Come on now. Have you ever seen and utilized railings made entirely of plastic or any other flimsy and unsustainable materials? It makes no sense. No commonsense. No mathematical sense. No moral sense either. For any practically and progressively minded property or business owner installing a metal handrails salem or system to their property’s infrastructure makes all the sense in the world. This commonsense approach to risk management and upholding safety standards applies to you as well surely.
If it is just the railings to be affixed to your veranda or stoop or patio space or balcony or staircase, just think how beneficial the use of metal handrails will be. Wood may be nice but it can still be eaten by mice. To say nothing of the perennial and ever present termites. They cannot chew into metal. They simply do not have the teeth for that. Wood, when well looked after, could last you years still.
But perhaps with even less effort, it is quite possible that metal will be lasting a lot longer anyhow. They can be well-guarded against rust and corrosion by applying the correct and appropriate cleaning and maintenance techniques, as well as its detergents and solutions. From a safety point of view, metal handrails do seem to come out tops. You could be leaning on a balcony railing. You enjoy the view.
The human tendency is to relax as a result. In so doing, you may be applying pressure to the railings. But because it is strong and virtually non-enforceable, there is very little chance of it keeling and you falling over. You’ll be seeing a lot of this in public spaces where foot traffic is always high. Hospitals, public administration offices, City Hall, the mall, airport terminals, you name it.