This topic includes information related to decorative metal railings installed during construction. Decorative metal railings are custom, functional handrails and railings. As compared to traditional handrails and railings, decorative metal railings have added aesthetic appeal.
05 70 00 Decorative Metal
This topic includes information related to decorative metal stairs installed during construction. Decorative metal stairs are custom functional stairways commonly made from aluminum or steel. As compared to traditional metal stairs, decorative metal stairs have added aesthetic appeal.
Decorative metal can be defined as metal that provides architectural decoration but has no structural value. Metal can be formed into countless shapes while still retaining many advantageous properties. A wide variety of metals and alloys can be used, including aluminum, brass, steel, tin, silver, gold, and wrought iron. Examples of decorative metal uses are countless but include spiral staircases, guardrails, handrails, gates, decorative brackets, and cornices. For certain projects, designers may specify metals that will react to the elements, resulting in a modified surface appearance called a patina. Other projects may call for painting or factory finishing to protect the metal or add aesthetic detail.