Steel Balustrades

With its timeless and enduring finish, stainless steel balustrading is one of our most popular products. Built with the highest quality materials, they are suited for both indoor and outdoor conditions and are designed to fit the needs of all building structures including balconies and staircases.
Here at Balustrade1, we work with a wide-range of eye-catching stainless steel balustrade designs. All of these designs are manufactured to suit your individual needs. Our balustrades are available in both classic and contemporary designs and one of our team members can help you choose an appropriate style for your home. With expert knowledge and years of experience we offer the ability to customise a balustrade or staircase that best fits your home and budgetary needs.

Our Stainless Steel Railings

Our railings and balustrades are used in residential homes, commercial buildings, and many other facilities in and around Melbourne. Custom steel balustrade on your staircase can create the perfect first impression for your home or business.
We offer stainless steel balustrading designs to accommodate many applications including square, round, and rectangular posts and handrails. We do our best to accommodate any and all requests to find the perfect solution that best fits your needs and can manufacture specifically according to your plans.

Maintenance

Stainless steel is appealing and regularly used in commercial and residential buildings because of its immaculate and long-lasting appearance. However, to keep that superior appearance there are a few simple precautions to take.

Stainless Steel Grades

There are many grades of stainless steel. We use Grade 316 for our balustrades which has a higher level of corrosion resistance. Grade 316 is often referred to as ‘Marine Grade’. Typical applications are architectural components where the steel is exposed to extreme weather and climatic conditions. It is therefore the most suitable for outdoor use, especially in Melbourne and Mornington Peninsula weather conditions.

Stainless Steel Tea Staining

Stainless steel may suffer from a brown discolouration or “tea staining’ over time. It is a visual impairment only and does not affect the structural integrity or the longevity of the material. The staining occurs most commonly within approximately 5 kilometres from the sea and becomes progressively worse closer to the marine source. However, wind exposure, pollution and higher temperatures can create environments where tea staining may occur 20 kilometres or more from sea water.

Dealing With Tea Staining

Stainless steel is not maintenance free but maintenance friendly. When using stainless steel outdoors you need to clean periodically, especially in corrosive areas like swimming pools or coastal areas. Rain washing regularly will reduce the risk. The best way to maintain your product is to wash with soap or mild detergent and warm water followed by rinsing with cold water. The appearance can be improved further when wiped dry. Auto sol metal polish can also be used to offer a professional finish.

Steel Balustrade on Balcony

Recommended Cleaning Intervals for 304 Stainless Steel*

Building Element Roof or Wall Washed by Rain Eave, soffit or under-eave
wall not washed by rain
Surface Condition No deposits Deposits Accumulate No deposits Deposits Accumulate
Cleaning** in rural, suburban
and residential areas
1/year 1/year 1-2/year 2-12/year
Cleaning** for seaside***,
industrial and severe urban areas
1/year 1/year 3-4/year 4-12/year

* Cleaning frequency may be less for highly alloyed grades but is dependent on surface finish.
** Cleaning involves washing with potable water, low chloride water or washing with a neutral detergent, followed by rinsing with potable water.
*** This listing does not imply that it is recommended that 304 stainless steel is satisfactory in marine environments.

This table originates from Nickel Institute and Japan Stainless Steel Association publication No 12 013 "Successful use of stainless steel building materials", page 79.

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