Handrail Types

When planning and constructing building, handrails are a detail that cannot be left out.  Even though modern types of buildings do not really focus on balustrading and handrails as an integral part of the architectural design, they are still used to enhance homes and often used as a feature of the interior or exterior design.
There are many types of handrails and it is wise to know something about all the available ranges before deciding on one particular style.  Selecting unsuitable handrails can wreck the ambience and tone of the building.  Handrails can be made from a wide range of different materials, and these are all suitable in their own areas and have their own uses.
Concrete handrails do not really consist of concrete, they are just manufactured or fashioned from materials which are dense, such as concrete, stone or granite.  These are usually manufactured in the manufacturing plant and then transported to the site to be installed.  The advantage of having these handrails is that they feature as permanent fixtures anywhere they are to be installed and look extremely elegant.  Care must be taken to balance the heaviness of the solidity of the material out with the rest of the area, but they are generally relatively easy to blend into the overall look and feel of a home.
Iron handrails were very popular in Victorian times and recently popularity has escalated again as developments in interior design and installation technology is improved.  These are made from solid iron which is wrought into a shape or style, and can be fairly inexpensive when compared to the more solid handrails.  It is also simple to set up and can complement any environment, from Edwardian to modern.  They can also be rigged on most stairways, but care must be taken to ensure that the measurements are done perfectly.
Glass handrails are very modern and are new in the world of building and design.  Glass is increasingly being used in buildings as more interiors are blended with exterior, and glass is an extremely effective way of merging two areas as it is see through.  Coloured glass can also lend a sense of opulence to a room, but it can break or shatter, so high traffic areas are not suitable.

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