A Handrail is a structural element that gets exposed to many environmental parameters. Anyway, indoor handrails don’t get exposed to any of those. In the construction industry, we categorize the uses of structural components as indoor and outdoor ones. So, moisture and humidity are the only factors that would affect those indoor structural elements. Still, water can get into those indoor components under a few circumstances. How would rainfall, moisture, pest attacks, wildlife attack, and humidity affect the Handrail is what we discuss in detail today; let’s get to it!
Corrosion is the prime deterioration mode of metallic structural elements of the construction industry. What causes corrosion? Well, we can highlight many causes here. Rainfall, moisture, high humidity levels are the primes ones to highlight here. And, the continuous breeze from the sea can speed up the deterioration of a metallic Handrail. Salts and minerals in the sea breeze are top damage-causing factors on metals. We don’t even discuss wooden handrails here. Our previous articles also have explained that wooden products aren’t suitable for any outdoor application. What makes a Handrail resistance to corrosion? First of all, the metal used is the factor to consider. “It is a metallic product, but it is getting corroded.” We hear this from many homeowners today. A structural component is a metal product doesn’t necessarily mean that it will serve you for many decades. Metal quality is also a fact to consider here. And, that is why you should by the Handrail from a reputable supplier in your city.
What are ideal metal options for outdoor structural components? Stainless steel, copper, brass, and galvanized steel are ideal ones. But, copper and brass are less suitable to use for large-scale products when considering the high price. Stainless steel and galvanized steel are pretty affordable metal options for handrails. Again, stainless steel and galvanized steel get categorized according to the metal grade; you should make sure that the manufacturer has used quality metals for their products. Stainless steel and galvanized steel don’t necessarily mean that those handrails will withstand environmental factors. Other than corrosion, pest attacks & wildlife attacks are other damages causes here. But, none of these can, in reality, cause damages to metallic products. Anyway, urine of wildlife can act as an agent that speeds up metal corrosion.
Modern handrails come with other materials as well; for example, glass panels, balustrade panels, metal meshes, and so on. Metals components should be either stainless steel or galvanized steel ones. Or, the components of the Handrail could be even brass and copper ones. Glass is a material that doesn’t get corroded. But, wildlife attacks can damage those. How about strong winds? If you live next to the sea; the chance that strong winds cause damages to glass panels is pretty high. Also, metal sheets can get bent due to harsh winds. So, we recommend that you choose handrails that come with metal meshes for such areas. As you know, a mesh won’t hold winds; those meshes let the wind blow through them. Causing damages during the installation process is a mistake made by homeowners. Even stainless steel can get deteriorated due to scratches and dents. Our previous articles have explained the difficulty of installing a Handrail yourself; you will benefit from reading those articles a well!