The moment somebody says the word ‘railing’, the structure made of aluminum or steel comes in the mind. Metal railings are commonly used in the highly frequented buildings as these are considered stouter and sturdier and of course, safer. But with the requirement of more sophistication in the looks of interiors, glass railings also made the mark amongst the high end builders and engineers. So, now basis material of railings can be said to be comprising of steel, aluminum and glass.

The metal railings have some cons associated with them. These cons have prompted the building experts to look for reinforced solutions. Similarly, glass railing is going through a transformation process to offer added resilience and robustness to the boundaries of spaces. So, first let’s understand what problems occurred with metal and glass railings that were made before the technologically advanced solutions were conceived.

  1. Maintenance is big hassle in case of metal railings. The rails made of aluminum or steel tend to rust, get uglier and weaker with time. Though anybody hardly pays attention to the railing’s health once installed, but this is not the thing to ignore.
  2. Strength lost with the rust settling is adds to the safety related concerns.
  3. Aesthetics of the structure also get hit when the moisture content and aging take their toll on railings.

How technology is helping address these shortcomings

The world of railings is getting further enriched with the changes in their base material. The technology is making it possible to add more strength to aluminum and steel by using alloys as skeleton material. This small change offers low maintenance solution and also adds to the resilience of the structure. The improved railings achieved by this are surely helpful in improving homes on safety quotient.

Use of co-extrusion

Plastic has its own advantages and disadvantages. Therefore, to address the disadvantages, a process call co-extrusion was introduced about a decade ago. The aim of this process is to extract the bests from various styles of plastic and merge them to create more suave, appealing and quite healthy structures. The commercial designers are using sturdy metallic cored and co-extruded exteriors made of PVC plastic or acrylic. Thus, these railings formed a statement-making home improvement solution having stout structure and beautiful looks.

Thermoplastics – a better answer to aluminum

While aluminum struggles with deterioration issues common with the passage of time, thermoplastics are proving to be a time-proof solution for railings. The use of thermoplastic is being made extensively in commercial complexes like sports arenas, municipal halls, parks, etc. This is proving to be a well-engineered material for railings and is commercially more viable than aluminum that requires several layers of coatings to achieve sustenance in the structure.

Home improvement is one such niche where things ought to change in the direction of creating more value for the house owners. The improvement in railings material is one such step that offers added strength and better look to that portion of house (i.e. boundaries of patios, staircases, etc.) which tend to go unnoticed, still stands out like a sore thumb amidst other elements of the space.