Steel Balustrades & Why You Should Choose Steel

A well-made, beautifully constructed steel staircase can be an amazing addition to any home or commercial infrastructure. While there are many aspects to consider when choosing the right staircase for you, nothing is more important than choosing the most appropriate materials for ALL elements.

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What Is a Balustrade?

A baluster is one of the central components of a staircase. They are the vertical bars that connect the handrail and the tread. Singularly each bar is known as a baluster, but collectively the component is called a balustrade. In the past, balustrades were ornamental architectural elements of a space. They also are a core structural element of a staircase, and thus can be refined and simple, like in the example above.

Why Choose a Steel Balustrade?

Steel has many benefits that cover concerns regarding both design and functionality — it is truly the most versatile material you can build with. Let’s take a look at some the key perks of building a staircase with steel.

Strength — Steel has extremely high tensile strength. It is an extremely durable alloy, made up of strong materials that discourage dislocation at an atomic level. You can rely on the strength of steel for a lifetime.

Sustainability — Steel is one of the world’s most recycled materials, with a global recycling rate of over 60%. It can be melted down and re-fabricated an infinite amount of times without losing its structural integrity and is therefore highly sustainable.

Aesthetic — Trends in construction and architecture over the last half century have favoured steel more and more, and this is absolutely the case with staircases. Steel can be integrated easily into any space and pairs very well with many materials: glass, concrete, brick and wood.

Durability — Steel won’t rot, it isn’t combustible, and bugs have no appetite for it. Regardless of whether your staircase resides outdoors or in the main hallway of your home it in an excellent choice. High heat, extreme cold, gale force winds or torrential rain, you can count on steel.

Economical — In spite of its many perks, steel is actually very economical. Because building with steel takes considerably less time than building with other materials, it will save you money on labour hire. Steel will also last you a lifetime and will increase the value of your home.

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