With the addition of Royal Outdoor Products, our Building Products Division has enhanced our offerings to the construction industry as well as providing the homeowner with materials for building more attractive, low maintenance decks, railing and fencing. Our experienced personnel can intelligently discuss Brock and Deck Lok vinyl decking, Royal Crown railing and Triple Crown fencing (both residential yard fence and post & rail horse fence).

Some of the most common questions follow:

  • Why would I pay more for vinyl railing instead of wood?
  • How much more difficult is it to install?
  • What colors are offered?
  • Are there different styles?
  • Can I get technical and design help?
  • What’s the difference between yours and Lowe’s (or any other big box store)?
  • Is there any maintenance at all?

WHY WOULD I PAY MORE FOR VINYL RAILING INSTEAD OF WOOD?

When you take into account the true cost of maintaining and repainting railing, a constantly deteriorating project over the years, the true cost of vinyl is probably less than wood! So it not only lasts years longer but looks good the whole time. Whether your project is deck railing, a concrete porch or some other outdoor project, here are just a few benefits of vinyl:

  • Looks good for many years to come instead of constantly deteriorating
  • Never needs painting
  • High concentrations of titanium dioxides mean minimal fading
  • Won’t blister, peel, rot or corrode
  • No visible hardware to detract from the overall appearance
  • Not subject to any type of insect damage
  • Knowledgeable design help always available
  • Flame resistant and self-extinguishing
  • Minimal effort required to clean off any mildew buildup
  • Hollow rail designs allow for “invisible” wiring, outlets and lights

HOW DIFFICULT IS IT TO INSTALL?

Vinyl railing typically cuts with standard power tools. Any of the galvanized reinforcing steel inside of the rails is usually cut with a Sawzall with a metal blade.

By taking advantage of our technical department, you can feel confident right from the start. Usually there is no charge for a drawing and bill of materials for your project. In addition, complete instructions are readily available. In a pinch, you can always call for additional help from one of our in-house railing experts.

WHAT COLORS ARE OFFERED?

Depending on the style, colors consist of Alpine White, Desert Tan and Pebblestone Clay.

ARE THERE DIFFERENT STYLES OF RAILING?

Several styles of pickets, spindles, posts, caps and low-voltage lights are available.

CAN I GET HELP DESIGNING MY LAYOUT?

Our Design Department is capable of supplying scale drawings and bills-of-material listing all of the vinyl components and the cost for each. In addition, complete instructions are supplied for both decking and railing. Generally, there is no charge for this service since any design charges are credited back when your material order is placed.

WHAT’S THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN YOUR VINYL AND THE BIG BOX STORE VINYL?

Remember there are tons of “me toos” out there (and more every day). The most common way to impact the market when you’re new is to cut the price – and the most common way to cut the price is to cut the quality! What are some of the things you need to consider about you supplier?

  • Wall thickness of railing. Remember that wall thickness usually translates into strength.
  • Warranty. Is it really a lifetime, transferable warranty?
  • UV protection. The big box store probably can’t even discuss things like
  • titanium dioxide and fade resistance.
  • Complete package. If you don’t want to sweat the details, their “buy our stuff and make something out of it” may be sufficient. However, if you really want to take pride in your project, make sure all of the components are readily available from the manufacturer.

IS THERE ANY MAINTENANCE AT ALL?

Compared to wood, there is virtually none. The non-porous surface cleans exceptionally easily and resists stains. Squirting it off once in a while is a good idea. In high foliage areas, consider a light pressure wash every couple of years to easily clean and accumulated mildew. For stains, refer to our Stain Removal Chart.

VINYL RAILING

Our vinyl railing has been around for decades. The subtle differences between Royal Crown and others may not be apparent until you look closely. Here are a few features of our railing systems:

  • Wall thicknesses are maximized to provide high strength
  • Most styles available in white, tan, gray or clay
  • Color consistency is maintained for each lot
  • Tolerances are tighter than most other brands
  • Reinforcing galvanized steel is used in both top and bottom rails
  • 4 x 4 Sleeves slide comfortably over wood 4 x 4’s
  • Several standard designs provide styles to suit your needs
  • High levels of titanium dioxide mean almost no fading over the years
  • Low voltage lighting with automatic controls enhance your evening enjoyment
  • Longer rail sections available in most styles

From a practical standpoint, the “most comfortable” advantage is the fact that, after decades of experience, we “sweat the details” and provide the fittings and accessories for just about any circumstance that you run across during your railing project so that you end up with a professional job.