11 Reasons to Choose Stainless Steel Handrails
Stainless steel handrails are an excellent addition to your home or business. There are many benefits of choosing stainless steel handrails which we will explore in this blog.
Stainless steel handrails are suitable for residential and commercial properties and it can be installed to enhance your staircase, balcony, deck, pool fence, mezzanine, pergola, outdoor kitchen and entertainment area and much more.
Complement the natural oils and modern paints in your home or business with a metallic stainless steel handrail. Despite the industrial look, stainless steel handrails are easy to install, fully customisable and require low maintenance. Our stainless steel handrails are fabricated in standard grade 304 and marine grade 316 stainless steel and it is available in various dimensions to suit your specification. We also stock the handrails and fittings in either a satin or mirror finish.
At Keble’s Trading, you can custom design your stainless steel handrail to meet your requirement. Forget straight lines, and enhance the look of your property with curves and bends. Whether you have a circular entertaining area or staircase, or a room with non-perpendicular angles, you can fabricate the perfect handrail to meet your requirements.
We stock handrail tubes in either a square, round, rectangular or slotted design. Depending on your design, our accompanying accessories can help you enhance the look and feel of your new handrail and make it a bold and striking feature in your property. With an extensive choice of finishes available, your selection will depend on your décor and surrounding features. These flexible and customisable options provide you with greater control over the look of your new stainless steel handrail in your property.
Here are 11 reasons why you should choose to install a stainless steel handrail in your next building or renovation project.
1. Easy to Install
Stainless steel handrail can be installed into various materials, such as masonry, wood and metal, provided appropriate fastening parts and the rights tools and equipment are used. At Keble’s Trading we also stock all the components you need to complete your stainless steel handrail project. We stock the following parts and accessories: tube bends, handrail brackets, connector fittings, posts and droppers, capping, joiners, base plates and covers, flanges, rail supports, rail guides etc.
Stainless steel’s strong and durable composition makes it easy to install because once fastened appropriately, it will stay in place for a long time. We recommend a professional who has the right tools, skills and experience to install your new stainless steel handrail. Make sure you follow any instructions or guidelines outlined in the building codes so you can design and maintain your new handrail effectively.
People enjoy customising their projects to suit their personality, needs and requirements. Customisation helps give the designer and fabricator flexibility and more choices with the options they can use in their plans. At Keble’s Trading, we show you available options for you to consider when installing a stainless steel handrail to your specification. Stainless steel handrails go well with glass, wood, masonry, concrete and rendered surfaces.
Our team can help you choose the right handrail, fittings and accessories to successfully complete your project that will be aesthetically appealing, but also functional and practical too. Our handrails are available in various sizes and you can choose from a square, round, rectangular or slotted tube design.
3. Sturdy and Durable
Stainless steel has a high tensile strength than other materials such as wood, plasterboard, masonry and concrete. It will not warp, fracture/split, crumble or bend over time. For example, unlike wood, stainless steel handrail does not have to be painted or oiled overtime to keep it resistant to environmental effects such as the sun and rain.
Stainless steel’s nickel content gives the material added durability and its tough characteristics making it ideal for stainless steel handrails staircases, balcony or verandas, dividers, fences and more.
Provided the handrail has been affixed and fastened to a sturdy, durable and reliable structure, the stainless steel handrail will serve its purpose for years to come. It will not rattle, or move or become unfixed. This makes stainless steel handrail a reliable fixture that will not get compromised under stress or strain provided it is installed correctly to the building standards.
4. Easy to Clean
Stainless steel is easy to clean because of its smooth surface. Unlike rough wood, cement, render or masonry, stainless steel has a smooth and even surface which makes cleaning easy. For example, dirt will not become lodged in cavities or stuck in between hairline cracks in render or masonry. Dirt, dust, cobwebs and other foreign particles can be removed easily and quickly from stainless steel handrail with a soft, non-abrasive and lint-free cloth or brush.
To clean stainless steel effectively, here are a few tips to consider:
- Use a damp cloth with normal kitchen soap.
- Avoid harsh abrasives and tough scrubbers because stainless steel can scratch easily.
- Avoid harsh chemicals.
- Clean the stainless steel regularly.
- Clean in the direction of the grain.
- Vinegar or lemon oil, used sparingly, is ideal.
5. Easy to Maintain
Stainless steel handrail is easy to maintain because it does not require any painting, oiling, sanding, regular dusting, frequent adjusting, fixing, etc. If installed correctly, and cleaned and maintained accordingly, it will last a lifetime. Since stainless steel handrail is resistant to most environmental elements (see below), this makes it easier to maintain. For example, stainless steel handrail will only require occasional adjustment to the fastening parts used to ensure it remains sturdy.
To maintain stainless steel effectively, here are a few tips to consider:
- Inspect the stainless steel handrail on a regular basis to identify any issues.
- Ensure there are no abnormal heavy loads resting against the handrail.
- Any loose screws or parts should be remedied immediately.
- Any foreign substances on the stainless steel handrail should be removed and cleaned immediately.
- Avoid being rough or harsh with the stainless steel handrail (i.e. do not use sharp objects against it).
6. Resistant to Most Environmental Elements
Stainless steel handrail will not peel, disintegrate, excessively warp, fade or tarnish. Provided you appropriately clean and maintain your stainless steel handrail, it should look like new all the time. This helps to keep the long-term cost of stainless steel handrail cleaning and maintenance down. Stainless steel is waterproof and it does not get affected from the sun’s harsh rays. It is also resistant to mould and algae blooms and is a hygienic surface that resists harmful parasites.
Whether you have a property located in the cool climate, hot climate, or the tropics, stainless steel handrail is versatile and will accommodate various environmental elements. Temperature fluctuations, extended cool or hot periods, constant rainfall, humid climates and more do not affect stainless steel. This makes stainless steel handrail the ideal choice in almost all common environments.
7. Suitable Indoors and Outdoors
Ideal in both indoor and outdoor locations, stainless steel handrail is a suitable addition that complements various decors. With its long-lasting and durable features, stainless steel handrail is ideal for internal staircases, mezzanines, corridors and more. Depending on the area, stainless steel handrail can be fabricated to suit different spaces. You can even powder coat the stainless steel if you would like to colour match the new handrail to the existing colour scheme.
A stainless steel handrail, although a stunning and exquisite feature, should also be practical and functional. If the residents require support in the property, a stainless steel handrail is a trusted fixture to help people move around the property. Although stainless steel handrail is hard, you can protect others against knocks and falls by wrapping soft absorbing cushions for added protection in the event of close contact. This will help you keep your children, elderly and pets safe around stainless steel handrail.
8. Stainless Steel Grade Options
We stock stainless steel handrails, fittings and accessories in either standard grade 304 or marine grade 316. Standard grade stainless steel is strong and durable and has excellent corrosion resistant properties. Marine grade stainless steel has added features to help make it resistant to pitting corrosion in chloride environments and “tea staining”. It is ideal for residential or commercial properties that are located closer to the seaside, or in humid and moist environments.
We stock both grades of stainless steel to give our customers choice. Both grades are priced reasonably and have been sourced from reputable manufacturers to gives our customers peace of mind when sourcing materials and components from us.
9. Safe and Secure
Stainless steel handrail is safe and secure. This makes it an ideal choice for home owners and business owners. It is a reliable material because, if installed properly, it will help people using it and keep people safe from the inside. It cannot easily be removed or knocked down and if installed with secure fastening parts, it can be difficult to remove. This makes it an ideal installation especially when you have children, pets and the elderly around. While stainless steel handrail alone will not prevent intruders from entering the property, it can act as a barricade to deter uninvited guests and pests.
To ensure your new stainless steel handrail is safe and secure, here are a few tips:
- Use secure fastening devices which require special tools to remove.
- Ensure the handrail is fastened appropriately.
- Complete the handrail with a balustrade, divider or fence to provide added durability.
- Do not compromise on appropriate and adequate parts and accessories.
10. Aesthetically Appealing
Stainless steel is the handrail material of choice of many people. Stainless steel complements wood, paint, carpet and other metallic finishes. It is sleek and modern and blends in well with the surrounding environment. Whatever colours you have in your home, stainless steel’s monochromatic look helps it to blend in with all environments. This makes it ideal for new home builders and renovators alike because the addition of a stunning stainless steel handrail does not require any additions or modifications to the property (it will fit in nicely). For those who appreciate the metallic overtones, stainless steel is cool on the eyes, simple and distinctive.
Stainless steel is a type of steel alloy fabricated from various metallic elements, predominantly iron, chromium and nickel. Its inherent features give it the benefits many people desire. It is long-lasting because it is composed of materials that do not dissolve, decay or disintegrate. It is suitable for application in various environments because it has properties which helps it resist corrosion.
Fabricated well, stainless steel is a set-and-forget fixture as its only requires installation once and regular, but not frequent, cleaning and maintenance. For stainless steel handrail, the cleaning and maintenance is not expensive, and it can be completed domestically without the need for a professional. However, you need to exercise your own judgement when you believe any maintained required should be undertaken by a qualified tradesperson.
If you are planning to install a handrail at your residential or commercial property, choose stainless steel handrail. It is durable, customisable and a long-lasting fixture that will elevate your property’s look and feel. At Keble’s Trading, we stock all the parts and tools you need to install stainless steel handrail to suit your requirements.
We are a local supplier founded over 30 years ago in Victoria. We source products from worldwide leading manufacturers to ensure you get the consistent quality you expect without the extravagant price tag. We can tailor our products to suit your needs. Visit a store close to you or call us on 1800 067 687.
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