At Origin, we recently supplied a glass balustrade in Poole. As the customer was so close to the sea, we advised that he use mirror-polished 316-grade stainless steel.
And here’s why…
Stainless Steel does exactly what it says on the tin, it stains less! However, this doesn’t mean a little maintenance won’t be needed. No matter what stainless steel finish you choose, we recommend you clean all areas of your balustrade every few months.
This polishing process creates a great texture and overall appearance of the steel. The Brushed Finish provides a matte finish that is perfect for architectural applications where appearance is a priority. The Brushed Finish is a more affordable option for your balustrade than the Mirror Finish, however, this finish would not b suitable for certain applications, such as in coastal or high-humidity areas. To achieve the Brushed stainless steel finish, the steel is put through a 400-grit belt and then softened with a Scotchbrite cloth belt.
The Mirror Finish has been processed more than the Brushed Finish to create a highly reflective surface. It goes through a number of grit belts of varying strengths before being buffed with soft cloth mops. We would recommend a Mirror Finish for any applications that are within 10 miles of the coast, in high-saltwater areas, around a pool or in places where there is high humidity; this is due to the fact that the smoother surface of the Mirror Finish will have a higher resistance to the salt particles in the air and will prevent corrosion for longer.
As always, we would love to discuss your glass balustrade project with you. For any enquiries get in touch with one of our team on 0113 277 4316 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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