Westcoast Weatherproof Railings – Bring it On!

Mar 27, 2023 | Railings

As British Columbians, we are fortunate to live in one of the most beautiful places on earth; Canada’s warm spot due to the lush rain forests and coastline – but let’s face it, it rains… a lot. Architects, developers and contractors are making sure home owners are getting the most out of the stunning vistas and environmental artistry by building homes with amazing outdoor living areas and decks. But all of this moisture means that the structures behind these invaluable nooks must hold up to what Mother Nature throws at it.

There are several material choices available when building these spaces. From wood, to composite, to aluminum to stainless steel. Which will hold up best to corrosion and provide the best stability? Can you achieve the look you want and ensure your investment will stand the test of time? Whether you’re building the home for yourself or are building on someone’s behalf – you want to have your cake and eat it too.

We believe the answer is simple: stainless steel in 316 alloy. All of our stainless steel railings hardware is manufactured to this grade to ensure our product will last the lifetime of your home. Both 304 and 316 Stainless steel are non-porous metals and are comprised of nickel iron, copper, manganese and chromium as an anti-corrosive. 316 stainless has less chromium however increased levels of nickel and molybdenum is added into the compound. Molybdenum is used in to increase strength, hardness, and resistance to corrosion and wear.

Enough with the technical mumbo-jumbo.

We have put our hardware to the test. In the ocean. Yes, IN the ocean. One of the many benefits of living by the Pacific is hobby sports such as boating, scuba, and of course fishing & crabbing. The General Manager of JRE Hardware, having nothing else available, had recruited one of our 316 stainless glass stand offs to weigh down his crab trap on one of his trips out. It had worked so well that he decided it should continue it’s work and remain aboard the trap and carry out the remainder of its life as a functioning part of his crab operations. That was 8 years ago, and about 120 crabbing expeditions later. This hardworking little standoff has been submerged directly in saltwater water for upwards of 60 or so hours. As you can see from the photo, this stand off has suffered no corrosion, only some damage due to rocks and shells. All of our railing hardware is comprised of the same alloy materials and compounds as the stand off in this picture so we can confidently say that our hardware will stand the test of time. Bring on the rain. Bring on the ocean spray. You can have your crab & eat it too.

JRE Hardware in 316 stainless steel:

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