Safety and durability of aluminum vs. wrought iron railing?
Are there any safety issues with Aluminum railing vs. wrought iron / stainless steel (are those different)?
Our landscape architect's deck guy had said that the one Aluminum railing he'd built had flex in it that a steel one wouldn't. So, "to keep us safe", the architect is recommending the wrought iron one for the stairs and landing going up to our front door.
What's the real story?
I do like the more modern look of powder-coated metal.
And I'm also drawn to aluminum rather than a metal that'll eventually rust, flake, and have to be stripped and repainted. (besides which, the estimate was $1,000 more for wrought iron).
PS. Will powder-coating be enough, or should we be spec'ing something like anodized aluminum underneath, or another coating? I have been assuming the powder-coating is more durable, but we do have a rainy season here in N. California. (At least that's the rumor; not much evidence of a rainy season in the last 4 years).