3 Stainless Steel Railing Styles for Businesses

3 Stainless Steel Railing Styles for Businesses

If you’re in need of some attractive, stainless steel railings for your business, you’re in the right place. Pro Weld has many stainless steel railing styles that are great for businesses like yours. Let’s take a look at 3 of our favorites.

Glass Paned

One of our more popular designs is our glass-paned, stainless steel. These have a stainless steel hand railing and supports while glass panes fill in the space between them. 

This design is great for chic businesses and stores. If you have a large office with lofts or an open foyer, these railings will look great. They provide great light flow, an unobstructed view, and are very present in design.

One of the benefits of glass-paned, stainless steel railings are their increased safety. With minimal gaps across their entire length, there is little opportunity for children to hurt themselves or drop items through the gaps. Therefore, if your business sees a lot of small guests, you’ll find our glass-paned railings are a plus.

Horizontal Contemporary

If you’re looking less for open and bright, and are aiming more for stylish and dark, our horizontal contemporary railings will be of interest to you. This stainless steel railing style has a dark hand railing. This rests atop dark supports, with silvery, stainless steel bars run horizontally through them. With 4-6 horizontal bars beneath the hand railing, there is no chance for anyone getting through them. Therefore, they offer optimal safety, as well as practicality.

These railings, due to their dark/light contrasting nature, look fantastic in industrial settings or contemporary offices. When imagining the ideal setting for them, one might think of an aesthetic-focused office, a dark, youthful, clothing store, or even a rich, earth-toned bookstore.

Utilitarian

While aesthetics can be important to some, others are only in need of the basics. Therefore, we can’t leave out our utilitarian, stainless steel railing styles for businesses. These stainless steel railings have their classic silvery appearance with a hand railing and one or two horizontal bars beneath it.

This railing style is great for lining exterior stairways, walkways, sidewalks, and more. They provide a moderate level of safety, keeping people from taking a fall. However, someone with the intention of shortening their path can still slip through the horizontal bars.

Get What You Want

The most important thing about buying from Pro Weld is that you can get what you want. If none of our stainless steel railing styles are what you’re after, bring us your own. We love working with creative customers to give them exactly what they’re imagining. Because we work directly with the metal ourselves, instead of just selling factory-made railings, we have the range to do custom work.

Give us a call today if you’re ready for us to start work on railings for your Toronto business.

Accessible Railings for Your Clinic Exterior

Accessible Railings for Your Clinic Exterior

While many businesses may not feel the need to focus on accessibility, there is one type of office that requires it. Clinics and medical offices can’t do without. Because patients are often elderly or disabled, having accessible railings is paramount. Fortunately, if your clinic or medical office is in Toronto, you have easier access than anyone to Pro Weld’s rail creation services.

What Type of Railings Are Accessible?

If you’re not well-versed in accessibility, you may be wondering what sets accessible railings apart from others. What is it, exactly, that makes a railing accessible or not?

Easy to Grip

The first sign of an accessible railing is one that is easy to grab on to. For example, stainless steel railings with wide bars are a great choice. These railings provide an easy grip for hands that may struggle or be pained by smaller or more edged bars.

Some examples of railings that are less ideal for gripping are glass and iron railings. Both of these choices look fantastic, but are made more for emergency safety and appearance than for grip functionality. These railings have narrow edges, making them uncomfortable to lean on. Glass railings, being made with a glass pane, are not able to be grabbed and held on to unless they are paired with a mounted bar on the inner side.

Where Should They Go?

The next thing we have to cover is where accessible railings should be placed. Placement truly matters when it comes to accessibility. If you have accessible railings all throughout your building, but not on the stairs to the door, disaster can strike before patients even get inside.

Stairways

As a general rule, all stairways should have railings on both sides. This provides safety, ensuring no one falls and gets injured. These aren’t just accessible railings, they’re also safety railings. Even young, abled people are able to trip up the stairs or be bumped by someone else and end up falling.

However, to add to accessibility, you should also include a railing up the middle of any stairways that are more than 5 feet wide. This allows people with difficulty traversing stairs to hold on to railings at both sides. It also ensures a grip, should the stairway be crowded or high-traffic. Then, even those forced to travel more toward the middle of the stairway will have something to hold on to.

Ramps

If your clinic doesn’t have any wheelchair accessibility ramps, you absolutely must rethink your building design. Clinic accessibility is vital, and usually also required by law. In addition to ramps, ramp railings are also a must-have. Railings that line wheelchair ramps do two things.

  1. They provide a grip for wheelchair users and non-wheelchair users alike. Those in wheelchairs may find it easier to get up a ramp if they can take a break halfway, holding on to a railing while they prepare to finish the slope. Non-wheelchair users with disabilities may use ramps because they are safer for them than stairs. They need the stability of a railing to grip while walking up the ramp. This is true even for abled people using the ramp.
  2. They provide a safety net for anyone traversing the ramp. Just as with stairs, ensuring no one falls from a ramp is important. This is especially true when considering wheelchair users are even more susceptible to injury from ledges.

Order from Pro Weld

If you’re in the market for accessible railings, Pro Weld is the #1 provider in Toronto. Give us a call if you have questions about what and how to order. We look forward to hearing from you!

How to Sanitize Railings in Your Business: Part 2

How to Sanitize Railings in Your Business: Part 2

If you have a business or office that’s running during COVID-19, you might be wondering how best to clean your railings. As railings are one of the most frequently touched parts of a building’s structure, they can be the most deadly. While touching other surfaces can be easily avoided, railings are imperative for safety. Therefore, we must sanitize railings to allow for use without risk of spread.

If you haven’t read part 1, you’ll want to take a peek there first. In part 1, we covered why soap is effective in killing COVID-19 as well as how to clean steel railings. Here, we’ll talk about some other types of railings.

Glass Railings

Because glass railings are made with such a simple material, the method to cleaning them is equally simple. Simply fill a bucket with hot, soapy water and wash them down with a rag. It is highly recommended to wear rubber gloves during this process to minimize any potential contact with COVID-19.

When you’ve washed down the entire surface with soapy water, you’ll need to go over it again with plain water to remove soap and “dead” COVID-19. While the virus does get neutralized by soap, it’s still better for everyone’s peace in mind for it to be washed away entirely. Indoors, using a fresh rag and bucket of clear water will do. Outdoors, using a hose to spray down the soapy railings is just as effective, and much easier.

After the railings have been sanitized, you can go over them again with glass cleaner to remove streaks, if desired. It is recommended that, if your business or office is busy throughout the day, that an employee sprays the glass railings with alcohol and wipes them down multiple times during business hours. 

Iron Railings

Where things get a little less simple is with iron railings. Both wrought iron and cast iron railings are much more prone to rusting. Plus, repeated wipe-downs can damage the coating. If cleaning your iron railings has damaged them, give us a call and we can help you restore them to their usual quality.

In order to work around the fragility of iron in relation to water and scrubbing, we have to get creative. There is always the option to let them get damaged and worry about renewing them when the pandemic has cleared up, but that’s not the only option.

Covering Railings

While creativity can lead to all kinds of solutions. However, one of the easiest and most hassle-free solutions to protecting iron railings during the pandemic is by covering them. That’s right – you can just cover them in sheet plastic. It isn’t very attractive – certainly not as attractive as the iron railings themselves – but it is effective.

To cover your iron railings, saving them from copious amounts of cleaning, buy some sheet plastic. You can get these from the local hardware store. Then, attach the edge of the plastic to the top or bottom railing with some simple Scotch or masking tape. Wrap the roll over and under the railing a few times, working your way down the railing until you hit a support pole. Then, repeat on the next section of railing.

When you’re through with this process, you’ll want to line your railing with a strip of plastic along the top. This will cover any seams in the wrapped plastic and allow for easy washing without water seeping through the cracks and then rusting the iron beneath. If you can wrap the railings somewhat neatly, this method doesn’t even look all that terrible. Times are a bit weird at the moment. Protecting your iron from damage certainly isn’t the weirdest thing your clients will see the day they visit.

Give us a call at Pro Weld if you need help protecting, repairing, or replacing railings. We’ve got years of experience caring for railings. We’re happy to pass any information we can along to our clients. Stay safe!

How to Sanitize Railings in Your Business: Part 1

How to Sanitize Railings in Your Business: Part 1

In the midst of a pandemic, to sanitize railings in public places is more important than ever. While copper doorknobs may self sanitize, iron and steel have no such power. The question is, how do you properly clean your railings? Are there special rules to account for? How do you know if you’ll end up damaging your railings? Pro Weld has put together a short how-to for all of our business owner clients looking to protect themselves and their customers. Let’s check it out.

The Effect of Soap

The first thing to note about COVID-19 is that is can be killed with soap. Any soap. A common misconception is that you must use antibacterial soap to kill the coronavirus. This is completely false! COVID-19 is not a bacteria; it’s a virus! The two things are easy to categorize under the ‘germ’ category in your mind, but they’re very different and are effected by different things. Therefore, antibacterial soap is no better or worse than any other.

The way soap kills COVID-19 is by dissolving the lipids holding it together. Because a virus isn’t a living, breathing organism the same way you and I are, it works a bit differently. Suffice to say, soap deactivates it completely and washes it away.

Steel Railings

Now that we have some basics down for fighting a the coronavirus, let’s talk cleaning railings. Steel railings are some of the most common in public spaces. Fortunately, these are also some of the easiest to clean. Simply using soap and water is sufficient for sanitizing them.

Indoor

For indoor, steel railings, after closing time, use a bucket of hot, soapy water and a cloth. Wash down railings throughout the building. Follow the soapy washdown with a plain water washdown to remove soap.

Washing down the vertical railings is recommended for maximum safety. However, if your business or office doesn’t get much traffic, just washing down the top railing may be sufficient. However, if you ever have small children in the building, you’ll want to wash the vertical railings no matter how popular your business is. Small hands can quickly go from a vertical, support railing and then directly into the mouth, making even support railings dangerous.

If your business or office has moderate to heavy traffic, it is highly recommended that an employee use a spray bottle of alcohol along with a rag to wipe down railings during business hours. This will minimize spread and ensure that, during the many hours your business or office is open, nothing will transfer from your railings.

Outdoor

Outdoor steel railings are even easier. This is because you have the benefit of running water outdoors. After doing your soapy washdown, you can simply use a hose to spray soap off of the railings. If you don’t have a hose, using a bucket and slowly pouring water out as you move along the railing can still be much easier than manually wiping each surface a second time. 

Sanitize Railings of Other Kinds

If you don’t have steel railings to protect from COVID-19 transfer, you’ll want to check out part 2. There, we’ll talk about how to sanitize railings of other materials. If you’d rather speak to a Pro Weld professional, give us a call and we’ll be happy to help.

Steel Railing Styles for Your Home or Business

Steel Railing Styles for Your Home or Business

If you have stairs, a walkway, or a porch on your home or business, you may be looking for some railings to provide safety and meet with building codes. Pro Weld is the #1 railing company in Toronto. We specialize in wrought iron, cast iron, and stainless steel. Today, we want to tell you about some amazing steel railing styles that would look great inside or outside your home or business. 

Vertical Bars

One of the most classic steel railing styles and a great choice for walkway railings for a business are steel railings with vertical bars. Close-set vertical bars are an effective way to keep things divided. These are great for lining walkways beside grass that you’d like to keep intact. Keeping people from moving off the path will protect it from getting trampled on and destroyed with time.

Plus, these close-set bars are great at making an effective barrier. They make it nigh impossible for dogs or small children to crawl under bars to the other side while their guardian struggles to get them back. This is a bonus for all involved.

Glass and Steel

Another of the popular steel railing styles is the glass and steel hybrid railing. These railings are made up of a steel frame with a glass panel in the middle. This style is especially good inside chic businesses like malls, boutiques, and any two-story shop. They provide a high measure of safety for second floors as well as promote visibility. 

Railings without glass – those with bars instead – make visibility between the first and second floor quite difficult. Trying to look between the bars leaves you with an interrupted view. The only way to remedy this is by going all the way up to the railing to look over the top. With glass and steel railings, you can look directly through the glass without needing to approach. Plus, the glass and steel look just amazing together. They’re both light and somewhat reflective in appearance.

Spaced Out

Last but not least, we have more spaced out steel railings. These are great for safety in places where small children are unlikely to be left unattended or where height is a non-issue. These steel railings come with the top railing as well as some spaced out bars for attaching said railing to the ground, floor, or stairs. The primary purpose of this style is to provide a railing to grip. 

This style is most commonly seen up the middle of an outdoor stairway or alongside an indoor stairway. However, this style is also seen along boardwalks, outdoor walkways, and at the edge of small ridges. They work well to keep people from climbing down them rather than use an existing stairway.

Hire Pro Weld

If you’re in the market for railings of any type, Pro Weld is exactly the team you need. We’ve been crafting beautiful, iron and steel railings for the people of Toronto for 30 years. When you’re ready to order some new railings, we look forward to doing the same for you. Give us a call and we’ll be happy to help.

Affordable, Attractive Outdoor Railings in Toronto

Affordable, Attractive Outdoor Railings in Toronto

Are you getting ready to install a balcony, deck, or a new stairway? No matter what your reason, if you need outdoor railings, Pro Weld is the place to go. Not only do we offer a variety of materials and styles, we also do custom work. Here’s how we can deliver you the high quality, outdoor railings in Toronto that you’ve been dreaming of.

Home or Business

Our railings aren’t just good for at home. The quality of our products means they’re the perfect addition to your business as well. Whether you’re looking to outfit a professional building or a personal one, we have what you need.

For more professional settings, consider something sleek and sturdy like our stainless steel railings. Looking for something more luxurious than sturdy? Glass railings are one of our hottest products. Plus, add a little more strength to your glass railings by choosing a design with a metal frame. This gives you the incredible visibility you’re after with the strength your clients need.

A Style for Everyone

So, you have very specific needs, do you? We know that everyone has different needs in railing designs. That’s why we don’t limit ourselves to one type of metal or one type of design. We have a large variety of designs and styles for you to choose from.

All metals react to weather differently. Choose from wrought iron, cast iron, stainless steel, aluminum, and more. You can have exactly what you need when you order Pro Weld.

Plus, it’s not just our materials that are varied. We’ve been in the business for a long time. We have quite the repertoire of designs stacked up. Take a look through some of our existing designs and you’re sure to find many things that are right for you.

Custom Designs

If you really can’t find what you’re looking for, never fear. Pro Weld is made up of a team of professional welders and metalworkers. If you have a custom design in mind, we can give you something completely new and completely you. When you receive your order, your home or business will have the most beautiful, custom, outdoor railings in Toronto.

Affordable Outdoor Railings

If appearance is important to you but you’re working from a budget, you don’t need to worry. Pro Weld may be the best in the business, but we haven’t made our name by overcharging. Our railings are attractive and affordable. Get the best results for the price when you rely on us.

Let us know if you have questions about our products or services and we’ll be more than happy to help. We love getting to know our clients and building a lasting, business relationship with them. Just give us a call and that can be you!

The Right Railings for Commercial Buildings

The Right Railings for Commercial Buildings

Choosing the right railings for any building can be a tricky task. That’s because railings have a way of being both very important in a building’s appearance while also going unnoticed most of the time. Combine considerations for appearance with considerations for functionality and safety and you’ve got yourself a lot to think about. Luckily, Toronto’s leading railing manufacturers are here to help.

Commercial Safety Standards

The first think you need to remember about choosing your new commercial railings is that there are often strict safety standards. Take a moment and check out the safety standards for commercial railings in Ontario before you continue your search.

Now that you know what guidelines you have to follow, you can find the right material for your building.

Long-Lasting Iron

The first material up for consideration is the strong and refined iron. Iron is a great choice buildings made of natural materials. Stone or brick buildings with iron railings look even more rich and bold than before. Your iron railings can be designed in any number of ways. Want something strong and straightforward? Try regular, vertical bars. Want something elegant instead? Art nouveau railings are still alive and well. Commercial buildings all need something different though, so pick the style that suits yours best.

Sleek and Stainless

Iron might not be quite what you’re looking for. If you’re looking for something strong, that can handle hundreds of people a day leaning on it, sitting on it, and otherwise relying on its durability, stainless steel is a fantastic idea.

Stainless steel has a lot of benefits to its use. For one thing, it really is incredibly strong. Stainless steel railings can really take a beating – and not just for one day, but thousands. You can count on stainless steel railings to last many years and still retain their original strength. This makes them great for buildings with heavy traffic, like malls and such.

Gorgeous Glass

For some buildings, appearance is more important than strength. For instance, offices or other work buildings that will primarily have adults in them. If there’s not a great need for strength, elegance is a great feature to have instead. These buildings are a great place to install glass railings.

Glass railings are great for visibility and style. These modern fixtures maximize light flow and give any building they’re installed in a touch of class. Plus, they’re easy to clean and safe for small children.

If you want the best railings for commercial buildings in Toronto, Pro Weld is the place to be. Come check out our work in person or give us a call to learn more. We look forward to answering your questions and helping you with your order. 

What to Look for in a Railing

What to Look for in a Railing

Different homes and businesses in different places will demand different things. That’s why it’s important to know what to look for in a railing when it comes time to buy one (or more). Pro Weld, Toronto’s leading railing manufacturers, are here to clue you in on some things you should consider when buying railings. 

Weather

If you’re looking to buy outdoor railings, you’ll want to take into consideration what kind of weather you get around your home or business. Some materials are better than others if you live in a particularly wet environment. Have a lot of rain, snow, or humidity? Iron may not be the best choice for you.

Iron can be coated in paint or a powder coating to prevent it from rusting. However, if you live somewhere where damage to the coating can occur easily, it could leave you with rusty, iron railings. Fortunately, with Pro Weld, you get the best railing and coating quality available. So, if your heart is set on wrought iron, don’t let iron’s less than stellar affinity with water get you down. Pro Weld has your back.

Durability

If you’re looking to buy railings for a location that gets a lot of foot traffic or activity, something durable is a great choice. If you’re looking for durability, stainless steel is in the lead. Glass railings are less durable than their metal counterparts.

Pro Weld offers high quality, glass railings that are made to withstand quite a lot before breaking, however. While stainless steel is generally tougher, you shouldn’t let that stop you if you want glass. 

Functionality

When it comes to functionality, glass railings are actually some of the best. You get a barrier, keeping people and animals out of closed-off areas. You get a clear view, making them great for decks or balconies. Plus, they’re strong and can withstand most things nature will throw at them.

If you’re looking for something to deter people from entering your property, wrought iron, however, is the best you can get. Wrought iron fences are easy to make tall, brooding, and hard to climb over. Getting over a wrought iron fence without getting hurt is no easy task, especially if you go for a somewhat pointy design. These fences, however, don’t allow much in the way of a clear view.

Making the right choice for what railing you buy is all about your individual needs. We hope this article provides some food for thought regarding what each railing’s strong points are. Each railing type has something different to offer and we’re sure one of them will be a great fit for you.

Unsure what you want for your home or business? Give us a call and we can discuss the pros and cons with you, coming to a personalized solution. Let us know if you have any questions and we’ll be happy to help.

The Best Railings for Rooftop Terraces

The Best Railings for Rooftop Terraces

If you’ve got a house with a rooftop terrace, you surely want to outfit it with things that will allow you to enjoy it to the fullest. One thing that can easily ruin the experience of a rooftop terrace is a badly chosen railing. Check out how Pro Weld can make your rooftop terrace the place to be!

What’s the View?

The first thing you need to take into consideration when picking a railing for a rooftop terrace is what kind of view you’re dealing with. Surprisingly, the view from your roof has a huge impact on the best railing choice.

  • A city view or something coastal does best with better visibility. You can achieve the maximum visibility with a glass railing. This type of railing makes use of glass panels. You can get these with metal framework or without. The glass allows you to see your surroundings even while lounging. No need to let metal bars get in the way of you enjoying your surroundings. 
  • A nature view, especially when living somewhere with a lot of trees, needs less visibility. Your railing won’t be covering anything you couldn’t see above the bars anyway. Not to mention, getting glass railings for an area filled with trees could pose a problem. That’s because this could lead to leaves sticking to the glass and the glass railings are more likely to get dirty and need regular cleaning. Iron railings will look fantastic in this environment, however. The dark of the iron railings will fit in well with the rich and earthy tones of nature.

Picking Glass

If you decide to opt for a glass railing, you should know what your options are. Not all glass railings are created equal. Here are some different types:

  • There are full-framed glass railings. These railings are made up of a full metal frame with glass panels fitted into each section. These are great for areas with a lot of traffic like stairways, but may not be suitable for a terrace. It’s also a matter of visual preference.
  • Some glass railings have metal dividing posts. These posts are where the glass panels are secured. While these involved more metal, these actually involve less separate anchors than a frameless railing.
  • Frameless glass railings are secured with anchoring points. These usually have small pieces of metal holding each glass panel together at the top and some kind of anchoring point at the base. While these minimize the bulk of the metal used, they also aren’t necessarily as sleek looking as glass railings with the dividing posts.

Picking Metal

Metal railings come in all kinds of designs. Plus, you can choose which kind of metal suits you. We’ve got our black wrought and cast-iron as well as stainless steel. Check out our gallery to see the variety we have. You won’t be disappointed.

Give us a call at Pro Weld if you have questions about our products or would like to discuss a potential order.

The Best Railings for a Minimalist Interior

The Best Railings for a Minimalist Interior

Having a minimalist home means dedicating yourself to a certain interior aesthetic. That can be easy to maintain once you’ve got a routine in place for picking up and keeping things where they belong. However, when it comes to making changes in design or designing a new home altogether, it takes a bit more thought. That’s why Pro Weld is here to help you pick out railings that fit your interior design dreams. Let’s see which railings fit best with a minimalist interior.

Glass Railings

Glass railings are a fantastic choice for minimalist interiors due to their simplicity. They’re such an unobtrusive addition to any interior that they fit right in. These railings are made up of strong, sturdy, glass panels held in place with iron posts. Their features include:

  • The ability to see clearly through the glass, not obstructing your view like other railings do.
  • A lack of color, making them great for minimalist environments. Unlike wooden railings which may add too much of a warm tone to the interior, these are completely neutral.
  • A sleek and contemporary vibe, making them great for up-to-date designs. This sleekness also gives your interior a high-class look, raising your property’s resale value.

Stainless Steel Railings

Stainless steel railings are also great for minimalist interiors. These railings have the benefit of coming in more varied designs than glass railings. They also cater to a different kind of aesthetic. Their features include:

  • The ability to choose between designs with or without glass paneling. Many people enjoy using stainless steel as a framework for glass railings. However, you can also order stainless steel railings that are glass free and more casual in appearance.
  • Being fingerprint free. Glass railings may gather fingerprints and handprints over time and will need to be cleaned, just like windows. This is doubly so if you have children of your own or some that visit with any kind of frequency. Stainless steel railings that don’t include glass won’t need to be cleaned unless you’re looking to disinfect them.
  • A more industrial appearance. Stainless steel railings lend themselves well to industrial aesthetics due to their hardy, cold appearance. If you’re a fan of exposed pipes, concrete, and simple, hanging, light fixtures, stainless steel railings will fit right in.

Making Your Choice

Both of these railing types are great choices. The most important difference between them is the aesthetic they belong with. If you think they would look good with your interior design, there’s no wrong choice.

No matter which railing type you choose, you can find them here at Pro Weld in Toronto. If you have questions you’d like answers to, we’re more than happy to help. Give us a call at Pro Weld and we’ll make sure you know everything you need to to make an informed purchase.

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