Aluminum handrails become to expand in the market since 2013. Compared to other materials like wood and steel, Aluminum does not require periodic maintenance. Handrail maintenance is not an easy mission, where it requires carefully sanding all details then painting them. Although Comparing aluminum handrails with stainless steel handrails. Aluminum installing by screws while stainless steel require welding, this make aluminum is the best choice for handrails.
Aluminum Handrail Profile
Producers have developed aluminum handrails design to fit both classic and modern style. Handirail profile available in rectangular and circular shapes and sizes. Handirail is available in 5 cm diameter to fit an adult hand, and available in 3 cm use for children and as handle at pool edge. Profile’s thickness of aluminum layers range from 2 to 3 mm we recommend 3 mm for large spaces between posts.
Aluminum Handrail Accessories
Aluminum handrail system have all need fitting from angles that twist 360 degree. The system manufacturers compete to produce angle fitting that look simple, neat and doesn’t install by screws. Any handrail system first post is wider to enhance handrail strength, also it’s unique to increase beauty. Another system fitting is profile end cap and cover used to hide connection between floor and posts. Since aluminum won’t rust, it’s not rational to use steel screw. It’s better to use Stainless steel 304 screws to avoid any rusting.
Aluminum Handrail Finishing
In the same hand aluminum handrail can painting in any RAL paint, also available in Anodize colors. Some profile is available in rough texture and different colors, also in crystal style profiles. Some handrail systems designed to integrate it with other materials like glass and wood. It enhances the beauty of handrail system.
Aluminum Handrail Installation
Installing the handrail system require well-trained craftsmen, to calculate and determine the height and corners. Installing handrail post to floor can be either by screws for light uses and using anchors for heavy use. Opening in marble for anchors require to drill very sensitive to avoid breaking marble. Then install anchor with marble adhesive to increase the handrail system strength.
There are two types of handrail post, the start and end post and the middle posts. The start and end post is thicker in 5 cm diameter and taller than handrail level. The start and end cap function is to give strength to the handrail, by it larger profile. Usually designer made the start and end post in a unique design, sometimes it has a unique profile cap. The middle post is 3 cm in diameter look thinner than start and end post. Its connected to lower of handrail and by anchor to floor. Also middle post function is to support the handrail and baluster either if it’s glass or aluminum profiles.
Glass handrail system have a high demand. It look elegant and contemporary, it more visual extend to the space. There are several systems of glass handrails, glass with aluminium profiles and all glass handrail system. All glass handrail system look more elegant, but have a higher cost than aluminium and glass system. Glass system requires a heavy base to bond glass to wall or floor. Rubbers, screw, leveling, tempered glass and handrail cap make all glass system hard to install and expensive. The aluminium and glass system has an addition of glass price to the aluminium handrail, which will make it competitive with aluminium profiles handrail systems.
Wall and Floor Mounted Systems
Handrail can be mounted in either wall or floor. Floor will install using anchor while will be rigid. In the walls use a solid wall, a concrete wall. Avoid installing the handrail screws at hollow block or the sand layer between concrete stairs and the marble. Wood and steel are good materials to install at, for steel use bolts instead of screws.
Aluminum is better for two reasons, the material itself and the installation. For the material aluminum won’t rust, while 316 stainless steel grades will resist rusting more than 204 grade. But generally all stainless steel will rust. Aluminum install using screws, while stainless steel using zinc welding. Screws is better because welding have a bad appearance and will weaken the stainless steel.