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Types Of Railings & Handrails

Railings: come in a multitude of applications, styles and sizes. They can serve as a simple decoration or act as security barriers to prevent unauthorised access. Railings can also take the form of safety aids, such as guardrails on balconies.

Infills: increasingly, safety glass is used as infill panels and in some cases, structural glass forms the barrier itself. Other popular options include horizontal mid-rails, vertical rails, stainless-steel tension wiresor perforated panels.

Handrails: invariably an aid to assist ascending and descending a stairway, ramp or walkway. They can be stairway handrails, circular handrails, straight handrails or combinations in a run. They can be attached to a wall or embedded in the ground as a freestanding aid.

Materials: The most common metals used for railings and handrails are:

  • Stainless Steel

  • Mild steel

  • Galvanised steel

  • Aluminium

  • Brass

Popular finishes are typically stainless-steel, powder-coated, or galvanized.

The Fabrication Process

It takes a high level of skill to consistently fabricate high-quality hand rails and railings. Our project engineer will carefully review the technical drawings and ensure that all standards and guidance are being met.

The majority of railings and handrail orders require tubular steel of one type or another - typically 40mm or 50mm, which offers high tensile strength and load-bearing characteristics.

The appropriate lengths of material are drawn from stock and the fabrication process begins with measuring off the lengths required for cutting. A typical production process runs as follows:

  • Marking and measurement

  • Straightening if required

  • Cutting the required lengths

  • Punching

  • Bending for angled sections

  • Stamping

  • Notching

  • Welding of vertical or horizontal mid required – galvanization in our in-house facility

  • Assembly of sections

  • If required – powder-coating in our in-house facility

  • If we are installing:

    • Transport to site

    • Installation in-situ

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