Rust can not only affect the appearance of metal railings, but also their structural integrity, posing a potential safety hazard to users. It isn’t just visible corrosion you need to watch out for. If appropriate preventive steps are not taken, rusting may even occur from the inside, seriously compromising the strength of the railings and causing[...]
Steel is an excellent choice of metal for balustrades, as it offers decent resistance to rust and tarnishing as well as an eye-catching appearance that is both sleek and contemporary. However, despite its weather resistant properties, steel is not totally free from corrosion, particularly if it is poorly maintained.
When you’re choosing balustrades, handrails, and railings for a project, there are many reasons why you may opt for one material over another. For example, you may prioritise appearance, durability, corrosion resistance, or cost, with the decision likely to be influenced by factors such as the location of the metalwork, the environmental[...]
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. This[...]
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.