Our history begins with a few simple thoughts shared by the owners of Seaside Builders who scribbled some “shop talk” on a napkin one day over lunch. A simple idea on how to contend with hard Jersey Shore weathering on their custom homes led to the formation of Railing Dynamics, Inc., the number one vinyl railing manufacturer in the US and the leading innovator of low-maintenance, easy to install, quality railing systems, porch post systems, and complete accessory lines.
In 1989 Andrew & Christopher Terrels became incorporated as Railing Dynamics, Inc., and launched their first patented railing system, Finyl Rail®, a custom manufactured non-corrosive, tubular structural vinyl railing. As the demand for their low-maintenance systems grew quickly, they began offering vinyl systems in pre-cut lengths and pre-packaged with all the components a customer needed included in one box. The resulting product, launched in 1999, was the Endurance® Original Rail system.
Raising the Bar
The Original Rail system offered easy to install, low-maintenance, boxed kits, and simple instructions. As the line continued to grow, RDI added ADA-compliant Hand Rail, newel and porch posts, post wraps, and several bracket and accessory choices for virtually any application.
In January 2008, with the changing economy in sight, RDI designed Titan Pro Rail®, an economical, low-maintenance ADA-compliant metal system. It is clad in vinyl with heavy duty cast aluminum brackets pre-attached to the steel posts for quick and easy installation. The classic design of the top rail profile meets the International Residential Code for stair railings, eliminating the need for a secondary hand rail.
As the demand for more material options increased, in 2011, RDI developed RDI Metal Works Excalibur® steel railing systems. RDI Metal Works features pre-assembled rail panels, hinged stair panels, and pre-attached level brackets to allow easy installation while ensuring code-compliance.
RDI had made its mark in the railing industry, and caught the attention of Barrette Outdoor Living, one of North America’s outdoor living giants. Like cultures and ideologies with a similar drive for innovation made RDI and Barrette a perfect match, and in December 31, 2012, RDI was acquired by Barrette.
We maintained our focus on innovation, meeting the needs of our customers and in 2013 we created Transform®, a resin based state-of-the-art system with water resistant Resalite® core that looks and feels like wood but contains no wood. An acrylic finish ensures maximum durability and provides an amazing alternative to wood rail and wood based composite railing.
And with the innovation of Decorative Screen Panels in 2017, RDI now provides a vast portfolio of fashionable railing solutions and underdeck options as well.