One of the biggest advantages Core6 GRP handrails have over steel products is their very low maintenance requirements. This translates into cost savings in the long run and much fewer disruptions to operations.
The main problem with traditional steel handrails is that they can suffer from corrosion. Methods such as galvanisation and protective coatings or paintings are used to increase resistance but they don’t provide indefinite protection. In addition if the metal has been treated before it is bolted together to create the handrails, it can leave vulnerable spots. Rust can develop where the coatings have been damaged or not applied correctly.
The great thing about Core6 GRP is it is completely corrosion resistant. Regardless of how long the material is exposed to moisture, salts, and other harmful elements, it won’t corrode. This is due to the fact it is made from thermoset a resin which is reinforced with glassfibre to give amazing strength.
Core6 GRP handrails are much lighter than steel whilst providing a similar level of strength and durability. The weight savings makes installation quicker, thus ensuring plant and maintenance ‘down-time’ is kept to an absolute minimum. This is especially significant when the product is used in the rail sector as possession times are a driving factor for the efficiency of the rail network.
Another major benefit that composites have over steel products is GRP handrails are warm-to-touch, therefore making them much more user-friendly. The through colouring of the pultruded profiles mean these products will remain maintenance-free for many years following the installation.
If you want railings with minimal maintenance requirements, Core6 have the products for you. Please get in touch to find out more. Keep in mind we can create bespoke solutions to suit all kinds of needs.