First of all, why aluminum?
Aluminium is a unique and widely versatile metal. It’s infinitely recyclable and can be reshaped over and over throughout its life cycle without any deterioration. In fact, nearly 75% of all aluminum ever produced is still in use to this day! Aluminum products are light weight (a third of the weight of steel!), resistant to corrosion, and strong, making it the perfect railing materials. It’ll keep your deck safe and low maintenance, without the worry of rot or instability.
How to Maintain Your Aluminum Rails
While one of the biggest benefits of alunium railings is their low maintenance needs, a tiny bit of elbow grease will help extend the look and life of your railing. Aluminum railings should be cleaned approximately every three months using a mild soap and water. This will help prevent any build ups of dirt, pollen or any other outdoor pollutants such as sap or bugs. After washing, rinse with clean water to remove any residual trace of soap. Avoid using abrasive products to avoid scuffing or scratching the surface.
If the surface of your aluminum railing is scuffed, Vim or an equivalent cleaning product can be used on non-metallic and non-textured finishes to gently remove scratches. Always spot test your cleaning product on a inconspicuous area of your railing beforehand! Vim or similar products can also be used to remove the white powder that can form on the surface of your rails. This powder is a by-product of the oxidation process between aluminum and oxygen that results in aluminum’s anti-corrosive properties.
The fasteners on your railing should be checked once a year as a safety measure to ensure that they haven’t loosen over time.
Calgary's Best works with two great aluminum railings companies to provide you with the best quality on the market. Both of the companies are Canadian companies, who can work with us to help create the deck you've envisioned.
Innovative Aluminum Systems
Made right here in North America, Dec-Tec is a beautiful, premium vinyl that will elevate your outdoor space. Exceeding the suggested values for wet walkways, Dec-Tec is a high traction membrane with superior wear protection, providing safety and durability for your deck or patio. It’s also a fire-resistant membrane, with enhanced UV protection and is resistant against mold and mildew. Dec-Tec membranes are CGSB approved, meaning they’re certified for use over living spaces such as garages.
Dec-Tec is a single ply PVC membrane that utilizes a unique manufacturing method called spread coating. The PVC is spread directly through the fibreglass reinforcement, resulting in a single piece of membrane that carries no risk of delamination. At 76” wide, Dec-Tec membranes are one of the widest on the market, meaning less seams on your vinyl project.
A professional grade membrane, Dec-Tect compliments all their vinyl patterns with colour matching flashings and accessories, ensuring a seamless, unified look across your outdoor space. They offer coated sheet metal that coordinates with their membranes, as well as matching flashing, drip edge, and kickout.
Dec-Tec offers three lines- Classic, Natural, and Cool Step- with various patterns and features.
The Classic Line offers timeless, versatile patterns. It comes in both 60mm and 80mm thicknesses, with a 10 year and 20 year warranty respectively. The Classic Line is designed to be neutral and durable with four pattern options that will beautifully compliment your home.
Dec-Tec’s Natural line is one of our most popular options, with patterns that mimic natural building materials like wood and stone. All the beauty of a wooden deck without the worry of peeling, fading or rot! The Natural line comes in a 80mm thickness with a 20 year warranty.
Cool Step Line
Dec-Tec’s Coolstep Line features lighter pattern with a white base the offers increased solar reflectance, which makes it a preferred option in warmer climates or areas that receive plenty of sun.
Team Purple got up to some office spring cleaning this morning and decided it was the perfect opportunity to pass along some cleaning tips of our own to keep your vinyl deck looking beautiful all year long! Our vinyl membranes are designed to be as low-maintenance as possible, but the occasional bit of TLC will keep them looking spectacular for years for come.
Soap & Water
A little bit of warm water and mild soap is the simplest way to keep your vinyl deck looking great. Mild detergents like household dish soap or OxiClean Light are our recommended cleaners. Before you start, sweep or brush off your deck to loosen dirt and grime and clear away excess debris. Wet your deck down with your cleaning solution and give it a light scrub with a bristle broom or brush. Rinse well with your garden hose to full remove all detergent and let it dry!
While Dec-Tec and Deckrite membranes do not require intensive cleaning and maintenance, a pressure washer can be used for the occasional deep clean of your vinyl deck. When using a pressure washer use a mild detergent and set the washer to its lowest setting, using caution around seams, caulking, trim and rail attachments. Never use solvents on your vinyl decking.
Additional Tips & Tricks
DeckRite is one of the vinyl membrane manufacturers that Calgary Best’s supplies. Originating in Western Canada and currently manufactured in North America, DeckRite understands the needs of the Calgarian consumer. Their membranes are engineered to be durable and long lasting in the extreme ups and downs of Calgary’s climate. They can withstand the ice and snow of Calgary’s long winter as well as standing up to the dry hot heat of our summers.
DeckRite membranes are a 3-ply laminated membrane with a layer of polyester fabric encased between two vinyl films, with the top layer of film printed with DeckRite’s beautiful, versatile patterns. The fabric layer increases the stability, puncture strength, and tear resistance of the membrane, improving its durability.
We carry DeckRite in two colour lines, Premier and Platinum, meaning we'll have a colour and pattern perfect to compliment your home. Both colour lines are available in a 60mm thickness and are produced in 6ft wide, 300 ft long rolls cut to dealer requirements. The membranes are embossed with an anti-slip texture for the safest enjoyment of your deck.
DeckRite Platinum Series
DeckRite Premier Series
We are under our own renovations here at Calgary's Best to go along with our expanded offerings! There are new products and images appearing on every page of our new website, so take a look!
We now offer all types of decks and railings, from wood or composite, vinyl to liquid membrane, we can do it all. Just tell us what your dream space is and we'll create it!