A look into balustrade design

Balustrades are incredibly diverse… but why should you buy one?

A balustrade system could be just the ticket you need in order to add an element of style and sophistication to your business. Being a cornerstone of the commercial buildings we visit every day, balustrades provide safety for people accessing decks, stairwells and more. It’s important to remember that choosing the right balustrade can be a tricky process because it should fit both the needs of you and any members of the public that may enter your store. With this in mind, there are a number of factors to take into account before having a balustrade installed…

What exactly is a balustrade?

Balustrade systems can come in a number of forms, yet there are two main types of balustrade: those with handrails and those without. They are made from a number of materials and used to enhance safety in any building.

If you were to look at a stairwell, the balustrade consists of the small posts that connect either end of the railings together. A balustrade system will typically include a top and bottom rail, as well as any infill material. The infill is the protective barrier this lies in between the top and bottom rails.

An example of a balustrade in a business environment

The law requires that balustrades must be installed on the open side of a staircase or balcony. Even so, there are a vast range of systems to choose from, all of which provide benefits in style and safety.

Can you custom make a balustrade?

Having bespoke balustrades installed is an incredibly popular way to tailor the interior design of your premises. Installing custom made balustrades allows you to match the balustrade with the  needs and style of your property. You can choose from a vast range of materials and styles.

Choosing the perfect balustrade for business

Given that the balustrade is going to be installed in a commercial property, you’ll need to take into the account the overall safety of the system: it will be bound by safety requirements that it must meet.

What material should I choose?

Each material that you can choose for your balustrade will naturally have its own advantages and disadvantages – and will require varying levels of maintenance. Aluminium is a good choice in your commercial building, as it’s strong and an incredibly durable metal – one that holds fantastic resistance to corrosion. These advantages of the material are ideal for balustrades that will sit on the exterior of either a commercial or domestic building, as the material will be resistant to a number of weather conditions.

Architectural glass is a good choice for balustrades, as they offer a modern look that oozes both style and elegance. It’s most commonly used in shopping centres and government buildings as it’s an incredibly versatile design that can be made to fit your own building requirements. Although glass is viewed as a fragile material that can be broken easily, the glass that’s used in balustrades is often toughened up so it can withstand greater amounts of force.

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