Stainless Balustrade Old BarMore and more people are investing in stainless steel. And, it’s not hard to see why! Stainless steel is beautiful and practical. When you need to pick a balustrade system out, stainless steel could be the way to go. When you live in a coastal community like Old Bar, Manning point, Forster, Tuncurry and even Around the River in Taree and Cundletown, every balustrade material is exposed to wind and salt, temperature changes and industrial pollution.

In order to maintain stainless steel’s appearance and durability, it must be taken care of properly. Do that, and the stainless steel you invest in will do better than most metal types you could purchase.

Grade 316 offers a smooth, mirror-like finish, and should be chosen to give the right quality for exterior use. This is especially important if you live 5km or so from the coast. Do not use a brushed satin finish unless you have the time to maintain it on a regular basis.



Stainless Steel: What Is It Exactly?

For those folks who don’t know, stainless steel is a corrosion resistant alloy steel that comprises of at least 10.5 percent of chromium. With an array of elements put into stainless steel, manufacturers actually produce a variety of stainless steel grades – each one with variable properties.

For instance, when nickel is combined with stainless steel in copious amounts, the crystal structure becomes austenite. 70 percent of the stainless steel production is austenitic grades, usually noted by their 300 series label

Grade 304 – Most popular stainless steel manufactured, with 18 percent chromium and 8 percent nickel compound. The problem is that it’s not ideal for exterior applications along the coast but it does provide a lucid and credible option for interiors and internal use.

Grade 316 – This grade is comprised of 2 percent molybdenum, 10 percent nickel and 17 percent chromium, and is the best in terms for corrosion resistance from the majority of chemicals and saltwater.

How To Effectively Preserve and Shield Your Stainless Steel Balustrades

In order for your stainless steel balustrades to look their best at all times, you must regularly wash them. There’s no need for harsh chemicals, a product like our stainless steel cream cleaner is ideal, simply apply a small amount to a clean microfibre cloth and rub your handrails or balustrades until the desired finish is achieved. Make sure to use clean cold water to rinse off any excess product after use.

If there is any accumulation of pollutants – like salt – on the stainless steel, it can result in a brown stain on the surface called tea staining (not to be confused with rust). A tea stain remover can eliminate these stains, but if left alone for an extended period of time, you’ll need some elbow grease to get it off.  Here are some helpful tips to remember:

•    Don’t use an abrasive cloths or steel wool because they will scratch the stainless steel surface.

•    Wipe in the grain’s direction.

•    Use water on the stainless steel surface once a week to ensure the surface looks good at all times.

In order to get the premium quality finish you want, be sure to do the following:

•    Use a 316 grade mirror finish on the exterior balustrades.

•    Use warm water and soap to keep them clean, making sure you rinse them off every so often so you don’t have to spend hours polishing every time.