Stainless Steel Railing

Stainless Steel Railing

While many materials might be viewed when constructing a custom railing system, most architects find that steel railings are difficult to beat in terms of aesthetics, functional performance, and value. Steel railing systems can look smooth and modern or formal and traditional; steel is long-lasting and extremely durable, and steel railing systems offer tremendous value in terms of the long-term cost of ownership.

While steel is clearly the best choice of material for railing systems, the dramatic differences between different types of steel may be surprising.  Choosing the right type of steel for your railing project is vital to designing a system that gives the aesthetic appeal, safety, and performance you and your client want.  This is what you need to know when determining the best materials for your next custom railing system project.

Most Popular Types of Steel for Railing Systems

  • Carbon Steel
  • 316-Grade Stainless Steel
  • 304-Grade Stainless Steel

Railing systems made using every one of three types offer different strengths and weaknesses. Understanding your options and which applications are appropriate for each is essential when specifying a new steel railing system.