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Specifying estate railings? – the differences between loose component and welded unit options

Specifying estate railings? – the differences between loose component and welded unit options

When purchasing or specifying estate railings, there are two differing options available – fully welded 2 metre wide panels, or in a kit form containing loose rails and posts.

At first glance the loose component may appear to be the cheapest, but consideration should be given to the other elements involved. As it is supplied as a kit, it needs to be self-assembled, which could become a lengthy job dependant on the required quantity.

Further to this, polyester powder coating is not an option on loose component estate railings as the rails and posts must slide through each other to be assembled. If the components were power coated, this would cause scratches and other damage to the components as they are being put together.

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If colour is required on loose component estate railings, they must be wet painted on site following installation, which would be done by the application of T-wash (also known as mordent solution) which creates a chemical reaction to degrease and etch the surface. Treated surfaces are then ready for priming followed by subsequent top coats.

Estate railings can be manufactured and supplied as a fully welded 2 metre unit panel. These can be seen as more expensive but less intensive on installation on finish. Being a welded panel, they can be fully finished in a polyester powder coat which is a dry coating, applied electrostatically and then left under heat to adhere to the metalwork.

Welded unit estate railings can be manufactured to a rake or radius following a site survey, allowing the metalwork to follow curves and falls. This achieves a much better look as opposed to faceting with straight panels.

Guidance on all issues contained above can be found by visiting our Resource Hub, where you will find a vast array of information gathered over many years’ experience within this sector. Our sales staff can always be contacted by telephone or email where further advice is required.

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