Balustrades form an important design element of any home or building both aesthetically and because of the safety aspect that they provide. Whether inside or outside of a building, a staircase needs sufficient balustrades to make it safe and secure.

In commercial and public buildings, there are both safety and legal issues to take into account and balustrades are installed with these considerations in mind.

You will need to select the type of balustrade that complements the design of the building, with the right make-up and specifications to provide the level of safety required. The following factors will affect which balustrade option you choose for your home or building:

  • The aesthetic appeal or architecture of the home or building – buying big bulky balustrades with steel frames might ruin the aesthetics of a modern and sleek home. For the ultra modern home with big glass windows and gorgeous views, you will probably want to invest in frameless glass balustrades. Metal balustrades are a more popular option for the industrial corporate building, as they are extremely sturdy and provide the type of safety that such environments demand.
  • Maintenance requirements and durability of the available options – this is often affected by the location of the home. For instance, a coastal home will require more maintenance than a home situated inland. Glass balustrades sit in sleek frameless panels, which can be easily wiped down with a mild detergent to keep them looking clean. Metal balustrades won’t rust or tarnish too easily if they are kept clean and dry. Wooden balustrades, while visibly pleasing initially, can warp and show wear and tear easily, which means that they require considerably more care in terms of maintenance.
  • If space is an issue keep the balustrades simple yet functional. While aesthetics are important, safety and functionality should be your main priority.

At Aluview we present a range of both metal and glass balustrades for most installations. Both of these options are designed for the ultimate safety of our clients. Contact us at Aluview for more information and advice today and one of our knowledgeable consultants will help you to make the right choice for your home or building.