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How to Inspect Railings to Avoid Fails

Updated: May 27, 2021

It is extremely essential to examine handrails so you can reduce any legal risk and increase safety and other's well-being. Nobody likes being held responsible for someone getting injured as a result of railings failing. Below you will find 3 key elements listed to make sure that your balustrades last a longer time.

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1) Avoid installing wood rails although it is easy to work with and consider steel or GRP guardrails instead. These replacements are not easily exposed to corroding and can keep pace with unpleasant weather better than wood, hence they can be deemed as better alternatives than wood. Wood can be corroded by rain, insects or wind.

2) Looking for certification and if the banisters meet the standards is a crucial aspect. Certification is usually granted from third party organisations after testing the railings in a variety of methods. Always check to ensure that the handrails you use has been tested for applied load, the load level and elapsed time.

3) Using GRP or Stainless-Steel tube clamps, bolts, fasteners or anchors keeps away the likelihood of having your fixings rusted or corroded which eventually result in deterioration. Therefore, it is always essential to select the appropriate materials for the product to last longer. High quality powder coatings can be applied to prevent fittings and element's oxidation so it is very well advised to employ those coatings once the handrails are installed.


At KITE, we provide Stainless Steel, Galvanised and GRP Handrail Tube Systems, Ball Standards and Sticks, also called Uprights, Rails or Stanchions. All our systems meet the British Standards and are fully compatible with our Galvanised Tube Clamps, GRP Tube Clamps and GRP Fittings/Fixings ranges, also supplied in options of Stainless Steel, Galvanised or GRP. Our systems are are easily erected/dismantled in small sections and can be ‘tailored’ to suit many applications.

All our systems & products are safety approved, maintenance-free and reliable. No Fails with KITE!



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