Steel Balustrades and Corrosion

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Balustrades made of stainless steel are a favourite for use in both residential and commercial projects. The main reason for this is that stainless steel is one of the sturdiest materials that can be used for the construction of balustrades.

However, the main concern that residential builders often have with stainless steel balustrades is that they are vulnerable to corrosion. There are several things that you can do to combat the problem of corrosion on stainless steel balustrades, some of which are highlighted below.

Choose the Right Grade of Steel

Unknown to many is the fact that stainless steel balustrades are not all made of the same grade of steel. This is why some balustrades are more expensive than others, yet they are all made of stainless steel.

To make stainless steel more resistant to corrosion, metal fabrication specialists add a corrosion-resistant material called molybdenum to the metal. Molybdenum is highly resistant to corrosion, and its incorporation into the structure of stainless steel transfers this resistance to the metal itself.

To facilitate the easy identification of steel whose structure has been modified by the addition of molybdenum, fabrication specialists refer to this type of steel as stainless steel grade 316.

If your balustrades are made of this type of steel, you will not have to worry about corrosion-related repairs for a long time to come.

Invest in a Polished Finish

Another great way to make stainless steel balustrades less vulnerable to corrosion is to have a polished finish on the balustrade material.

Stainless steel corrodes when exposed to wetness over a long time. A polished finish on steel balustrades will make it much easier for water droplets to slide down the balustrade surface rather than letting such droplets rest on the surface. This reduces the likelihood that wayward droplets will be absorbed into the internal structure of the balustrade, thereby reducing the likelihood of corrosion.

 Have Your Balustrades Painted

The key to preventing corrosion on stainless steel balustrades lies in preventing contact between the steel surface of the balustrades and water/moisture.

You can easily do this by having your balustrades painted. The additional coat of paint will act as a physical barrier that prevents contact between the balustrade material and water/moisture in the atmosphere.

An extra coat of paint will not cost you that much, but it will provide that much more protection for your balustrades.

With the tips highlighted on this guide, you're a step closer to combating corrosion on your stainless steel balustrades.

For more information, contact a metal balustrading service.