Trinity Steel specialise in high end architectural handrails and balustrades. Our products are highly visible and intended to grace a project as well as perform a useful purpose. It is therefore imperative that we use the best possible materials to achieve our customers demanding requirements. As such, we advise that our client’s needs are often best served by the use of stainless steel, anodised aluminium and glass which make up most of our products rather than mild steel-whatever the finish-for reasons of durability and appearance.
Increasingly, street furniture such as bollards and benches are being manufactured in stainless steel instead of galvanised, painted or powdercoated finishes. One reason for this is due to the number of accelerants of corrosion in everyday life; road salt, household chemicals, weedkiller, dog urine and atmospheric pollutants to name a few.
Stainless steel is strong enough to be used in handrails and balustrades and will exceed the life span of many other materials. It possesses an inherent resistance to corrosion and comes in varying grades for differing applications. Because stainless steel contains chromium, it oxidises on contact with air and forms a ‘passive layer’ which protects the underlying steel. If chipped or damaged, it simply reforms. Anodised aluminium has the same durable properties and glass can be specified in varying thicknesses and finishes to give hard-wearing, strong balustrading suitable for the most demanding environments and safety standards-including 3Kn loadings.
Moreover, in situations of abuse such as vandalism, graffiti and fire damage, stainless steel is hard wearing and easily repaired compared to other finishes.
Stainless steel is an attractive material and can be polished to achieve different finishes, ranging from satin finish to mirror polished. Combined with glass or aluminium it gives a striking, modern look and opens up sight lines to create space and freedom. The transparency of glass and strength of aircraft grade aluminium blend to give unparalleled, high design.
But what about affordability? Sometimes architects, contractors and clients assume that the cost of stainless steel and glass designs will greatly exceed that of mild steel. Whilst it is true that our base materials are more expensive, the additional time and costs of; shotblasting, galvanising, fettling and powdercoating mild steel can make our modular systems surprisingly cost-effective.
A second consideration with regard to cost is the modularity of our designs. By nature many of our systems are prefabricated off-site giving the added benefits of reduced trades on site, less waste, little or no hot works and factory controlled finishes.
Trinity Steel can provide guidance on costs, so why not consider our designs to give your project the ‘wow’ factor.