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Choosing the Right Balustrade for your Home

9/09/2014

A balustrade can be defined as ‘A railing held up by supporting posts’, used on balconies, staircases, perimeter fencing and around swimming pools.

Balustrading can be a stunning addition to any home, adding a beauty and boldness which can completely change appearance and give the wow-factor and design desired.

Incorporating balustrades into your home is simple – with a little planning ! Here are a few simple tips to help get you started;

  • Make a design feature of balconies or staircases, with designs incorporating both function and style that can transform an otherwise necessary safety feature into a stunning architectural statement.
  • Research to find products that you do and don’t like.
  • Cut out pictures from magazines, or display home brochures and keep them in a scrap book – one side for those that you like and the other for those that you don’t like. This way we can see the trend or direction of the style that you like.
  • Visit a reputable supplier. They have the product knowledge to guide you in the selection of products suitable for your home. Generally they will only recommend tried and proven systems that will give you peace of mind. In addition they may even be able to save you money. Make sure that their products meet the relevant Australian Safety Standards and BCA Codes. DO NOT compromise on safety!
  • Have a budget or price range in mind.
  • Take your house plans with you so that your supplier can see the location of the balustrades as well as dimensions.

Types of Balustrade Available at ABS;

  • Glazed
  • Stainless Steel
  • Aluminium
  • A combination of these materials (depending on indoor/outdoor use)

When choosing a material for your balustrade, there are many factors to consider, such as;

  • Indoor/Outdoor use
  • Safety
  • Cost
  • Strength & durability
  • Aesthetic appeal
  • Maintenance


View our Product Considerations & Comparisons blog for more information.

When you are ready to talk to your balustrade expert they may ask you the following questions – it will save time if you are prepared:

  • Are you looking for interior or exterior balustrading?
  • Do you have your house plans with you?
  • Do you have a style in mind?
  • What style of home are you building – contemporary, colonial, modern, industrial-look etc.
  • Where are you building? Are you near the coast?  For exterior balustrades you may wish to consider a marine grade (powder coated) aluminium product to minimise maintenance. A 15 year warranty is available. Always check the conditions of your warranty.
  • Type of Staircase Handrail – have you considered combining materials? You can mix materials for a unique appearance (e.g. Semi-frameless Glass with a Timber handrail).
  • What materials are you fixing the balustrade to? (Cement, Timber etc.)

 

Frequently asked questions:

Do I have to select the same balustrading throughout the house both indoors and outdoors?

  • Not necessarily – they just need to complement one another both in look and general colour.

Are there many colours to choose from?

  • Powder-coated products have over 30 colours to select from with new colours regularly being added to fit with current trends.

Can I design my own balustrade?

  • Yes you can. Discuss your vision with your chosen professional who will guide you

What things do I need to consider when selecting my balustrade?

  • Balustrading must conform to the Australian Safety Standards and Building Codes to ensure the area is safe for all concerned. This is particularly important where there are young children in the home or where a pool is being fenced because they may treat the balustrade as a ‘ladder’.

Are balustrades easy to clean? Will the aluminium/stainless steel rust?

  • Most balustrade can be easily cleaned  with soap and water.  Your supplier should provide you with cleaning instructions. Aluminium is a non-rusting product and can be used almost anywhere. Marine Grade 316 Stainless Steel (used by ABS) does not rust. However, it may not be suitable for outdoor use if you live near the coast, as it requires a lot of maintenance and cleaning. This is because the sea air causes a ‘Tea-Staining’ affect on the steel, which makes it look like it is rusting (this can removed with cleaning). Wrought Iron can deteriorate in coastal areas. For coastal living, you may want to consider using aluminium outdoors, which can be powdercoated to give a brushed/satin stainless steel finish. See also our blogs on Maintenance of Stainless Steel , Maintenance of Aluminium , and Maintenance of Glass .
     
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