Aluminum vs. Vinyl
Vinyl can represent a fire hazard, releasing toxic gases when burned. Vinyl railings can also be severely affected by weather, and may shrink or warp due to excessive heating and cooling trends. Aluminum railings have minimal expansion and contraction characteristics and remain relatively consistent throughout extreme hot and cold temperature fluctuations.
Vinyl is affected by the sunlight and can fade and crack due to ultraviolet rays. Powder coated aluminum railings, however, offer superior protection against the elements and will not warp, splinter or crack.