Benefits of Stainless Steel Balustrades in Humid Climates

If you are considering updating your balustrades, especially outdoor ones, for a humid climate, you may be considering different materials. Though you like the look of timber, timber balustrades may not be as durable as you would like. If durability, style, ease of maintenance and multiple design options are what you are looking for, you may want to consider stainless steel. Here are some of the benefits of stainless steel balustrades in humid climates and what to know about each benefit.

Reduced Water Damage

One of the leading benefits to stainless steel balustrades in humid climates is their resistance to water damage. The material, when properly sealed, will allow water to roll off the balustrade and not seep into the material or surrounding metal connections. This reduces the chance of rusting and of corrosion that can normally be connected with water damage and water-related exposure. If you notice any dulling to the surface due to water, you can shine the balustrades using a stainless steel cleaner or spray. This will keep the look of the stainless steel while reducing the look of water exposure.

Durability Under Exposure

Durability under humid conditions, include rains and winds, can be a deciding factor for the balustrade material you want to use. A benefit to stainless steel is that it can hold up under most weather conditions, even during extreme circumstances. For example, if you have humidity surrounding seasonal storms, you may find that the stainless steel holds up better in all of these conditions compared with the other material options available to you. You may also find less integrity damage if high winds or rains throw debris into the stainless steel compared with other materials you may have used in the past.

Maintenance Routine

For many homeowners, maintaining the material they choose for their balustrades is as important as the durability of the material. When you choose a stainless steel option, the maintenance needed is minimal. Cleaning the material requires using a small amount of stainless steel cleaner and damp cloth. You may also want to polish the balustrades on a routine basis to maintain the finish if you have chosen a glossy versus matte option. You will need to inspect the balustrades to ensure there is no damage that could allow water to enter cracks or breaks in the balustrades that may occur from storm damage. 

If you think that the use of stainless steel balustrades would benefit your needs, contact your local contractor. They can help with design options, ordering and installation. They can also offer suggestions that may benefit your specific need for humid climate-friendly balustrades both indoors and outdoors.