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News Stainless Steel Balustrades within Marine Environments

Stainless steel is steel that contains at least 10.5% chromium. The addition of chromium to the steel gives the material corrosion resistance which make it useful in a wide range of applications and industries including in areas surrounding marine and water environments. 

For more information on stainless steel, read our blog The Properties of Stainless Steel.

Corrosion Resistance

Stainless steel is often a popular and sensible choice for marine environments because of its corrosion resistance properties. Compared to other grades of stainless steel, our 316 contains small amounts of molybdenum – at roughly 2% of its overall composition. This unique addition ensures reliable corrosion resistance in marine locations.

One of the key factors that makes stainless steel corrosion resistant is its ability to form a passive film on its surface. The film is made up of chromium oxide that acts as a barrier between the steel and the environment. This barrier then prevents the steel from corroding, even in harsher environments where salt water is present.

Stainless steel also has a high resistance to pitting and crevice corrosion, which are common issues in marine environments. Pitting corrosion occurs when small areas of the steel exposed to electrolytes such as salt water and are corroded. Crevice corrosion occurs in areas where the steel is in contact with another material, such as seal or gasket and is not exposed to the electrolyte.

Advantages of Stainless Steel

In addition to its corrosion resistance properties, stainless steel is also a durable and long-lasting material. This is especially important in marine environments where equipment and structures are exposed to constant wear and tear.

Another advantage of stainless steel in marine environments is that it’s also a recyclable material, which makes it an environmentally friendly option.

Stylish Finish

Not only does stainless steel have anti corrosion resistance properties but it is also considered an extremely stylish material that gives a luxury level finish to all settings.

Its sleek and modern appearance and its ability to maintain its shine make it a popular choice for many design applications. For Leisure and Tourism properties, one key benefit of Stainless-Steel Balustrades is ease of cleaning and its anti-bacterial properties which make it perfect for holiday lets concerned about hygiene standards due to transferable illnesses such as Covid 19.
In environments where enjoyment of the view is key to the experience, opting for thin, stainless steel wire ropes (Wire-Tec) as the infills of a railing system is ideal for promoting openness. Individuals can be sitting, standing, or looking out the window from the inside of the home and still be treated to transparent, unobstructed views of the surrounding location.

See below for this recent customer job which shows our bespoke, stainless steel, grade 316, handrail posts, wire and components used to create this safe and stylish, framed balustrade system around the decking of the houseboat.

Its durability also makes it resistant to scratches and stains making it a low maintenance option that can last for many years.

To conclude, stainless steel is a popular choice for marine environments because of its many key properties, making it not only a functional material but also a stylish one.

Have a look at this video below, our Wire-Tec and Components were used to help design the exterior of this stunning house boat!