Metal Crash Rail - Not Just For Labs Anymore

Posted by   Rose Davis

Metal Crash Rails - Not Just for Labs Anymore


Until recently, 1/4" thick stainless steel and aluminum crash rail systems were used almost exclusively in laboratory and research facilities. This blog will explore the fast growing popularity of this product and its expanding use in other applications.

Metal bar crash rail systems are well suited for laboratory environments because they are easy to clean, are chemical resistant, and have a durable surface finish that will not crack or splinter.  Metal crash rail systems are still being used in these facilities, but lately, architects and designers are taking advantage of their visual appeal. Not only does metal crash rail provide superior wall and door protection, it also provides a sleek, contemporary look. As a result, this product is being specified for both its functionality and the aesthetics of exposed metal. has responded to the growing popularity of this product by expanding options to meet our customers’ specific project requirements.

In addition to standard 4" wide bar, we also offer 2", 3", and 6" bar to address a wider range of protection requirements and aesthetic preferences. While our popular I-Beam mounting bracket remains a favorite, we also offer brackets in Z-Shape stainless steel and anodized aluminum tube. Each of these is available in a wide range of projections. We have expanded our mounting options by offering a welded aluminum floor post which is available in many heights and sizes. Crash rail and bracket combinations that allow for exposed or hidden hardware are available.

With the growing popularity of diamond tread plate for wall and door protection, introduced the 2183, a 1/4" thick aluminum diamond tread plate bar for crash rail systems.  This product is installed by itself or in conjunction with the 2447 diamond plate wainscoting panels and 2341 diamond plate corner guards, for complete protection and a complete look. metal crash rail systems are generally custom designed for each project. The Engineering and Production departments lay-out each system, such that each piece is cut, punched, bent and numbered based on an approval drawing. In addition to this service, is the first in the industry to offer crash rail for purchase through our website. For example, if your hotel only needs a 4' long crash rail with two end returns for use in a luggage or laundry area, it can simply be ordered online! There is no layout or approval process required.

Historically, the metal crash rail was used exclusively on walls. Not anymore! More and more facilities are augmenting door protection while eliminating damage and maintenence with's 2181 DP Stainless Steel Door Protectors.  Just like the stainless steel wall systems the door protectors are available in 3",4", and 6" widths. They too can be ordered online!

In conclusion, this durable and versatile material can be quoted and ordered as an entire custom system, or now piece by piece in areas or on doors throughout any type facility.