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What wire should I use for my balustrade?

Posted On 2016-08-08 02:04:30 |  Read 685 times | 1 Comments

Figuring out what wire or cable to use on your next balustrade project.


One of the top questions Miami Stainless gets asked is which wire should I use for my balustrade. 

Stainless steel wire rope or cable rope is used in an array of different projects which is why there are a variety of grades, sizes and construction.  

 

Firstly the grade of balustrade wire rope you use could depend on the environment it will be used in.  The 2 most commonly used grades of wire are the 304 and 316.  What's the difference between 304 and 316 stainless steel? The simple answer is 304 contains 18% chromium and 8% nickel while 316 contains 16% chromium, 10% nickel and 2% molybdenum.  The molybdenum is added to help resist corrosion to chlorides like sea water and de-icing salts.  So in short the 316 grade of wire is better suited to exposure areas, like outdoors or coastal areas.  

 

The construction of wire is varied but the most popular wire rope or cable used are 1 x 19, 7 x 7 and 7 x 19.   For balustrades Miami Stainless recommends 1 x 19 wire rope for pre fabricated systems.  This is a smoother stiffer wire that has a much more aesthetically pleasing look and meets with NCC Regulations if installed correctly. Another popular option is the 7 x 7  construction, this is more flexible and easier to work with for DIY hand swaging methods. 

 

Lastly the wire size is largely dependant on the balustrade system you decide to use.  Most balustrades will use either a 3mm or 3.2mm wire rope.  If you use our online balustrade builder on the Miami Stainless website, the correct wire rope size will be automatically selected depending on the system you choose.

 

   

 

 


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