Comparing wood, glass, wire cables and other balusters to the Stratospindle Benefits
Wood spindles crack, split, and rot. Stainless steel spindles do not. Typical 1” thick spindles also obstruct the view while the Stratospindles do not. Furthermore, wood spindles can be pulled out during impact while the Stratospindle will not. If you want to shovel snow from your deck, you will have to lift the shovel up and over the hand rail. Not with the Stratospindle. Due to the stratospindle 1/8” thickness and the #2b 316 stainless steel construction, you need simply shovel the snow right through them. How easy.
While cable “spindles” also maximize views, their product lifespan is short. Due to accidents from children climbing up the horizontal cables as if they were ladders, legislation is currently in the works to have this product banned except for vertical installations. Just think of that cost and the resultant installation nightmare. Also, cable systems require a turnbuckle design in order to keep them from becoming slack and have to be continuously adjusted to compensate for sagging. Yuck.
Other steel deck spindles are produced from carbon steel and painted. The paint fades, peels, flakes and rust forms. There is no paint applied to the Stratospindle. It is necessary for the Stratospindle. The stainless steel material is virtually forever and will outlast the deck itself. No maintenance. No replacement. Also other steel deck spindles have a typical ¾” to 1” wide frontal view vs. the 1/8” of the Stratospindle.
Glass panels to decks are nice when they are new but their cost is often prohibitive. They may also shatter and need continuous cleaning.
The Stratospindle uses a revolutionary style (patent pending) that affords a building owner the ability to construct a contemporary looking deck that allows for increased safety, increased strength, avoidance of rust and rot while yet providing a low profile deck spindle that doesn’t obstruct views.
They are beautiful. The stainless steel finish reflects the blue of the sky and the green of the lawn. At the same time the thinness of the spindles keeps the view you want.
This revolutionary design gives a home owner many advantages over current wood type spindles, metal designs, cable styles and glass options.
The design of the spindle vastly exceeds a minimum pull force of 200 lbs. At the same time, the spindles only are 1/8” thick. The strength is derived by virtue of geometry vs. mass. The Stratospindles are constructed from #16 316 SS with a 2B finish and are formed back upon themselves during manufacturing that gives a finished thickness of 1/8” vs. 1” commonly found with wood or other metal spindle designs. The stratospindle benefits are so many. Learn more about the Stratospindle.
Stainless Steel Benefits
All stainless steels have a high resistance to corrosion. Low alloyed grades resist corrosion in atmospheric conditions; highly alloyed grades can resist corrosion in most acids, alkaline solutions, and chloride bearing environments, even at elevated temperatures and pressures.
High and low temperature resistance
Some grades will resist scaling and maintain high strength at very high temperatures, while others show exceptional toughness at cryogenic temperatures.
Ease of fabrication
The majority of stainless steels can be cut, welded, formed, machined and fabricated readily.
The cold work hardening properties of many stainless steels can be used in design to reduce material thicknesses and reduce weight and costs. Other stainless steels may be heat treated to make very high strength components.
Stainless steel is available in many surface finishes. It is easily and simply maintained resulting in a high quality, pleasing appearance.
The cleanability of stainless steel makes it the first choice in hospitals, kitchens, food and pharmaceutical processing facilities.
Life cycle characteristics
Stainless steel is a durable, low maintenance material and is often the least expensive choice in a life cycle cost comparison..