Selecting the right outdoor handrails NZ for either commercial or residential use can be an important decision. The wrong handrails may not provide the functionality that is required by users of the property – and the wrong choice can also prove costly for property owners or managers in the long run. Here are some of the most popular choices of handrail materials that are today available.
One of the most popular choices for outdoor handrails NZ is wood. The natural appearance of wood, the number of different types of wood (think oak, maple, pine, cypress, or even mahogany) and the finishes that can be applied to wooden handrails make wood a timeless classic. Wood can be carved into a number of shapes allowing the owner to explore a unique look for the handrails. For those in search of a more ‘rustic’ look exploiting natural grains and sealing methods provides a perfect solution. However, the use of wood for outdoor railings is not without its challenges. Weather can play havoc with even the most carefully sealed wooden railings. Used outdoors wood also is irresistible to many boring insects such as termites. It’s an attractive, but high maintenance option.
There are other natural materials that can be used for outdoor railings. These include granite, marble and other types of stone. All of these provide that ‘classic’ look that is perfectly suited to older homes. The downside to fitting these sorts of railings is that they can be expensive (depending on the material selected) and they most often require professional installation. If cared for properly they can take on a natural appearance and blend into the environment – but the design is the key to obtaining that natural finish. Although these types of railings can look extremely durable they can crack and chip – especially where harsh weather and fluctuating temperatures are a factor. In choosing what material suits your needs best, Handrail Fittings can help you with it.
For those who are in search of a more durable and less high maintenance option, there is always the ever-popular choice of metal outdoor railings. Metal outdoor railings fall into three main categories. Outdoor handrails NZ manufactured from stainless steel have a variety of advantages over railings manufactured with other materials. They are immensely robust and durable – 304 Grade Stainless Steel, for instance, is highly corrosion resistant and does not require coating, making it ideal for use in coastal areas where saltwater corrosion can be a significant challenge. However, this grade of steel can be pricey – but there are other, cheaper steel options for those who want stainless steel outdoor handrails.
Wrought iron is another choice. The railings made from wrought iron bring an air of elegance when used outdoors. The hollow wrought iron railings are lighter and offer a delicate and airy appearance. A more inexpensive option is aluminium. Although plainer in appearance than their stainless steel, wood or wrought iron counterparts they offer excellent value for money and are relatively weatherproof.
The choice of material for outdoor handrails NZ is important. Aesthetics aside factors such as maintenance and durability need to be carefully evaluated in order for the property owner to get a superior return on their investment.