Q: What are the key benefits of an aluminum railing system over traditional wood railings?

Aluminum railings will not rot or blister with age. A poorly maintained wood railing will eventually rot, may become infested with termites, and may blister causing personal injury.

A properly baked on finish will ensure your aluminum railing will be truly maintenance free and offer years of enjoyment. Traditional wood railings require annual maintenance which is both time consuming and costly.

Q: What are the key benefits of an aluminum railing system over vinyl railings?

Due to its structural characteristics, Aluminum railings offer smaller, lower profiles which minimize congestion on your porch or balcony. Vinyl railings are traditionally much larger in profile and reinforced with steel in order to compensate for their inferior structural short-comings.

Aluminum railings are available in an endless number of low-gloss, semi-gloss and high-gloss colors and finishes. Wood grain finishes are also available as a specialty item. Most vinyl designs are available in a limited number of colors.

Aluminum is much more difficult to scratch, gouge, or dent. Vinyl railings have a tendency to scratch much easier and may be more subjective to damage in high wind areas with blowing debris such as sand.

Q: Why choose the ETP Alum-Guard Railing System over all other aluminum railing systems?

ETP has over 30 years experience in the railing industry. Our product line offers an unlimited combination of options between 5 handrails, 7 standard colors, 9 styles of spindles/pickets and several post sizes and column options.

Our attention to detail and customer service is key. When dealing with your order, you will speak directly with personnel who are directly involved in the production of your order.

Q: Why choose an ETP aluminum Pergola?

ETP manufactures a very high grade Pergola. The thickness of the aluminum is unsurpassed with no visible screws and hollow beams to allow room for wiring for lighting, fans, etc. Some individuals also install water mist vents to cool off on those hot summer days.

Q: Why choose ETP aluminum Decking?

For starters, it is the perfect complement to your low maintenance aluminum railing from ETP Metals. Aluminum decking does not splinter, and offers a waterproof barrier for potential storage underneath the deck. ETP aluminum Decking is offered in a variety of appealing colors as well as wood grain finishes for those who enjoy the look of traditional wood decks but with the reliability and durability of aluminum.

Q: Do you offer installation instructions for your products?

Yes, we do offer installation instructions.

Q: Do you offer installation services for your products?

As we are a manufacturer and distributor of our products, we can refer you to any of our many qualified dealers/installers. Having said, for certain custom applications where our expertise is required, we may at times become involved in the installation process. This is rarely the case as our dealer network is very knowledgeable and capable of handling virtually any job.

Q: Which public events do you collaborate with to showcase your products?

We actually have a public booth every year at the National Home Show at the Direct Energy Centre in Toronto! We have present a set of knowledgeable staff as well as displays of our products to cater to general customer questions as well as dealer opportunities.

Q: What is the typical turnaround time for an order?

The turnaround time for an order depends on the size of the order, the customization of an order as well as the time frame that the order is placed. A typical residential order has a turnaround time of approximately 5-10 business days.

Q: Are you limited to working with only residential projects?

Absolutely not. Our work can also be seen in commercial buildings from small condos to plazas. Inquiries regarding having our products installed in commercial locations are just a phone call away.

Q: Are your aluminum columns load bearing?

Yes. All our columns are load bearing and capable of holding loads. We can provide the load criteria for our columns as a point of reference. Ultimately, a qualified individual capable of calculating the load requirements will determine which of our columns will best suit your applications. We have a variety of sizes, from 3″, 4″, 5″, 6″, 7″, 8″ Square as well as an 8″ Octagonal column.

Q: Do you manufacture restaurant railing enclosures?

Yes we do! You can see our products at popular franchise locations with outdoor patios around Ontario.

Q: Do you work with architects and designers?

Yes we do. We are capable of custom fabrication and will work with you to create your vision.