Frequently Asked Questions
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Q. Why should I consider an aluminum railing product versus wood, steel or iron?
A. Precision Aluminum’s railings are super-low maintenance. Unlike wood railings that need to be protected from insects and decay, or other metal railings prone to rust and peeling paint, Precision Aluminum Railings feature long-life rust-free powder coatings that endure any negligible maintenance requirements.
Q. I have a unique railing project in mind; does Precision Aluminum Manufacturing do custom work?
A. Yes! Precision Aluminum’s railings are fully customizable and are custom-finished for the real dimensions of your deck or landing. Choose any style detailing you want, pick any colour you want; we can match any design scheme you select. We can also accommodate any height or unique angle requirements you have – in short, we can build a railing system to your specifications that will create that custom look you’re after.
Q. Do Precision Aluminum Manufacturing’s railings meet all North American building codes?
A. Yes. The Precision Aluminum Railing System is engineered to meet all major Canadian building code requirements.
Q. What is powder coating and why should I use it?
A. Powder coating is one of the most durable exterior finishes available today. It is used on many metal items that are exposed to the weather because, as a finish, it is the best way to insure durability, weather resistance, and colour retention. All Precision Aluminum product lines have Super Durable XP polyester powder coatings. Super Durable powders are formulated to maintain greater than 50% of their original gloss following 5 years of exposure.Precision Aluminum Manufacturing offers powder coating in standard and custom colours, providing a virtually infinite variety of hues for you to choose from.
A powder-coated finish is part paint and part polyester sealer/resin. The finish is applied as a powder, electrostatically, and while held to the metal this way, is baked in an oven. It is baked at a hot enough temperature so that, in effect, the outside layer of the metal fuses with the melted powder forming a hard, weather-resistant finish. For more information visit www.powdercoating.org.
Q. What heights are available?
A. Precision Aluminum Manufacturing’s railings are available in 2 standard heights: 36" and 42". We can also manufacture up to 72” for wind barriers and privacy walls.
Q. How do the posts attach to the deck?
A. Precision Aluminum Manufacturing utilizes both surface mount posts with a 4” x 4” base plate as standard, as well as standard fascia brackets, also referred to as side mount posts.
Q. What type of glass is used?
A. Precision Aluminum recommends using 5mm (3/16”) tempered or 6mm (¼”) tempered for use in Canada, as per building code.
Q. Can I get obscured, tinted or etched glass?
A. Yes. Obscured, tinted or etched glass can be used in the Precision Aluminum railing systems the same way clear, tempered glass is. We have a wide selection of custom glass to choose from, as well.
Q. What type and size of pickets are available?
A. Precision Aluminum offers a number of different sized pickets, starting with our standard straight 5/8” x 5/8” square, which is the same material we use to make our “basket” pickets. A 5/8” x 1½” picket. A 3/4” x 3/4” square picket is also available.
Q. Can a mid-rail or intermediate rail be added?
A. Yes, Precision Aluminum railing offers a mid-rail for use with both picket and glass styles.
Q. Can I mix picket and glass railings together?
A. Yes. Many of the same parts are used in both systems. It is very common to have glass railings on the deck and picket railings on the stairs.
Q. Can I add decorative features to a picket railing?
A. Yes, you can accessorize your railing with round rings, collars, diamond shapes, or practically any other design you can imagine.
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SRS/DIY Modular Railing System
Precision Aluminum also offers an economical solution to the handy home owner: A “do-it-yourself” modular railing system.
These modular rail systems are becoming very popular because of the ease of installation and low cost. Our modular rails are called Super Rail Systems (SRS) and are available in picket or glass styles.
Top Rail Profile
Download a pdf file of our top rails. You can also view a pdf file for the following products:
Super Rail System Design Features
Custom Welded Railings Design Features