Stainless steel balustrades are railings and posts made of stainless steel that are used to construct a kind of fence on the edges of balconies, staircases, swimming pools and so on. These fences mainly prevent people from falling from high up or into things like swimming pools. Stainless steel balustrades may also include stainless steel fittings, wires or tubes.
Depending on the materials you choose for your balustrades, you might not require some of these stainless steel balustrade components. For example, if you choose glass balustrades, you may require stainless steel railings, posts, fittings and even tubes. What you might not require is stainless steel wire because glass takes its place.
Why Choose Stainless Steel Over Other Materials?
Stainless steel is durable, requires little maintenance, is cheaper, has high aesthetic value, is strong and is sustainable.
Stainless steel is manufactured to resist wear and tear, corrosion and impacts, which means it serves you for a long time. It also means that maintenance is minimal; you don't have to do anything special to it, such as applying certain compounds to increase its lifespan. Stainless steel is also considered to be hygienic because cleaning it is easy and quick.
As for sustainability, stainless steel is made from recycled materials, meaning that you don't have to deplete any resource to have it manufactured; resource use is minimised. The fact that stainless steel serves you for a long time also contributes to its sustainability value. Additionally, since stainless steel is made from recycled materials and is resistant to almost all kinds of environmental factors, it is both cheap to buy and use.
What Is Wrong with Timber?
Nothing is wrong with timber, but it requires more maintenance and is expensive. Additionally, you might find that timber might be better used indoors than outdoors to reduce costs and maintenance. Timber might also not be as wear-resistant as stainless steel.
If you find that you can afford timber and cater to its needs, you can use it for posts and railings on your balconies and staircases. However, for the fittings, use stainless steel. Try to avoid using timber in wet areas, such as around swimming pools; instead, use glass and stainless steel balustrades.
It is important to note that you may come across different shapes for posts and railings. Choose the shape that you find most aesthetically pleasing and that works best for your needs.