Steel Flanges

Written by Krystin Spellman
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Flanges are the sturdiest pipe connection attachments available. Fittings made of steel and stainless steel are the strongest available, hands down. Flanges are metal discs that contain an array of drilled holes to secure the attachment to the floor or wall. The size and attachment style is completely dependent upon the material specifications of the structure itself. Lighter pipes and railings may only require a flange with two threaded holes, while heavier railings could require over 10 connection points.

Railing Flanges

Most stainless steel flanges designed to support railing systems contain a lip to add additional support to your rail. Many are modified to fit narrower spaces, allowing you to work with limited areas without compromising its supportive capabilities. Flanges are usually combined with metal railing systems, since these materials are heavier than wood and require more than a simple bracket support system.

Floor flanges usually have a larger circumference since these fittings are supportive of thicker, heavier poles. Wall flanges are thinner, requiring a few connection points. When installing a wall flange, be sure to take inventory of the structural capabilities of the wall and determine if an anchor is required. Anchors will allow you to benefit from wall support without causing the wall to break down, leading to a bigger mess.

Stainless steel is a popular flange material since it is easily polished to a chrome-like finish, creating a modern look. Brass plated steel is also another attractive option, allowing you to combine the beauty of brass with the uncompromising strength of steel. Whichever aesthetic route you take, you can be sure to find the right fitting to accommodate any railing project.

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