Metal railings are both robust and aesthetically pleasing.
They can be a good security measure but can also be an attractive form of fencing. The general construction of metal railings comprises of two flat horizontal rails, round or square bars and box section, tubular or RSJ posts. The standard range of vertical bar will have each of these components at standard sizes, heights and spacing, and prices will reflect the common nature of the product. However, although there is a standard range of vertical bar, railings can be made to measure, so almost anything is possible. Dimensions of components, spacing and heights can all be changed to suit site specific requirements.
Infill bars can be blunt, spiked or domed top. Spiked top railings are only recommended on fence heights of 1.8m and over. You could have concave or convex railings, or what about a finial – there’s a good choice and it can really add the finishing touch.
Railings can be manufactured to accommodate curves and slopes, to ensure that the line of fencing continues to flow and looks appealing to the eye. Where railings are required to a sloping site, a very good option is self-adjusting railings – the product is manufactured with the in-built ability to accommodate for the gradients in the ground, thus eliminating the need and cost for bespoke raked panels and/or additional posts.
Railings can be galvanised or powder coated, and gates are available to match. Gates can be singles or pairs, swinging or sliding, manually or automatically operated.
Finials, or rail heads, are a feature that can be added to vertical bar railings, in some cases bow top railings and to metal gates. There is a wide range of styles but some are suitable for round bar infills whilst others are only suitable for square bar infills. The finials are then made in a range of sizes to suit the bar size, but again, not every finial will be available in every size. We have shown here a good selection of the finials on offer, but depending on the application, will make a difference as to which rail head is most suitable. But don’t worry, we have other options up our sleeve, we just couldn’t show them all here!
For more elaborate and bespoke designs, we have a selection of infill bars, scrolls, post caps and ornate details that we can choose from, but we would need to discuss your design with you with the plethora of product options to hand.
Hollow vertical bar – an effective security product
An inherently strong and durable fencing that’s aesthetically pleasing in design. Hollow vertical bar fencing utilises hollow section infill bars, as opposed to the solid bar infills used in standard vertical bar. The use of the hollow sections makes this a slightly less expensive option than standard vertical bar; however, the system is less versatile, radius sections are not possible and there is no choice of finial finishes. You get what you see!
Hollow vertical bar is available in the following heights:
Generally construction comprises:
Posts: 60 x 60mm steel hollow section posts or 102 x 44mm RSJ posts at 2.5 – 2.8m centres
Rails: two or three flat section, channel section or rectangular section horizontal rails fixed using permacone type bolts and nuts with angle cleats or anti-tamper brackets.
Infills: 25-mm circular hollow section or 25 x 25-mm square hollow section (diamond to view), at 125mm centres with square cut or angle cut tops.
Angle cut tops are not suitable on heights below 1.8m. Where high security is required and the finished fence height is to be 1.8m or over, there is the option of the serrated top edge. This makes getting a handhold on the top very difficult. In this style, the vertical infills do not oversail the bottom rail.
Gates to match the fencing are available as electrically of manually operated swing, sliding and cantilever. Singles up to 12m and doubles up to 24m – depending on size and style.
The fencing comes in a galvanised finish but can be supplied galvanised and powder coated in most RAL colours.