Mayday! Mahoganey Railings Costing a Fortune to Maintain!
In 2003 we bought a house that had big deck (2000 sq ft) with beautiful, wide (10 inch), thick (2 inch), mahogany top railings of unknown age. We made the decision to match these with a series of smaller mahogany top and bottom rails at other locations around the outside the house. Seemed like a good idea at the time. Now, not so much. These have proven to be a nightmare to maintain. Every year we have been paying thousand of $ to have these mahogany rails sanded then (marine) varnished. We live on the ocean which obviously compounds the problem. At this point, I am ready to give up, and replace all railing with something, anything, that needs no maintenance. However, everything that I've looked at looks like cheap plastic, not even an attempt to copy the grain of wood. I'd love any suggestions for anything that might help.