If you are planning to renovate or build a new house, you will probably need some handrails. Most handrails come in either wood or metal, both of which have advantages and disadvantages.
Let’s start by explaining why so many builders and homeowners choose wood handrails. Wood handrails are the least expensive and easiest to install. Builders and carpenters can easily build wooden handrails and do not need any special tools. They can match a variety of home styles and there is a huge selection of components to choose from. In general, wood is the most likely option based on cost and availability.
Metal handrails are a much safer option, but they also cost a lot more. Metal offers a unique design look that wood cannot. Many builders do not offer metal, because it requires a specialized contractor who has knowledge in metal working and welding. If you have the budget and access to a metal handrail builder then they are the best option. As with all home designs, the price depends on the complexity of the job and the availability of metal stair builders in your area.
Metal handrails are superior in safety, because it is many times stronger than wood. To be precise, steel made with A-36 grades means that a single square inch of that steel has a tensile strength of 36,000 pounds per square inch. That is very difficult and can be a lifesaver. Picture this: You’re walking on your second floor and your dog left his bone in your path. If you don’t see it and step on it, he could lose his balance and slam his full weight against the wooden railings. Chances are those handrails and posts will splinter and break, leaving you in a 1-story fall that could cost you your life or break your neck. Wooden handrails are only designed to hold on, not to support the weight of an unbalanced adult with some momentum. Let’s say the same accident happened and you had metal handrails. You would most likely have some bruises from hitting them, but they wouldn’t budge. This could literally save your life. This is especially true even on the highest floors.
Metal is very easy to work with. Metal handrails can be bent, shaped, forged, shaped, and welded. Metal handrails are not only superior in strength but also provide more flexibility for creative design.
Most people think of metal handrails as simply an industrial design element. However, with modern and contemporary handrail designs, it is very common to use handrail accents such as wood, stone, or even leather to match the finish to the style of the home.
Ultimately, if you can afford metal handrails, it’s definitely worth the extra money for many reasons.