Aesthetic and Practical, Stainless Steel Handrailing Still a Favourite

Across a broad spectrum of industries that range from food and beverage to heavy industrial, cosmetic and sewage, Andrew Mentis stainless steel tubular handrailing still outranks its competitors. Corrosion resistant and maintenance free, it is the handrailing of choice in corrosive and damp environments.

“It is aesthetically pleasing and its scratch- and stain-resistant properties make it the obvious alternative to traditional mild steel or painted handrailings,” explains Elaine van Rooyen, marketing manager at Andrew Mentis.

“Broken handrailings caused by corrosion and damp can cause accidents as well as raise maintenance costs,” she continues. “Mentis’ stainless steel handrailings not only improve safety, but in reducing maintenance, create a more productive work environment and impact positively on profitability.”

Three alternative grades are available: 3CR12, 304 and 316 stainless steel, with stanchions 45 mm in diameter with a 2mm wall thickness and base plates designed to allow moisture to drain from the stanchion itself, adding to the corrosion-resistant benefits. “The centre hole for the knee rail is drilled and then flared on both sides,” van Rooyen says. “The top is also flared and a half round cap is welded into place. The base plate is 8 mm thick and welded to the tube.”

The clean modern lines are attractive and the stanchions offer a variety of standard angles and matching accessories. Bends and closures common to mild steel systems are also available for this stainless steel system.

Hand-, knee-rail and bends are manufactured from 31.8 mm diameter tube with a 1.5mm wall thickness. Bends and closures have swaged ends, improving speed of installation and preventing moisture from penetrating into the joints.

All manufacturing is undertaken with an eye to ease of installation, without using special tools. The smooth satin finish combined with the selection of grades offers almost unlimited possibilities for interior and exterior commercial applications.

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