Handrails are designed to provide stability or support while ascending or descending stairways and escalators in order to prevent injurious falls. Other applications include bathroom handrails, which help to prevent falls on slippery, wet floors. Nowadays handrails are designed as ornate accents for indoor or outdoor. Since ornamental iron has become very popular for home decor, so wrought iron handrails are gaining prominence in the market.
Also there is a wide variety of designs available in wrought iron handrails, right from a simple design to classic designs which makes it a very popular choice these days for the home decor.
Styles of Wrought Iron Handrails
These hand forged iron handrails look marvelous by themselves even if made in the most simplest form. However, these days, the wrought iron manufacturers make so many types of decorative wrought iron handrails that one has got wide variety of options to choose from. Also these decorative handrails can be customised as per the requirement, thanks to the flexible nature of this metal. Certain common types of iron decorative handrails are described here:
These iron railings have a long, narrow indentation
that attaches to a wall, usually on staircases. They can be explained as a tongue-and-groove joints that are good options for wall mount rails. The grooved wrought iron railings are ended in various ways to give them decorative accents.
The engraved handrails have beautiful engravings
on them and are generally preferred as stair rails
. The engraved
designs are formed by cutting the metal very delicately which needs great craftsmanship.
Tubular handrails or pipe handrails are hollowed tubes of wrought iron having different forms and decorative shapes. They are less expensive and are good as wall mounted handrails. Despite their being less expensive, they look great and are very strong.
Bowed handrails can be found anywhere as
. With their
bulged portion and artistic curved appearance on decks and porches, they can
give attractive look to any house.
Twisted handrails give the impression as if they are dancing with joy. Twisted railings are also used with straight pickets by fabricators to produce many variations of handrails. Sometimes both of them are arranged in alternative manner and sometimes in some calculated manner (like a straight picket and then two twisted ones)
These are the strongest handrails which are mostly
used as wrought iron fences
. They may or
may not be decorated. If they have to be installed for security purpose,
people prefer them as straight solid square shaped rods and if they have to
serve the dual purpose of safety plus beauty to the outdoors, they may carry
some design on them.
Advantages of Iron Handrails
The only disadvantage of wrought iron handrails stairs is that they are quite expensive.
- Broad array of designs & styles and ease to install makes iron handrails a popular choice.
- Wrought iron railings provide a very graceful look.
- Wrought iron handrails come in a variety of shapes & sizes and fit into any type of stairways.
- Very low maintenance is required.
- They are durable & highly resistant to any type of weather so makes a good choice for outdoors.