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Stainless handrails

So I'm thinking of replacing my teak handrails with stainless ones and have had a quote for 24" rails (two each side) which seems appealing. How much are these likely to expand in the heat (hah, assuming we ever get any up this way), and therefore how to mount them to allow for any expansion without causing leaks, splitting or anything else fun? Am I correct in thinking the thermal expansion of stainless is almost the same as GRP and therefore this is a non-issue?
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It's a non-issue. Bed and attach them as you would anything else on deck. My stainless handrails - one 40" + section each side - have been there for 34 years without problems.
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And they never need varnishing.

I'm lucky as CS didn't use any teak on deck. The only wood outside is my 2 companionway drop boards.
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That's kinda my motivation too Actually the ones that are on there need sanding and varnishing, and they just don't feel very secure so figure rather than spending money on sandpaper and varnish, I could just spend money on modern material instead
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Stainless isn't inexpensive but it is basically maintenance free and lasts decades.
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It's not too bad actually, around $30-$35 for a 24" handrail so roughly the same as teak.
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Off the shelf fits - great.
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