Steel is a great choice for outdoor railings of all kinds. Architectural steel has superior strength which guarantees reliable performance and is a material which lends itself to a variety of aesthetic approaches. Furthermore, the durability of steel makes it an extremely cost-effective option over the medium and longer-term.
Handrails are primarily a critical safety feature, a way for people to move safely up and down flights of stairs or steps, particularly in cold or wet weather when the surface under their feet may be slippery.
Handrail manufacturing is governed by health and safety legislation with regulations defining aspects such as their position and height.[...]
Regardless of whether stainless steel is for commercial or domestic use, in decorative or structural elements, the surface finish is a critical component.
A grained, or brushed, finish is achieved by creating parallel lines of rough ‘grains’ on a stainless steel surface, in one direction only. The grain makes the surface less susceptible to[...]
Computer-aided design (CAD) has revolutionised the bespoke metal fabrication industry. Designers and engineers need no longer rely on technical drawings – precisely, but painstakingly, created by hand – to turn their customer’s bespoke metalwork designs into reality. They can turn, instead, to fast, versatile and sophisticated CAD software.[...]
At GLW Engineering, we frequently recommend stainless steel for use in staircase guardrails, handrails, and cladding supports. Here are five of our strongest arguments for having your next staircase safety handrail made out of stainless steel.
Railings have an important role to play in the safety of users, so they’re governed by a diverse range of regulations. In contrast with handrails, which are used for support, railings act as boundaries and barriers that prevent falling. As such, there are no strict limitations on their materials, but they must be able to handle a point load of[...]
Your railings and handrails must do more than merely offer support and protection. They must survive rough weather, compliment your architecture, and keep looking good with minimal maintenance. Every metal satisfies these goals in unique ways, allowing project managers to find the precise properties they need from their railing systems.
Whether to navigate traffic or provide security, steel barriers are a valuable addition to many public and commercial spaces. Their close cousin – the security gate – is equally important. When fabricating this type of installation, there are a few important dos and don’ts. Let’s take a look.
Horizontal cable railings are a trendy option that’s enjoying a comeback as an alternative to metal, wood or glass barriers in residential and commercial properties. Cable railings are horizontal, twisted wire ropes attached to vertical posts made of metal or wood, with a top guard rail for safety and support.
January and February have been a busy month for our teams. We’ve been working up a sweat taking on tough projects from many clients and bringing them to life. Let’s take a look at what we’ve achieved this month and the skills we’ve successfully honed.