Stainless steel handrail shapes available Vs Aluminium Handrail shapes.

Published: 02nd July 2009
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When choosing a handrail or balustrade system for a deck, stairs, Juliet balcony or a regular walk-on balcony, the shape of the hand rail can play a crucial part in your choice.



The standard shapes out there are mostly circular sections of varying diameters, starting from 40mm which is comfortable for holding onto on a stair railing, going up in diameter to 55mm-70mm.



The more interesting shapes out there are more intricate and include elliptical shapes of varying sizes and rectangular or square shapes.



Stainless steel handrail shapes are very limited, due to the extremely expensive tooling require to extrude or roll form these shapes the market tends to follow what is existent and very little room is available for architects to influence the shapes of the handrails. Many times architects will choose a stainless steel balustrade system or a stainless steel balcony and will want to have a "special" shape for their project, they will soon find the cost of this to be inhibitive, aswell as in many cases unavailable to be done at all.



This is not the case however with aluminum handrails and railings. Infact as opposed to stainless steel balustrades, with aluminium railings the ability to influence the shape by the architects on the project is making these systems the preferred solution. Infact on a recent project I visited, a project in the Docklands in London, I found that the company that made the glass balconies allowed the architects to create three separate handrail shapes for three different areas on the project. One of the handrail was 120mm wide.



There is also a finish out there called "Royal Chrome" which looks virtually like stainless steel but it is actually a special finish on the aluminium and there fore still allows the flexibility of shapes that the aluminium railing systems allow.



In summary stainless steel handrails are more limited in the availability of shapes, whereas aluminium handrail systems allow an inexhaustible possibility of shapes.



About the author:



Robert Ashpole is a freelance author and has vast knowledge in glass balcony and juliette balconies structure. For more she suggests you to visit: http://www.balconette.co.uk/.




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