Stainless steel railings are available in many shapes and sizes. The most common designs are square and round. While each style provides a modern twist they each offer their own individual characteristics. Square tubes are typically known as a very contemporary design, while round tubes are considered for a wider selection of applications.
A unique design can be achieved by paring a round post with a square top rail and vice versa. Mixing and matching post and top rail combinations coupled with various infill options provides consumers with a wide variety of choices when choosing a stainless steel railing system for their home, office, or business.
Glass infill is a great option for maintaining a seamless look on an outdoor deck, balcony, or overlook. Glass railing will create an invisible barrier that won’t obscure a phenomenal view. Glass is available in many different shades, thicknesses, and even patterns. Glass and stainless steel railings do not require a top rail but it is possible to mount one with post mounted handrail brackets. A top rail on a glass railing system frames the glass panels and offers a nice finished look.
Glass panels can often be expensive depending on which type of glass is used. A more cost effective option is cable or wire infill. Cable systems are very easy to install and need little attention over time. After the initial installation the cables may need to be re-tensioned after they have had time to settle. Beyond a quick re-tensioning they are very care free. Whereas glass panels require regular cleaning in order to maintain the seamless clear view.
Another option is the bar system railing. The bar systems offer a very unique aesthetic. The bars can only be used with square posts because the fittings required to mount the bars are square and flat. Because of the requisite square posts the bar system is a very contemporary design that is suited to very specific buildings and layouts. A round top rail may be added for a contrasting design.
Stainless steel railing is a great application for exterior surfaces as well. There are two grades of stainless that are commonly used in stainless steel railing, 304 and 316. 316 stainless has a higher corrosion resistance ratting. Typically, 316 steel is recommended for any application that is within five miles of saltwater. 304 stainless is acceptable for all other exterior and indoor uses.