The 2 Best Stainless Steel Grades To Use For Railings

The advancement of modern, sleek, and vertical architecture in cities has led to the development of railings as one of the most important factors as a part of the structural design of these buildings. Managing the railings requires a design in a way that not only meets the aesthetically pleasing requirements but also delivers the appropriate level of safety. In the past, aluminum, cast iron, and carbon steel handrails were used, which were generally susceptible to deterioration if exposed to harsh conditions such as pollution, heavy use, or harsh weather conditions. As a precaution to ensure the railing is of high quality, it is necessary to select a grade of stainless steel that fits the railing perfectly.

Here are some questions you should ask yourself before you do that:

  • What is the requirement for external or internal installation of the railing?
  • Can you tell me the weather condition if it’s external?
  • Do you expect a lot of traffic to pass through it?


Many people choose stainless steel handrails for their benefit, which is partly why they are so popular at Sigma Pipes Steel Pipes Suppliers. Manufacturing stainless steel is one of our specialties. We can manufacture stainless steel railings using stainless steel. A popular feature of this product is its ease of fabrication, versatility, and customizability. You can benefit from stainless steel railings in the following ways:

  • A high level of durability
  • Maintenance is easy
  • Cost-effectiveness
  • Appealing to the eye
  • Diverse designs

Different types of steel have many differences, and choosing the right type of steel for railings is crucial. In the design and manufacture of railing systems, stainless steel comes in two forms.

304 — Grade Stainless Steel

While stainless steel is easier to maintain and does not require a protective coating, it is more expensive than carbon steel. It is corrosion-resistant to rust due to its 18% chromium and 8% nickel content. It is also possible to find stainless steel made from other alloys, which are each formulated for a specific use. It is not necessary to coat steel of this grade with a protective coating.

In both indoor and outdoor applications, grade 304 stainless steel performs well when conditions are not harsh or extreme, or when the system does not suffer from the elements. Railing systems made of grade 304 stainless steel are easier to maintain than those made of carbon steel. Carbon steel requires more maintenance and upkeep than grade 304 stainless steel.

201 — Grade Stainless Steel

Grade 201 stainless steel contains nickel, manganese, and nitrogen in increased quantities. Low nickel content makes it the cheapest stainless steel grade compared to other grades. Stainless steel of grade 201 is an austenitic metal since it is non-magnetic and contains high amounts of chromium and nickel.

The stainless steel grade 201 is ideal for structures that are subject to corrosive forces such as salt water due to its variety of advantageous properties. In many applications, grade 201 can replace grade 301, but it is less corrosion-resistant, particularly in chemical environments. Grade 201 steel has a high nitrogen content, which provides greater yield strength and toughness than type 301 steel, especially at low temperatures, making it ideal for railings.

In addition to stainless wash basins, cooking utensils, washing machines, curtains railings, and staircases, grade 201 is available for use in a wide range of household appliances. As it is subject to pitting and corrosion in cases of little maintenance, it is not suitable for structural outdoor uses.

The Sigma Pipes Company manufactures stainless steel Rectangular Pipes, Round Pipes, and Square Pipes and tubes for various industrial applications worldwide. Among our most popular products on the market are stainless steel pipes for railings and balusters.

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