When choosing materials for stainless steel railing fittings, there are a few factors to consider:
1.Grade of stainless steel
Although not visible to the naked eye from SS railing fittings, the variance between different grades of stainless steel lies in its composition. As steel is naturally corrosive, different elements are added to make it stainless.
The industry standard for interior handrail use is a 304 grade stainless steel. In comparison 316 stainless steel contains 2% molybdenum to make the material more resistant to corrosion caused cracks, tension and pitting.
For outdoor use we normally recommend 316 grade stainless steel as the tougher composition gives better resistance in these harsh environments.
For swimming pools, coastal areas, Highco Metal can provide a wide range of SS railing fittings in 2205 grade.
SS railing fittings are also chosen based on their aesthetic appeal. Consider factors such as the desired finish (e.g., brushed, polished), shape, and design that will complement the overall architectural style or design theme of the space.
3.Strength and durability
Stainless steel railing fittings should be strong and durable to ensure the safety and longevity of the railing system. Evaluate the load-bearing requirements and select fittings that meet the necessary strength standards.
Consider the level of maintenance required for the chosen material. Some stainless steel finishes may require more frequent cleaning and maintenance to maintain their appearance over time.