We all LOVE our time at the lake! And if you own waterfront property, we know of two reasons you do not want the typical pressure-treated wood railings on your dock or boathouse. The first is safety, and the second is the hard work of maintaining those wood railings. You are at the lake to enjoy the water and the environment, not for chores like the maintenance of wood railings.
While safety is a concern for anyone with a waterfront home, safety and wood maintenance are tightly interconnected. Without the proper maintenance, your wood railings will deteriorate over time and, at some point, they will no longer be safe.
Whether it’s your primary residence or a second home, you want your lake house to be a relaxing place. We doubt you enjoy spending your time at the lake sanding and staining your railings so they’ll stay safe and continue to look good.
The Porch Company has a better option: our PVC railing panels. We have several railing designs available through our online store, including the Southern Cross design you see pictured here. Aren’t they beautiful! They add a touch of gracefulness to the waterfront environment, but looks aren’t the only reason to switch from wood to PVC railings. The most important reason is safety.
Pressure-treated wood takes quite a beating in the harsh conditions of a lakefront environment. With prolonged exposure to full sun and all sorts of weather, wood railings will degrade and deteriorate. Assuming your railings were installed to code, when the wood deteriorates the railings will no longer meet code and will become a safety hazard. All of our railing panels comply with all safety regulations and will stand up to whatever Mother Nature brings.
Of course, safety is a concern for anyone with property on a lake, river, or another body of water. Where you have railings on a boathouse, a dock or a landing over the water, people are going to assume the railings are safe. They’re going to lean on those railings. If the wood has deteriorated, the railings won’t hold. The danger increases if the structure with railings is more than 36″ high and is over the water.
Are you ready to upgrade your waterfront railings using our low-maintenance solution that will stand up to nature’s harshest conditions? Call The Porch Company at 615-663-2886 or shop our PorchCo store online. We would love to discuss your railing needs!