eliminating the need for expensive specialized tools. Mitre saws and masking tape can be used to cut an aluminum railing to the required size. During the cutting process, ensure that you are wearing safety goggles and gloves to protect your eyes and hands from metal splinters.

Cutting Aluminum vs. Steel and Iron

While aluminum can be cut with the same tools that are used for wood, steel and iron railing systems will require specialized tools. Standard mitre saw blades may chip, bend, or break when attempting to cut either material, resulting in additional costs for replacement blades. These tools can also damage steel and iron railing systems and lead to jagged, uneven cuts. If you are installing a steel railing system or iron deck railing, you will need to purchase specialized cutting equipment or hire a professional, further increasing costs.

To learn more about our aluminum deck railings, get in touch with the experts at Vista Railing Systems. We can be reached by phone or text at 1-800-667-8247 and will work with you to provide the information you need to choose the perfect deck railing solution for your needs.