Raising The Bar: Why Install Stainless Steel Railings On Your Raised Pool Deck?

Posted on: 25 January 2018

If you own an above-ground pool, installing a raised pool deck around it can make accessing your pool much easier, as well as giving you the perfect spot for some luxuriant poolside lounging. However, a raised deck without safety railings is just a fall hazard waiting to happen, and choosing the right railings for your raised deck can be more difficult than you might think.

The materials used to make your railings will influence both the safety they provide and how well they cope with their exposed, outdoor location, and stainless steel is one of the very best materials you can choose. This unique metal has a number of attractive properties that make it ideal for making raised deck railings:


The chief advantage of stainless steel is that it is thoroughly immune to rust, even when constantly exposed to moisture when used in outdoor locations. As you can imagine, this makes stainless steel ideal for use in the decidedly moist environment of a poolside deck, and stainless steel railings will cope with the moisture of both rainfall and chlorinated pool water without falling victim to damaging corrosion.


Stainless steel is also enormously strong, especially when compared to other potential deck railing materials such as timber or vinyl plastic, and its immunity to rust means that none of this strength is lost over time. Bathers can, therefore, lean on your pool railings without the slightest chance of them giving way, giving great piece of mind. This strength is particularly reassuring for elderly bathers, and when installed on the steps leading up to your deck they provide a solid handhold for bathers with limited mobility.


Stainless steel railings aren't just resistant to rust and heavy loads; they can also shrug off heavy impacts from falling branches and other heavy objects, and will not dent nearly as easily as timber, vinyl or aluminium railings. In most cases, a set of stainless steel railings will last far longer than the deck they are fitted to.


The smooth, reflective surface of a stainless steel railing can be very attractive when fitted to a deck with modern or futuristic styling, but if your deck has a more traditional aesthetic, your railings can be customised easily with paint or powder coatings.


Unlike vinyl or timber railings, which tend to degrade over time to the point where they cannot effectively be reused, stainless steel railings are eminently recyclable, and their durability means that they will remain in top condition whether they are recycled after two or twenty years of use. As a bonus, stainless steel is a particularly valuable scrap metal, and scrap metal merchants will pay significant prices to take stainless steel railings off your hands if and when you decide to demolish an aging raised deck.

For more information about stainless steel handrails, contact a local business.