What You Need to Know About Stainless Steel Balustrades
When you hear of stainless steel balustrades, stainless steel only covers some of the components like handrails, fixtures (anchors, screws, bolts, nuts, etc.), wires, poles/posts, etc. It is important to understand this because most of the individuals who choose stainless steel balustrades combine it with glass. Glass is placed between stainless steel poles/posts and is anchored with stainless steel anchors, screws, nuts and bolts.
Stainless steel balustrades can be used in all locations you might require balustrades. The most common are balconies, staircases and swimming pool areas. This article helps you understand why stainless steel is preferred.
Stainless steel is waterproof, meaning you won't experience rusting. This is what is usually referred to as corrosion resistance – the ability of a metal to withstand damage caused by oxidisation or chemical reactions. Rusting occurs when moisture and oxygen are present; it may affect steel but not stainless steel because a layer of chromium is added to steel when creating stainless steel.
Stainless steel is great because it does not dent easily. It shows you that it is a strong and durable material that offers maximum stability. You can be sure that your balustrade can stand tall for the longest time possible and break a fall without worrying that it might come apart.
If you choose to have a mixture of glass and stainless steel balustrades, ensure that you use thick and strong glass and reinforce it with a stainless steel handrail to prevent you or other people from leaning on the glass.
Stainless steel is easy to maintain and clean, and that is why it is considered hygienic. You only need to wipe it with a clean cloth and maybe some soap and water or a disinfectant. It does not attract a lot of dirt, maybe some dust and dirt from people's hand as they hold on to the stainless steel handrail for support; dust and dirt can easily be wiped off.
The good thing about stainless steel is that it matches the aesthetics of any space. You can even let it remain unfinished (the shiny, silverish colour); in this state, it matches with almost all aesthetics. You can also have it finished in any colour or pattern you want, including a timber-like finish.
What About Aluminium Balustrades?
When in the market for stainless steel balustrades, you might come across aluminium balustrades. These match the qualities of stainless steel balustrades, but they are not as impact resistant as stainless steel.