Reflections Stainless Steel specialise in the design, fabrication and installation of beautiful balustrades combining supreme craftsmanship with attention to detail. Different combinations of stainless steel, glass, cables and timber are used to create an elegant, stylish and modern look to compliment its surroundings. We cover the Sydney, Central Coast and Newcastle areas.
The above photo shows the result of cutting corners in finishing and polishing of the weld area and the heat affected zone. Even though the product may look good at the time of installation it is only a matter of time before the lack of correct procedures and poor workmanship show through.
The above photo shows the result of cutting corners in welding and finishing of joiners as well as improper welding techniques. The joiner piece (or rail converter) is actually coming out of the tube. This can happen easily if not fully welded especially when post is under the strain of tensioned cables.
Stainless steel is commonly in 6m lengths that are straight and stay straight, timber is rarely this long and almost never straight over this length. It requires minimal maintenance to maintain its good looks which will last for years and years.
Once joined end to end or in the corners stainless steel will not move, split, warp, shrink, cup or crack because there is no glue join to fail.
After installation a stainless steel balustrade does not need more money spent on it in the way of paints, oils or sandpaper to keep it looking good which can add up over years.
Time and some skill is needed to keep timber looking at its best.
Stainless steel only requires a quick wash down with soapy water and only if needed.
Stainless steel will not leech tanins that can stain render and tiles.
Timber finishing coats do not last long if applied incorrectly and not applied following manufacturers specifications. For example, some common coatings should not be applied in full sun, have narrow temperature restrictions for optimum application and minimum drying times between coats that make single day installation difficult.