Why do we talk about ‘Warm-to-Touch’ Handrails?

Why do we talk about ‘Warm-to-Touch’ Handrails?

Published on Tuesday 19th November 2019

When bitter weather sets in, external uncoated metal handrails can become extremely cold to the touch. Likewise, when the sun beats down on uncoated rails, the heat becomes unbearable.

When bitter weather sets in, external uncoated metal handrails can become extremely cold to the touch. Likewise, when the sun beats down on uncoated rails, the heat becomes unbearable.

Both situations can trigger persons in these circumstances to feel uncomfortable & hesitant about using a handrail, causing them to let go while moving unintentionally. 

The risk of falling increases and the product becomes impractical in extreme cold or hot weather conditions. 

Document M & K of the Building Regulations does specify that handrails should not ‘become excessively cold or hot to touch.’


The handrail product used on our modular ramp system, achieves this ‘warm to touch’ finish, with a nylon coating of low thermal conductivity, so that body heat is not conducted away from the hand.

 

The process allows the system to become robust enough to deal with our ever changing British weather conditions.

 

About our Infill Balustrade Handrail

 

This rail is designed with reduce space between the bars, to prevent children from climbing or falling through gaps. 

 

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