At Melbourne Stainless Steel, we’re obviously most well-known for our stainless steel services, but we also offer galvanised steel as an alternative. Galvanised steel is a lower cost option, and still retains lots of benefits that make it a fine choice for your handrail needs. Galvanised steel is where the metal is cleaned, and then dipped in molten zinc. This zinc bonds with the metal, providing a coating that gives numerous properties not dissimilar to stainless steel. Galvanised steel handrails can be a practical and attractive addition to your property, either in commercial or domestic settings. Of course, we offer galvanised steel components (such as brackets and fittings) as well.
The galvanised steel we use in our handrails offers robust protection against the elements and adversities typical of the Melbourne area. Galvanised steel is corrosion and rust resistant, two properties that are essential, particularly in the coastal environment we live in. Additionally, because the components are totally immersed in the molten zinc during its treatment, any inner areas of parts get the full protection afforded to the outside as well. This allows our clients to feel sure that no damage is taking place internally that they aren’t aware of.
One of the significant advantages of galvanised steel handrails are the ways in which the zinc coating can vary depending on your needs. Some environments require greater durability – for example, coastal settings – than others, and a more substantial zinc coating allows for greater protection. Put simply, a thicker coating means a longer life. Done properly, these coatings are likely to last up to 50 years, so you don’t need to worry about making regular maintenance or replacements a priority. This makes the corrosion and scratch resistant material a sensible choice for outdoor settings, especially if you’re looking for a relatively lower budget option. Our team can help you decide the level of protection required for your handrails depending on where they’ll be.
Galvanised steel handrail systems offer a highly cost-effective option for our clients who are undertaking larger projects, and proves especially popular with our commercial and municipal customers. These handrail systems are extensive, and modular by nature, allowing our clients to chop and change their set ups depending on their needs. Using galvanised steel for these systems makes it possible to keep costs down, as the material is cheaper compared with other nonferrous metals, like stainless steel. This is often a bigger consideration when dealing with larger projects and tighter budgets, but still represents a reliable, quality option.
Another advantage of galvanised steel handrails is the possibility of painting them different colours. The zinc coating has no ill effects on the paint (or vice versa), and in fact, the paint offers additional protection against corrosion and other wear and tear. You can treat the galvanised steel with primer before applying the paint, and then choose whatever colour you feel best enhances your handrail set-up. We think the natural finishes you get with galvanised steel are very stylish, but this gives greater possibilities for our clients.