stainless steel handrails

Are Stainless Steel Handrails a Good Option For Outdoor Glass Balustrades?

Glass balustrades can be a stunning addition to your property and these features are suitable for indoor as well as outdoor applications. Today there are a large number of glass balustrading systems to choose from and you can get framed, semi-framed or frameless glass balustrades installed.

Factors to take into account

In addition to the framing fixtures, you would also have to decide which handrail materials have to be used. In fact, it’s important that the handrails be chosen with case as these features will be touched more often than the glass panes will. Some of the vital factors to take into account when deciding which stainless steel balustrades and stainless steel railings to use include:


This is with reference to corrosion resistance and is a very relevant aspect as outdoor balustrades are exposed to the elements and you need to choose materials that are corrosion-resistant. If your property is located in a coastal area, you need to be extra careful while choosing the hardware for your glass balustrades.

Maintenance requirements

This is another important aspect; after all you don’t want to be stuck with a feature that is very difficult to maintain. You want installations that are easy to clean using basic and easily accessible cleaning solutions.

In addition, you should be able to clean these at a longer frequency as that reduces the stress of maintaining the installations as well. If you have to clean your balustrade every weekend that can soon prove to be very tedious and time-consuming and you will eventually tire of it.

Aesthetics & finish quality

When you get any installation for your home, you want it to be functional, long-lasting as well as aesthetically appealing. These features are custom-designed and when you hire experienced operators like us for the job, you can rest assured that the aesthetics and finish quality will be up to the mark.


There can be a vast price difference in the cost of frameless glass balustrades, from one operator to the next. The cost depends on the quality and grade of materials used as well as the skill and experience of the installer. Aside from this, the setting and fixtures as well as the condition of the base where the balustrade has to be fitted, will decide what the cost of the feature will be.

About stainless steel handrails and hardware

Stainless steel is a steel alloy with a chromium content of at least 11.5%. The material is largely rust and stain proof compared to various ordinary materials. When the type and grade of alloy aren’t completely identified, it’s referred to as corrosion-resistant steel. There are 150 different types of grades of stainless steel, but only 15 of these are commonly used. This steel is used in the manufacture of sheets, plates, tubing and coils. Because of these qualities, stainless steel has found its way into various applications.

Use in railings and handrails

Stainless steel railings and handrails are of the most preferred materials for balustrades installed in coastal settings. If your residential or commercial property is very near the sea, you should check with your balustrade installer whether they are using nickel-chromium austenitic steel which is highly resistant to corrosion.

The chromium oxide layer on SS handrails is what protects the metal from corrosion in regular surroundings and everyday usage. All these attributes make stainless steel a very good material for all types of indoor and outdoor balustrade railings and handrails.

We at Quantum Frameless Glass can provide excellent, customised solutions for residential and commercial spaces. For any more information about our glass balustrades, call us at this number – 1300 282 248. You can also contact us using this online form.

Thanks for reading,
Quantum Frameless Glass Team
1300 282 248

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