Nature Walks and Metal Paths
In the fairly recent past, at parks, zoos, walking trails, bridges, platforms and other outdoor scenic areas, typically guests would find that these walkways were constructed of wood. In many situations more recently however, these products have been occasionally replaced with metal counterparts. While some might argue that metal does not look as natural as wood, and may take away from feeling as if you are in the woods or marsh, in numerous ways it can provide a better solution. Metal options can be less slippery, wear less, are more corrosion resistant, stronger and able to provide several additional benefits.
To construct these walkways, bridges and various platforms bar grating is often employed. These products are able to provide safe, durable solutions. Further, there are many options available allowing for a great deal of flexibility when it comes to design requirements, making if possible to find the perfect option for the application. Bar grating is composed of a series of metal bars or gratings that have been either welded, riveted, swagged or locked. The bars are positioned to create a rectangular pattern by being placed an equal distance apart and joined by cross bars. Typical materials can include aluminum, steel, stainless steel, high strength fiberglass or a type of reinforced plastic.
Recent models have been created in decorative ways, some even painted to match and blend with surroundings. While there are the basic standard models available, for a specific park project many manufacturers are willing to create custom designs. As the technology for products such as these continues to be developed, we could easily end up seeing metal pathways that look like they blend in more than the wood version would. They are able to bring a sense of art to blend with the art of nature, making the walks even more fun, and much safer.