Mirror or Satin? Choices, Choices, Choices…

Mirror or Satin? Choices, Choices, Choices…

It can be a difficult choice choosing a Mirror or Satin finish in stainless steel railing systems. Which is better? Well, we are here to give you some advice to help to make the choice a little bit easier.

Nothing is more sought after than Stainless Steel elements to be incorporated in homes and commercial spaces, stainless steel is a highly durable metal protected by a chromium oxide film that is produced when oxygen in the atmosphere reacts with chromium in the steel.

The longevity and strong aesthetic appeal of stainless steel makes the material one of the best options in the market for balustrades and handrails. Resistance to corrosion makes stainless steel a particularly good option for outdoor spaces that are exposed to the elements. The chromium in the stainless steel will react with more oxygen in the atmosphere when the surface is damaged, essentially repairing and restoring the surface to its original appearance.


When looking at your options of balustrading a Stainless-Steel balustrade can create a modern, contemporary look. It is a durable, hard wearing option for internal and external applications. It can withstand all types of environmental conditions, so you can trust it won’t need to replacement anytime soon.

A glass balustrading option really creates a ‘wow’ factor. It looks stylish and refined. Nothing is more impressive than glass balustrade being installed with discreet spigots or other frameless options. If you are looking to impress then a glass option would best suit you.


Mirror finish tends to show finger marks and other blemishes. Whilst easily cleaned with commercially available cleaners some will prefer satin as it is lower maintenance. Mirror finish is also less likely to ‘tea stain’. This is where small rust spots develop. Generally, nearer the ocean is where this issue may arise so its best to consider mirror over satin in that environment.

Ultimately it comes down to ‘the look’ you wish to achieve. Both products are equal structurally, so think about what factors are the most important to you.