Stainless steel handrails

Stainless steel handrails

Stainless steel handrails are used not just for safety but it is also used for interior and exteriors aesthetic look. Other materials used for handrails such as carbon steel, cast iron or aluminium deteriorate quickly in extreme weather conditions or being exposed to pollution. In these environments Stainless steel provides a longer lasting and better looking finish however regular cleaning is required to maintain a sleek attractive appearance. Therefore stainless steel has pretty much replaced carbon steel and aluminium handrails because of concerns about safety, replacement cost and long term maintenance cost.

Aluminium handrail


Cast Iron Handrail


Carbon steel Handrail


SS and its different types:

Stainless steel is available in different gauges such as 16 gauge, 18 gauge, 19 gauge and 20 gauge. The best one to use for handrails is 16 gauge as its finished look & quality is better than others. Stainless steel railing comes in different sizes and shapes but the most commonly used railings are square shape and round shape. Diameter of round pipes available in stainless steel railings vary in range of 3/4 inches to 2 inches. Each style provides a modern twist as they offer their own individual characteristics. Square tubes/pillars are mainly known as contemporary designs and are a little more expensive than the round ones. The round tubes or pillars are considered for a wider selection of application. It is a more running item and is cheaper than the square shaped pillars.


SS square pipe


SS Round Pipes


These SS railings are tube shaped stainless steel pipes that are welded together and then these joints are polished and buffed to give a shiny sleek look. These SS pipes are mainly welded in two ways i.e. Argon welding and Arc welding. Argon is a shielding gas and is rapidly gaining fame as it is colourless, odourless, non flammable and non toxic. Another main reason welder now a day’s prefer Argon welding is because of it finish. Argon welding does not melt the iron or SS pipe much thus giving a very neat look and also reduces the efforts on buffing and polishing the metal. On the other hand arc welding melts the metal for the joint and it requires a thorough polishing and buffing to make the SS pipe smoother. However the arc welding is more commonly used as it is cheaper than argon welding.

Electric arc welding


Argon Welding


SS pipes are available both imported and are also made locally. Unfortunately our local market hasn’t been able to make quality SS pipes used for handrails. The local SS pipes gets black over the period of time as the chrome over it starts fading away as they use 300 grade polishes. Imported stainless steel however does not fade away its chrome as they have been polished in grade 600 therefore everyone recommends and works in imported stainless steel.

Price of local stainless steel railing normally known as 201-SS is available in the market for Rs 700 – 750 /- RFT (running feet). Whereas the imported stainless steel pipe railing normally known as 304-SS is available in the market for 1250 – 1300 /- rft (running foot). These pipes are then welded in arc welding or argon welding as discussed above and then polished. Polishes are also available both locally and imported. These SS pipes are then polished with different chemicals to give a final polished and sleek look.

Handrails can be modified by adding wood or glass with it. Here are a few designs that are commonly used in finishing of the house.


Handrail with glass

Handrail with wood


Handrail with Glass


SS Handrails


SS Round Pipe Handrail

SS handrail with Glass

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Zeeshan Ahmad
A Griffith graduate in Marketing and an enthusiastic. Love learning and growing. Have a vast experience in Dairy farming and counselling careers and students. Handling marketing for a construction company established in 2010 and now a well renowned company in the market.


  • Luke Smith on September 27, 2022

    It’s nice that you pointed out how stainless steel provides a longer lasting and better looking finish. We just built a new pool on our backyard and we are thinking of adding a stainless steel handrail on it. For that, we need to hire some specialists to install it for us.

  • M.Ahmed on December 10, 2020

    I need ss railing in my house. Can anyone provide me contacts or showroom to check the quality and advise

    • Mohsin Munir on December 10, 2020

      There are various shops in Lahore at beadon road and college road where you can visit and check.

  • shahbaz akba on September 28, 2020

    We GREEN TRADERS deals in s s 201 and 304 pipes and tubes sheets and accessories for railing in whole sale .
    applications: Decorative , furniture , doors , windows , kitchen & restaurant ,, swimming pools , stairs, balcony ,many more
    Our contact : Shahbaz Akbar 0332 5888 533 / 042 37658533 . Rahman Gali no 5 near masjid Ahley Hadees . Brandreth road Lahore . email
    Timing 11AM-7PM

  • Fawad on May 11, 2020

    Thnx sir for your Reply but no price idea

    • Mohsin Munir on May 11, 2020

      Price range for SS railing starts from 850 Rs/rft and goes upto 1800 Rs/rft

  • Fawad on May 11, 2020

    In Lahore somebody honest who can do Railing work on good Price

  • Fawad on May 11, 2020

    Guy u recommend for railing work with 16 gauge In imported SS and approx Price with glass and without glass In running foot

    • Mohsin Munir on May 11, 2020

      Well it is difficult specially in steel sector to find good individuals however you can call and check with following:

      0092 3324924416 Ali
      0092 3009482875 Ramzan

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