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What Are Powder Coated Steel Railings for Commercial Decks? A Look at Modern Options

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Steel railings are a modern take on traditional railings and look great on their own, but where a pop of color is needed, powder coating a steel railing offers unlimited design options. Paired with different infill designs, a powder coated steel rating can be used as a featured design element that can further the desired aesthetic.

What Is Powder Coating?

Powder coating creates a highly durable and high-quality finish on steel railings. To create a powder coating a blend of polymer resin systems, curatives, pigments, leveling agents, flow modifiers, and other additives create a powder through a process of melting, mixing, cooling, and grinding.

How Does Powder Coating Work?

Once the elements are in powder form, electrostatic spray deposition (ESD) is used to apply the powder coating to the metal railing. The spray gun applies an electrostatic charge to the powder which is then attracted to the metal railing.

Once the powder coating is applied, it is cured with heat that causes a chemical reaction that produces long molecular chains which result in an incredibly durable finish.

Why Choose Powder Coated Steel Deck Railing?

Powder coating creates a highly durable finish for a steel deck railing that can help increase the longevity of the railing as well as enhance the aesthetics of the space. Powder coating is more durable than standard liquid paint and can hold up against impacts, moisture, chemical exposure, and ultraviolet light. It also protects against chips, scratches, corrosion, and fading.

Unlike paints that contain potentially harmful solvents, powder coating doesn’t create harmful solvents or pollutants. Traditional paints can release Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs) over time as it cures or ages which can cause harm and health problems for those who are exposed. Powder coating is considered non-toxic and doesn’t produce VOCs or pollution and is even safe to breathe, unlike paint and paint fumes.

Powder Coated VIVA Railings

VIVA Railings offers an extensive range of powder coating options for our steel and aluminum railing systems. Available infills include cable railings and perforated metal panel systems.

Standard Colors

Our standard colors range from Semi Gloss Black to Oyster White and include other attractive colors like Sepia Brown and Sparkle Silver. These more muted colors are the perfect addition to a modern or minimal design.

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Primary Colors

Our primary color selection offers a range of bright and vibrant colors that complete the look of high energy designs. They can be used on the entire railing system or in strategic elements to create a customized look.

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If a pop of color is all you need, consider choosing a dark powder coating color for the balustrades and a bright primary color for the railing, like in this design for the UTA Science, Engineering, Innovation & Research building in Arlington, TX. The bright railing stands in stark contrast to the dark infill panels for increased safety and to enhance the design.

Metallic Colors

Metallic powder coating helps the railing retain the metal look but allows for a wider selection of colors.

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Steel and aluminum railings as well as metal infills can be powder coated with our metallic finishes to give them a metallic sheen that can be incorporated into the larger design vision.

Customize the Components


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Some projects benefit from lots of color, in which case a powder coated metal perforated panel system may be the right choice. In other cases, more targeted color selections can make certain elements stand out.

In this custom powder coating selection for the Wexford 90 Building in Winston-Salem, NC, we customized our powder coating color to match Sherwin Williams Thermal Spring green, so the BLADE Stainless Steel Railing System could be integrated seamlessly into the larger design vision.

Powder Coated Steel Railings From VIVA Will Help You Achieve Your Design Vision

Not only does powder coating make stainless steel railings even more durable than they already are, they also add a design element that can help you achieve your larger design vision and aesthetic.

Our wide range of infill options is further enhanced by our array of powder coating colors and finishes. We want to make sure that our products fit seamlessly into your design, and offering these options help us to do just that.

Contact the experts at VIVA Railings today to see how our powder coating color options can help fulfill your design vision!