Stainless steel handrails are considered the industry gold standard for protective structures, with a range of advantages which make it superior to its rivals. These advantages permeate the material to the molecular level, introducing new strengths and capabilities which make stainless steel systems the best choice for keeping your workforce and visitors safe.

But what are these advantages? What makes a stainless steel handrail so effective?

Strength

Stainless steel is a particularly strong material, capable of dealing with comparatively large forces without buckling or breaking. Used to make motorway barriers, streetlights and other powerfully sturdy structures, this hardy metal lends itself naturally to use as a handrail system. Stainless steel handrails are more than capable of supporting your workforce and the public and protecting them from harm, whether that is by steadying them or physically barring them from falling.

Versatility

Stainless steel handrail systems have two advantages when it comes to versatility – immense strength when cold, and excellent malleability in a forge. Able to be shaped in any way the job requires, the steel can be made to fit any premises or application, and once it cools down to ordinary temperatures, enormous forces are required to deform it.

This allows bespoke handrail systems to fit any use, matching your requirements perfectly and resulting in better safety and security across the board.

Durability

Stainless steel is a hardy, tough material, commonly used in marine applications, industrial applications and other uses where durability is paramount. As a key structural component of many metal installations, and particularly as a component of stainless handrail systems, stainless steel has the durability to last through whatever you need. This durability is partially a function of its strength, discussed above, and partially due to its corrosion-resistance, discussed below.

Corrosion-Resistance

Stainless steel is made by combining high-quality steel with pure chromium, creating an alloy. The chromium provides the steel with an impressive resistance to corrosion, proofing it against rain and caustic environments – like marine environments, which are so often completely destructive to unprotected steel. The advantage of this form of corrosion resistance, unlike that offered by galvanisation or painting, is that a scratch or other damage will not cause a breach in protection – the material is corrosion-resistant throughout its entirety, rather than simply on the surface.

Cost-effectiveness

Thanks to corrosion-resistance, durability and long lifespan, stainless steel is a particularly cost-effective material for use in handrail systems. Once an investment in stainless steel handrails has been made, this hardy material will stand up to the elements and the test of time, and will not need to be replaced as quickly as alternative materials.

Aesthetic

Stainless steel handrails aren’t just effective, strong, durable, corrosion-resistant and cost-effective protection – they look great, too. Part of a clean, attractive aesthetic, stainless steel is easy to clean and maintain, fits in with any colour scheme and keeps everything looking great.

For more information on stainless handrail systems, call Guardrail Engineering today on 01902871208 or visit their website, linked in this blog post!