WHY DO WE NEED HANDRAILS?
Handrails are a crucial component of safe design. Design lives in the details and handrail detailing is a hallmark of a well-designed space. Properly detailed handrails uplift the aesthetic quality of the space. Visually, handrails offer comfort to users when they convey safety and strength. Handrails are tactile. How a handrail feels under your grip, will determine how you experience that space, how views are framed and how open or well enclosed the space is.
Handrails are installed whenever there is a risk that someone might fall. They are most commonly seen in staircases and balconies. When they are installed in wet and slippery areas such as bathrooms, they are called grab-rails. Grabrails must assist in balancing and protect against falls in wet areas.
Needless to say, Australian handrails have to comply with Australian Standards, National Construction Code and Building Code of Australia. These standards regulate and specify how handrails are classified, how design loads are nominated based on location and use of the handrail, and how construction must perform against nominated design loads. The standards also guide you on design geometry and relative positioning of hand rails.
STAINLESS STEEL HANDRAIL APPLICATIONS
Choosing the right material for your handrail is key. Heritage and traditional designs lean towards wood and stone. However, most contemporary designs lean towards a clean, shiny and smooth aesthetic. If your design needs are such, then stainless steel is the right choice for you.
Nothing says ‘strong and durable’, quite like stainless steel. From a building/construction point of view, stainless steel handrails are easily fixed onto many types of balustrades. From a maintenance point of view, stainless steel doesn’t rot, splinter or corrode. In the long run it is an easy, stress-free option.
Stainless steel handrails look good in both indoor and outdoors settings. They are also suitable for all kinds of applications such as residential, commercial, aged-care, assisted-living, retail and/or industrial buildings.
Qualities of stainless steel make it an ideal choice for river-side and coastal settings. Stainless steel can withstand extremes in temperature, moisture in air and salinity in atmosphere. That is why, 316 grade stainless steel handrails and grab rails are commonly seen on boats, marinas and jetties, apart from buildings.
PAIGE STAINLESS STEEL HANDRAILS
Paige Stainless has been manufacturing custom designed handrails for clients since 1993. We have demonstrated our commitment to quality in design and construction since our inception. We also custom fabricate Heelguard stairs, balcony drains and grates for wet areas. When our handrails are paired along with our other products, the end-result is a sleek and coordinated finish. A must have for any high quality design today!