Brass Hand Rails

Written by Steven Alexander
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Brass is one of the most popular handrail materials available, due to its strength and unsurpassed longevity. Solid brass is one of the most beautiful metals, and is available in a wide variety of finishes and colors, making it extremely versatile for any handrail project. Because brass will never rust or decompose, it provides an ideal solution for most handrail needs. Brass railings are both elegant and affordable, making them the perfect choice for restaurants and businesses alike.

Brass Handrail Components

Handrails can be installed a number of ways, either by adhering the railing to a wall, or creating a freestanding railing rising directly from the floor. Additionally, handrail rods may be curved or straight, allowing you to either create a flush attachment, or have the rail extend perfectly parallel to wall. Because brass is one of the heavier hardware metals, your hardware choices will be determined by the thickness of the rail.

For railing with a diameter of three inches or greater, your best option will be to attach the railing with a flange, ensuring that the railing bases are secure. Brass flanges work best with custom curved railings, and are often combined with an anchor in instances where you are working with thinner walls that require additional support. Brackets are also used to help support heavier brass railing, and can be placed towards the center of the railing.

Thin brass handrails can be supported by a series of brackets alone, allowing railing to be straight and lined up alongside the supporting wall. Brackets are generally more decorative than flanges, allowing you to create a more stylized look with your railing. Brass end caps also come in a number of decorative varieties, making it easy to create a unique look.


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