CommunityIn Salty Air, Is a Synthetic Porch Railing Better Than Wood?

In Salty Air, Is a Synthetic Porch Railing Better Than Wood?

I have an oceanfront home. My porch rail is made from wood that isn't holding up well. Should I replace it with wood, or a railing made of another material? The floor is concrete.

The Money Pit Answer
Considering the humidity and moisture, I recommend a synthetic material for your next railing.  There are a lot of synthetic choices out there. Look at Azek, Timber Tech, Fiberon, and Fypon. Wood is organic and its enemy is moisture.  It's absorbent and soaks that moisture in, which then gets under the paint and finish and lifts it off.  A synthetic railing makes much more sense.  Good luck!