Metal Railing Ideas
Railings by definition are a guarding to protect an ascending or descending person from falling or used for blocking a structure from access. The term railing is often widely used to describe a whole range of products including handrails, fencing, balustrades and bannisters.
When looking for your metal railing ideas, it is often a good place to start by understanding what is generally meant by each element of their construction. Any good fabrication company should be able to produce a wide range of metal railing designs and features in order to offer a bespoke solution tailored to your own requirement.
Railings specifically used on stairs aka balustrades are often composed of three main elements:
Newels – The upright supporting posts, giving the structure its rigidity.
Balusters / Spindles – The vertical infill bars to prevent falling and reduce gaps in the railing system.
Handrail / Bannisters – The rail gripped by hand for safe access and egress.
When choosing a metal railing design, whether for a front porch, Juliet balcony, exterior or interior staircase or as a balustrade system, your prime concern should always be safety, strength and integrity of construction – ultimately that’s what a railing system is for. The visual appearance is of course of great importance too, but constructing a railing system around the key building regulations should be the starting point.
The word railing usually conjures up an image in our minds of traditional, black ornate designs and railing ideas however a range of other products and materials can be used within a metal guarding design from toughened glass to timber and stainless steel. Glass balustrade systems allow light transfer through the infill panel and create a modern, attractive appearance whilst retaining strength and integrity…..whereas a full timber panel would increase privacy and security in a more functional design.
Stainless steel railings are perhaps one of the most reliable and durable systems available, being able to withstand high loadings and offer excellent corrosion resistance. Stainless steel railings harmoniously blend modern, high-tech and minimalist designs and can be matched perfectly to most interior applications and external projects.