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Why mild steel is the best material for railings

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Choosing new metal railings for your home is something many people don’t spare much thought to — that is, until it comes time to do so. Only then do you realise just how many differing options and price points there are on the market. But with this wealth of choice comes a couple of questions, such as which ones you should choose or, which are worth investing in. Well, that’s where we can help at SL Wrought Iron. We’ve been manufacturing high-quality metal gates, fences and railings since 2004, so we have the answers when picking the ideal fit for your home. 

So, when it comes to enhancing the security and aesthetics of your home with metal railings, choosing a suitable material is essential. Generally, it depends on a few factors, such as how long you expect them to last and how close you live to the coast. Still, which is the best, you may be asking. To us, mild steel stands out as the superior choice, and let us tell you why.

Aesthetics and versatility

Let’s start with the aesthetics. Mild steel offers a wide range of design possibilities, ensuring that your railings complement your property’s architectural style. Mild steel is also easily customised, so whether you prefer traditional, ornate designs or sleek, modern looks you’ll find exactly what you’re looking for!

Its versatility allows for intricate and unique designs that elevate the overall appearance of your property. We have many examples of just how customisable mild steel is on our site, from the stunning simplicity of our Longridge fencing to the elaborate detail of our Ribchester Fencing.

Unmatched durability

Durability is a crucial factor, and mild steel excels in this department. Its strength and resilience make it an ideal material for metal railings. It can withstand harsh weather conditions, resist wear and tear, and provide long-lasting protection. Even more so when it’s fortified with galvanisation and powder coating like our products are here at SL Wrought Iron. 

Here’s how it works: the steel components are immersed into a bath of molten zinc at a scorching 449 degrees Celsius, and the liquid zinc melds with the surface of the metal. To elevate the protection and durability of your steelwork to even greater heights, we follow up with a process known as powder coating. Unlike conventional spray paint, powder coating begins as a dry powder that’s expertly applied to the metal using electrostatic techniques. This process gives our mild steel metal railings superior corrosion resistance. 

Superior corrosion resistance

Corrosion is a common concern for metal structures, but through protective treatments like galvanisation and powder coating, mild steel can provide superior corrosion resistance. These treatments create a barrier that shields your railings from rust and deterioration, even in challenging environments. With mild steel, you’ll spend less time on maintenance and more time enjoying the beauty and security of your railings.

Strength and security

Strength and security go hand in hand, and mild steel delivers on both fronts. Its inherent properties, combined with the ability to customise its design, result in exceptionally robust railings capable of resisting forceful impacts. Whether you need to safeguard your home or commercial building, mild steel railings can provide the necessary strength and security to keep it safe from intruders for years to come. 

An eco-friendly choice

Lastly, the environmental impact is another benefit of mild steel. The production of mild steel often involves recycling and repurposing materials, reducing the demand for new steel production and minimising waste. What’s more, the long lifespan of mild steel railings means fewer – if any – replacements, further reducing the environmental impact associated with maintenance and replacement.

At SL Wrought Iron, we have a wealth of experience in crafting high-quality mild steel metal railings, all of which are handcrafted by talented experts right here in our Lancashire factory. You can choose from our beautiful ranges right here on our website, or, if you’re looking for something specific we can even make bespoke products according to individual requirements!