A balcony greatly enhances the living experience in an apartment, especially in the summer. It provides an extended living space in which to relax and offers a wide range of opportunities for presenting your own taste to the outside world. Another side benefit is that it adds value to the apartment itself. So a balcony not only makes visual sense, but is also a profitable investment, especially if you choose stainless steel railings.
Which material should be used for balcony railings?
The main component of a balcony is the railings. In addition to the visual aspect, the main task of this component is to protect the owners from falling. The primary purpose of the railings is therefore to serve as protection and safety as opposed to being decorative. The choice of material should not be taken lightly. The weather conditions throughout the year place high demands on the railings. Choosing the wrong material can lead to a safety risk in the long term.
Environmental factors such as wet and cold place a high degree of stress on balcony railings. To withstand the effects, it is important to use the right materials. These not only have to be easy to care for, but also stable, durable and temperature-resistant.
Stainless steel railings for extra safety on the balcony
Balconies are mostly made of wood, reinforced concrete or metal. However, the above-mentioned requirements for railings make aluminum and stainless steel obvious choices. Both form a passive layer that can heal itself, thus protecting the material from corrosion.
However, stainless steel has a particular advantage over aluminum. Stainless steel railings made of V2A or V4A have higher strength properties than aluminum. This means that profiles made of stainless steel can be installed in smaller sizes without affecting stability. You can choose between thin round bars, round tubes and square profiles to build your dream railings.
Stainless steel railings made of V2A. Not only safe, but beautiful too.
Stainless steel railings look stunning. Whether polished, ground, square or round – this precious metal does not need to be additionally sealed. The surface of stainless steel does not tarnish. The protective layer of stainless steel is so thin that it is invisible to the eye. The white passive layer of aluminum may cause the material to appear milky. Therefore, aluminum profiles for outdoor use often come pre-painted.
Stainless steel railings combine well with other materials such as glass or wood. This creates an endless number of visual possibilities, limited only by your own imagination.
It’s no wonder that stainless steel made of V2A or V4A is often used for railings. These materials are also popular for terrace banisters and stair railings as well as for handrails in indoor and outdoor areas. They really make a great overall impression. They look great on any house facade, especially when they are sanded.
How do you clean and maintain stainless steel railings?
The stainless steel is extremely easy to clean. A simple detergent and cloth will suffice to bring the handrail back to life. Cleaning at four-monthly intervals is sufficient. If the dirt is a bit more stubborn, we recommend our blog post “Cleaning stainless steel”, which also provides some tricks using household detergents.
A little tip for grid polished stainless steel railings: Always clean the railing posts in the direction of the grinding marks. Otherwise, the railing will lose its matt appearance faster. When the time comes to give the matt look a freshen up, you can regrind the surface with a grinding fleece. Please make sure that you have not previously used the grinding fleece on steel or iron. The less noble material contaminates the stainless steel and even V2A stainless steel will usually start to rust.
What do you have to consider with balcony railings made of stainless steel?
Can you install stainless steel railings yourself? It is not prohibited, but railings are there for safety, not for looks. Railings should therefore be statically calculated so that they ideally comply with DIN 1055. This ensures that the load limits of the balcony are not exceeded. The height, installation method and stability of the railings are important here.
If the standards are not adhered to and a person comes to harm, this could result in legal consequences such as criminal prosecution. You should therefore consider leaving the railings to a specialist.
Buy stainless steel online at materials4me
Are you looking to install stainless steel railings or handrails made of V2A? We offer a variety of different profiles such as round bars, round tubing & box sections in stainless steel, which you can use for your balcony.