We've worked hard to ensure the quality of the Rail-EZ stays, as Andrew would say at "Machinist's Standard"
The Rail-EZ is completely CNC machined from solid high quality aluminum alloywhich is then anodized for even more corrosion resistance and a quality finish.
All components, spring pins, screws and hardware are made from corrosion resistant 316 stainless steel making the whole system durable and weather resistant and will last for MANY for year to come!
That being said, you should not leave your patio umbrella up in high winds with traditional patio umbrella stands, and we suggest the same with the Rail-EZ.
Bit of a nerdy fact: OSHA Safety requirements state that a railing must be able to withstand at least 200 pounds of force applied in a downward or outward direction within 2 inches of the top edge at any point along the top railing, the moral of the story is a standard railing built to spec can take a LOT of pressure!
We know some backyard railings may not meet OSHA standards, that is why we suggest the option of using it in the "extended" configuration, however, any DIY railing products that you buy from mass hardware stores would meet OSHA standards.