Stainless Steel Balustrade

Our stainless steel balustrade is the perfect choice for high-end aesthetics, combining the natural sheen and material quality of stainless steel with precision-engineered detail for a truly luxurious appearance. All balustrade is available with our Lifetime Guarantee.

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Cast components in stainless steel are hand finished and satin polished for an immaculate visual appearance.

Clean, sharp intersection lines are created by true unidirectional polishing. Like all Spectrum systems, its modular system offers the versatility to meet virtually any design requirement, no matter how complex. Balustrade is engineered to close tolerances, with quality formed bends eliminating the need for unsightly mitred joints. Component parts are mechanically secured with concealed fixings, requiring no welding and ensuring rapid assembly on site (all fixings are supplied). You can also opt to combine our stainless steel balustrade with our aluminium balustrade as part of our Duplex system.

Handrail and balustrades - key performance information

  • High grade 316 & 304 cast components(typically grade 316 for external use and 304 for dry internal use).
  • Handrail balustrades manufactured in accordance with BS 6180:2011.
  • Balustrades can be designed to suit the following Kn/m loadings: 0.36, 0.74,1.5, 3.0.
  • Infills and stanchions are selected to suit site requirements, environment and loadings
  • Stanchions

    Toprails & Handrails

    Infills

    WHAT IS STAINLESS STEEL?

    Stainless steel is an excellent choice of material in the specification of a handrail and balustrades, but it’s important to consider a number of factors to make sure you maximise its performance and aesthetic appeal.

    Stainless steel is a group of corrosion resistant steel alloys which by definition comprise a minimum of 10.5% chromium. The chromium reacts with oxygen to produce an oxide film on the surface which provides corrosion resistance. Unlike coatings such as paint or galvanising, this passive film re-forms if it is damaged by abrasion, thereby continuing to protect the metal.

    THE ADVANTAGES OF STAINLESS STEEL BALUSTRADE

    Corrosion resistance is not the only advantage gained by using stainless steel balustrade. It also offers the following attributes:

    Resistance to fire and heat with the ability to resist scaling and retain strength at high temperatures.

    Metallic sheen provides high aesthetic quality.

    Strong and extremely hard wearing (no ongoing maintenance required) for life-cycle costing benefits.

    Easily fabricated with mechanical properties (including elongation and work hardening) which can be used in forming applications to meet complex design requirements.

    Resistance to unsightly staining and easy to clean.

    SURFACE FINISHING FOR STAINLESS STEEL BALUSTRADE

    Stainless steel balustrade is known for the quality of its finish, making it a popular specification for high-end projects. However, the roughness of the finish can vary and determines the long-term performance of stainless steel. Most ‘dull’ polished finishes result in surface roughness, depending on the type of belt/pad and polishing grit applied. Coarse polished finishes are prone to grooves which accumulate chloride ions that damage the passive film, reducing resistance to corrosion. Neaco offer ‘satin polished’ finishes which are better for corrosion resistance and infuse the stainless steel with an elegant shine. Unidirectional polishing can further improve the visual appeal of the finish.

    A stainless steel handrail and balustrades with a satin polished finish

    SUITABLE GRADES FOR STAINLESS STEEL BALUSTRADE

    Certain grades of stainless steel balustrade are used in the built environment. Grade 304 is used when you need a handrail and balustrades in dry internal environments. Grade 316 (regarded as the standard ‘marine grade stainless steel’) is used when you need a handrail and balustrades for external environments, which require greater corrosion resistance.

    Grade 304 stainless steel balustrades

    Grade 316 stainless steel balustrades

    CONSTRUCTION AND INSTALLATION

    The construction of stainless steel balustrade is carried out by one of two methods: on-site fabrication or modular components which are manufactured off-site and assembled on-site. Fabrication often involves hot works such as welding which consume more energy and create more mess. It also leaves weld seams which are generally removed by grinding, a process which can affect the quality of the finish and lead to the associated problems outlined above. By contrast, modular systems - with off-site manufacture in factory conditions - offer a range of advantages which we outline here.

    When using modular systems, it is important to consider the material and type of fixings which are used to connect and assemble the components. If a bolt, screw or other fastener is a different type of metallic material to the handrail and balustrades, this can cause galvanised corrosion accelerating the deterioration of the less noble material. This often results in unsightly rust-coloured leakage around the fixing/fastener.

    Some modular systems are connected internally – for example, using ferrules – which obviates the issues caused by galvanised corrosion, as well as providing a smoother finish to the touch on handrails.

    Modular systems with internal connecting fixtures provide a smoother, cleaner finish

    MATERIAL COSTS

    Stainless steel is more expensive than most of the other materials and metals commonly used for handrails and balustrade. However, savings can be achieved by combining it with less expensive components – for example, rather than use stainless steel rail infills, you could opt for glass panels or tension wire instead. Alternatively, you could combine stainless steel with powder coated aluminium – the coating prevents galvanised corrosion and provides a warm-to-the-touch finish with low thermal conductivity.

    For further information about the design and specification of stainless steel balustrade please contact our team of technical experts on 01653 695 721 or enquire here