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Wooden Balustrade Designs

Wooden Balustrade Designs

If you are overseeing a stairway or balcony project, most people immediately think timber balustrades as the obvious choice.  No doubt wooden balustrade designs are functional and attractive.  Whether it’s for a wooden balcony balustrade, a staircase or even wooden decking balustrades and handrails, good old fashioned timber does the job perfectly well.  But nowadays timber balustrade design can look a bit boring; the same old turned spindles and posts that you see everywhere!  For exceptional and original wooden balustrade designs you would need specialist craftsmanship and that comes with a hefty price tag.  Bespoke modern wooden balustrades are a premium niche product.  An increasingly popular alternative to standard timber balustrades is modern stainless steel and toughened glass.  At Balustrade UK we excel at this.  We offer a fantastic range of contemporary styles, all easily adapted to suit your needs.

Why Choose Metal or Glass for a Balustrade Design?

There are many benefits of a modern metal and glass balustrade system, as opposed to wooden balustrade designs.  Using new technologies and our own expert manufacturing processes, our balustrade systems provide superior strength and longevity.  The toughened glass of today is ideal for raised spaces, including balconies and landings, and steel railings will withstand considerable weight.  Timber balustrades are prone to joint weaknesses, especially as they age, and are easily damaged with minor knocks and scratches.  Wooden balustrade designs also need regular maintenance, be this paintwork, waxing or oil application.  Not so with our balustrade systems; hardwearing steel and glass balustrades only need an occasional light clean and are not easily damaged.

 

Garden Balustrade Wooden

Using timber for outside projects is fraught with potential problems.  Wooden decking balustrades and handrails, wooden balcony balustrades and exterior wooden banisters will sustain rain and other weather deterioration over time.  Unsightly cracks and splits will inevitably appear, as well as sun exposure.

Wooden Banister Rail UK

But for lovers of natural wood, our up-to-date materials can easily be mixed with wooden banister handrails.  Another elegant option is a glass balustrade with wood posts. Our design teams are happy to discuss your thoughts and help you come up with your own bespoke solution.

If you would like to have a chat about the pros and cons of wooden balustrade designs versus metal and glass, please get in touch today.  For more information and to register interest, please complete our Contact Form and request a call-back.

Modern Balustrades UK

Modern Balustrades

The world of contemporary banisters and handrails just got a whole lot bigger!  Gone are the days of being limited to traditional turned wood banisters and balustrades.  At Balustrade UK we are experts at designing, manufacturing and installing bespoke contemporary staircases.  We have embraced cutting edge technology and produce high-quality modern balustrade systems with contemporary banisters and handrails.

Contemporary Staircases UK

Add instant style to your home or business with stunning modern balustrade designs.  A modern stair banister, made from steel or toughened glass, will dramatically transform any interior or exterior space.  Our contemporary banister rails and modern balustrade designs offer unfussy, clean lines, as well as superior strength.  A modern balustrade system from Balustrade UK is low maintenance and extremely durable.  As our bespoke contemporary staircases are made from hard-wearing materials, signs of wear and tear are minimal.  What’s more, although contemporary banisters and handrails look luxurious and expensive, we are pleased to give cost effective solutions and exceptional value for money.

Modern Stair Banisters UK

Designing a bespoke contemporary staircase or modern balustrade may seem a daunting prospect.  That is why at Balustrade UK we have specialist teams to help with all aspects of installing the perfect modern balustrade system.  We can guide you through our stainless steel, wire and toughened glass contemporary banister and handrail ranges.  It is possible to have any combination of these materials so that you can customise your scheme as much as you like.  Our clever selection of fixtures and fittings means our modern balustrade systems can be easily adapted to fit anywhere.

Modern Banisters UK

To make your modern stair banister even more unique, take a look at our colour powder coating options.  We also have different steel finishes to choose from, including polished, mirror and satin.

Modern Decking Balustrade

All of our modern balustrade designs are equally suitable for indoor and outdoor use.  Our weather resistant products are ideal for contemporary garden layouts, including a modern decking balustrade, or modern balustrades for verandas or outside steps.

Contemporary Banisters UK: Get In Touch Today

So if you are considering a new or replacement staircase or balustrade, take a look at our Gallery Page for ideas.  Adding contemporary banisters and handrails is an increasingly popular choice.  For all types of buildings and gardens, from period homes to commercial retail stores, bespoke contemporary staircases are ideal.  If you would like more information and to register your interest, please fill in our Contact Form and request a call-back.

Stairs and Balustrades

Stairs and Balustrades

For new builds and renovations, the choice of materials for stairs and balustrades is bigger and better than ever before!  Advances in technology and competitive pricing means cutting-edge design is accessible to more and more people.  Modern materials such as stainless steel, metal wire and toughened glass are now very popular for balustrades, staircases and balconies.  These options work extremely well in both new building projects and in more traditional settings.  Metal and glass stairs and balustrades look stunning in commercial premises, as well as in the domestic sector.   At Balustrade UK we have designed and installed stairs, balustrades and handrails for the retail giants Jaeger and Moss Bros, to name but a few.  We have also done work for the Birmingham Symphony Hall and the University of Birmingham.  But the lion’s share of our activity is in housing and office space.  Contemporary, sleek and stylish stairs and balustrades are a fabulous way to add a touch of class to any home or workspace.  The added benefit of steel or glass stairs and balustrades is their suitability to indoor and outdoor use.  Completely weather resistant, low maintenance and hard-wearing, our stair balustrades and handrails are an ideal solution for many.

Stair Balustrades and Handrails

Choosing the right stairs and balustrades is an important decision for anyone.  That is why at Balustrade UK we offer full expert design and installation services.  Founded in 1982, we have years of technical know-how and constantly keep abreast of current fashions.  All of our stair handrails and balustrades are manufactured on site, always to the highest standards and using top quality materials.

Stair Handrail Height UK

We know our stuff, and ensure all legal requirements are met.  This includes making sure UK domestic stair handrail height is taken into consideration.   There are clear guidelines regarding handrail height stairs UK.  The position of the top of the stair handrail should be between 900 mm and 1000 mm from the pitch line of the floor.

We are centrally based in Dudley in the West Midlands, and manage projects throughout the UK.  This includes bespoke London schemes and many across the North.  So if you would like any further information about our stairs and balustrades, please get in touch today!  Just fill in our online Contact Form and a member of our staff will promptly give you a call and discuss your requirements.

Stainless Steel Balustrades

Steel Balustrades

Stainless Steel Balustrades UK

Stainless steel and glass balustrades are no longer exclusive to cutting edge architects and high-spec construction projects.  Nowadays we see stainless steel tube balustrades and steel and glass balustrade systems in a variety of settings.  This contemporary solution has become much more cost effective and accessible.  We not only see breathtaking stainless steel and glass balustrades in our public buildings and retail centres, but also in office premises and even our homes.  The democratisation of steel and glass balustrade technology means this design opportunity is possible for all of us. At Balustrade UK we supply premier steel and glass balustrade design, manufacture and installation services.  We welcome both commercial and domestic projects, either for interior or exterior spaces.  Steel and glass balustrade systems are perfectly suited to both inside and outside use.  They are hardwearing, low-maintenance and weather resistant.

Steel balustrade posts offer superior strength.  For balconies and landings they are ideal, and give added peace of mind.  We make all of our steel balustrade posts on-site, and guarantee the best quality materials.  There are a range of design preferences available for our steel balustrade posts, including mirror, polished and satin finishes.  Colour powder coating is another great way to customise steel balustrade posts.

Stainless Steel Handrails

A solid stainless steel handrail really does give a true sense of safety and reliability.  This is an excellent choice for stair handrails and walkways on uneven ground.  Stainless steel handrails are also very popular on balcony balustrade systems and verandas.  For efficient and safe installation we also produce a selection of stainless steel balustrade fittings.  This covers base and wall fixings, end caps and handrail brackets.  Please talk to our specialist design team to work out exactly what you would need.

Stainless Steel and Glass Balustrades

With steel balustrade posts there are a range of infill options.  These include steel rod system balustrades and wire system balustrades.  But probably our most popular infill for steel balustrade posts is heavy-duty, toughened glass.  Stainless steel and glass balustrades offer luxury and look effortlessly stunning.  Enhance your business or home with a top-of-the-range steel and glass balustrade from Balustrade UK.  Rest assured we supply stainless steel glass balustrade fittings to accommodate any layout.  If you would like more information about our comprehensive steel and glass balustrade services, please fill in our Contact Form for more details.

Outdoor Handrails

Outdoor Handrails

Outdoor handrails are an essential safety feature.  Who wouldn’t consider fitting robust handrails for outdoor steps?  Concrete steps are particularly dangerous, so strong outdoor handrails for concrete steps are a must.  And it goes without saying, outdoor handrails are absolutely necessary for balconies and raised verandas.  Outdoor handrails fitted to exterior walls are also helpful for slopes or uneven ground.  Deciding which material to use for outdoor handrails can be confusing, so here are some brief guidelines.

Outdoor Handrails: What are the choices?

Wooden outdoor handrails are usually the cheapest solution.  But when used outside, wood quickly suffers from weather exposure.  The changeable British climate means outdoors handrails made from wood will rot over time.  Painted and varnished finishes soon degrade and need regular maintenance treatment.   For these reasons, many people consider metal handrails for outdoor steps.  When it comes to metal handrails for outdoor steps, the two main choices are traditional outdoor iron handrails or more modern stainless steel outdoor handrails.

Wrought Iron Outdoor Handrails Versus Metal Handrails For Outdoor Steps

Wrought iron handrails for outdoor steps UK are often found at period properties and undoubtedly have a charming, traditional appeal.  Outdoor iron handrails are associated with craftsmanship and good old-fashioned British values.  It is not hard to imagine a blacksmith skilfully making outdoor iron handrails over a burning forge.  Although, if carefully looked after, outdoor iron handrails can last for years, they are susceptible to rust and other weather damage.  But the main negative point about wrought iron outdoor handrails is price.  Wrought iron outdoor handrails are labour-intensive and costly.  With stainless steel outdoor handrails you get the best of both worlds.  Outdoor handrails from Balustrade UK are elegant, luxurious and stylish, whilst at the same time being low-maintenance, weather-resistant and hard-wearing.  And what’s more, we offer exceptional value for money at competitive prices.

Metal Handrails For Outdoor Steps UK

At Balustrade UK we design and manufacture quality tubular steel outdoor handrail systems.  We offer bespoke design, allowing you to create perfect outdoor handrails to suit you.  Our outdoor metal handrails can even be colour powder coated for extra individuality.  If you are looking for a wrought iron outdoor handrail look, then black powder coating can achieve the same effect without compromising low-maintenance and weather-resistance.  For stunning and contemporary outdoor handrails, our handrail schemes will meet your expectations.  Our outdoor handrails work well with both period and new builds, so get in touch today for more information.

What is a Juliet Balcony?

What is a Juliet Balcony

A “Juliet balcony” is an exclusively British term, harking back to Shakespeare’s famous “Romeo and Juliet” balcony.  But a Juliet balcony is not a balcony in the normal sense of the word.  It is not a “walk on” type of balcony at all, but rather a guard or barrier placed on the outside of French doors situated on the first floor or higher levels.  A Juliet balcony offers dependable fall protection and an attractive, modern appearance.  We design, manufacture and fit Juliet balconies for both homes and the commercial sector, including apartments and office premises.  Our Juliet Balcony glass railings are made using quality materials and are skillfully crafted.  The result is beautiful stainless steel and glass Juliet balcony systems that give safety and style in equal measure.

Experts in Stainless Steel and Glass Juliet Balcony Design

‘Light’ and ‘Space’ are buzz-words in interior design these days.  What better way to flood upstairs spaces with light than with tall windows and French doors?  Large openings from upper stories shriek “DANGER” and that’s where our expertise in Juliet balcony installation comes in.  We make a stylish variety of Juliet balcony glass railings with steel supports and handrails.

Get the frameless look with a glass Juliet balcony.  Enjoy uninterrupted views from upper floors with a modern frameless glass Juliet balcony.  To give you complete peace of mind we only use industry standard toughened glass and our Juliet balcony glass rails are professionally fitted. We also offer other choices for Juliet balconies.  This includes stainless steel or a mild steel Juliet balcony.  Create your own bespoke scheme with a glass stainless steel Juliet balcony.

Juliet Balcony Rail Height

We make sure all building regulations are stringently followed.  The height of a Juliet balcony needs to be at least 1100 cm above floor level.  This is the legal limit to reduce the risk of a person falling over the Juliet balcony. We supply an excellent range of stainless steel Juliet balcony fittings, suitable for use with glass and steel railings.  Adding a steel handrail above a glass Juliet balcony is also popular.  We are very happy to discuss all the options and show you different ideas.  Our stainless steel and glass Juliet balcony prices are highly competitive and great value for money.  So get in touch today by using our contact form and request a call-back

Glass Banisters For Staircases

Glass Banisters for Staircases

Glass Banisters For Staircases

For inside and outside staircases, glass stair banisters make a luxurious and stylish statement.  Glass panel stair railings are manufactured by Balustrade UK, using only the highest quality toughened glass.   This means a glass banister meets current safety standards AND is the height of contemporary sophistication, all at the same time!

Glass Balustrade Internal Stairs

A glass panel stair railing looks effortlessly stunning, in both modern and traditional buildings.  Open up interior spaces with clean lines and state-of-the-art materials, allowing light to flow through a laminated glass balustrade.  Give interiors a spacious and uncluttered feel with a fashionable glass banister.  Our professional design team is available to help plan the perfect glass stair banister system to suit you.  At Balustrade Uk we make and fit bespoke glass banisters for staircases, to work within any home or commercial premises.  We offer a comprehensive range of customisable fittings and finishes for glass stair banisters.  From these design choices, you can adapt your scheme so that it is in keeping with your vision and tastes.   Options include a variety of tints for glass panel stair railings.  The posts and fittings used with glass banisters can also be chosen.  All are produced from stainless steel, but can have either a mirror, satin or polished finish.  For the ultimate in individual laminated glass balustrades you can add any colour or combination of colours to your project.  All our metalwork used with glass banisters can be colour powder coated to create unique visual impact.

Glass Handrails For Stairs

Once fitted, glass handrails for stairs require minimal maintenance.  The materials we employ are extremely hardwearing and scratch resistant.  For domestic use a light clean is all that is needed.  For commercial and exterior settings, a glass panel stair railing will withstand heavy handling and adverse weather conditions.  You can choose to have a frameless glass balustrade, so that the top edge of the glass panels acts as glass handrails for stairs.  The strength of the toughened glass we use means this is perfectly suitable.  Or you may opt for a stainless steel top rail, depending on the effect you wish to achieve.

Glass Panel Stair Railings

For more information about our services and product please get in touch today.  Fill in our Contact Form and request a call-back or arrange a no-obligation quote.  Take a look at our Gallery page for stunning examples of glass banisters for staircases and see what is possible from Balustrade UK.

How much to replace a Stair Railing?

How much to replace a stair railing

How Much To Replace Stair Railings?

Replacing handrails and a banister for stairs is without doubt a major undertaking.  Our work spans a range of scenarios; from renovations to new builds, from home improvements to large scale commercial projects.  No job is too big or too small for us!  We offer a stunning selection of banister replacement ideas.  Modern, contemporary design is what we are known for, using state-of-the-art toughened glass and stainless steel to create visionary staircases and balustrades.   So down to the nitty-gritty, what is the cost of our fantastic bespoke staircase railings?  How much does a stair banister cost from Balustrade UK, from initial survey and quotation, all the way through to the final fitting?  The simple answer is a lot less than you would expect.  Our expert teams and technicians supply bespoke staircase railings and installation at very attractive and competitive prices.  In fact, many of our customers say we gave the cheapest quote but provided the fastest and most efficient installation, reliable quality materials and excellent customer service.

Do you want a bespoke staircase railing?

If you have set your heart on a new, bespoke staircase railing or balustrade, you have definitely come to right place!  We guarantee professional and expert assistance, and will not be beaten on price.  What’s more, at no point do we compromise on first-class and cutting-edge design.  We have been a forerunner in this industry for over 35 years and you will not find a competitor offering as much expertise and value for money.  Once installed, our bespoke staircase railings or a banister for stairs are hard-wearing and low-maintenance.  They require little upkeep and will remain looking in tip-top condition for years to come.  So factor this into the new banister cost.  You will never have to periodically spend money on upkeep and repairs.

Banister Replacement Ideas

Whatever your budget, at Balustrade UK we are happy to find a balustrade solution to suit you.  We have worked with leading commercial brands and civic projects, such as Sainsbury’s, Louis Vuitton and the University of Birmingham to name but a few.  But we also very much enjoy small scale projects, like internal and external bespoke staircase railings, balconies or a new banister for stairs.  Take a look at our Gallery for banister replacement ideas for your home or business.  Get in touch today to find out how much to replace stair railings or a banister with Balustrade UK.

Powder Coated Balustrades

Powder Coated Balustrades

How A Powder Coated Balustrade Can Make Your Home Or Business Stand Out From All The Rest

Our fabulous balustrade systems, for both residential and commercial premises, are effortlessly stylish and contemporary.  But we pride ourselves on the great range of additional personalised touches we offer clients.  Powder coated handrails and balustrades are a marvellous way to infuse colour into a space.  Our design team are on hand to discuss possibilities and illustrate how you can integrate colour into your plan.

Powder Coated Hand Railing

Powder coated railings and infills are in-demand with our customers.  For public buildings like schools, brightly coloured powder coated handrails for interior and exteriors steps look cheerful and welcoming.  In gardens and on balconies, green powder coated balustrades are especially attractive.  Powder coating gives you the opportunity to tie together design themes within your home.  Whether purple, pink or blue is your signature colour, we will find a shade to match from our extensive spectrum.  If you would like to mix it up and have a variety of different powder coated handrails, anything is possible.  If you are just considering a small balustrade project, for instance a single powder coated handrail, we are happy to help.  We work with any size layout and are very flexible.  The versatility of our powder coated finishes is incredible, and the limits are only set by your imagination!

Maintenance of Powder Coated Balustrade Systems

Powder coating is a new alternative to spray and conventional wet painting.  High quality polyester dry powder is applied with an electrostatic spray to metal.  This is further treated at high temperatures to give a durable, smooth and scratch-resistant finish.  Powder coated balustrades are very hardwearing, so suitable for outdoor and indoor use.  Powder coated handrails and balustrades require little maintenance, except for occasional light cleaning.

Powder Coated Glass Balustrades

Powder coated balustrade systems are available with a selection of infill options, including toughened glass, steel wire and mesh panels.  A powder coated glass balustrade looks stunning, with clear glass contrasting dramatically with a colour frame.  Many people like to have sturdy handrails with glass panels, and the choice of powder coated glass handrails is very popular.

For More Information on Powder Coated Balustrades

If the thought of adding a bit of colour is appealing, please get in touch to find out more.  Fill in our contact form and we will give you a call back to discuss the powder coated balustrade process in more detail.

Balustrades for Residential Buildings

Residential Balustrades

Balustrades For Residential Buildings

The days when traditional wooden residential balustrades were the only option are over!  Today our choices are so much more interesting and varied.  Fresh contemporary styles, using a mix of modern materials, are now accessible to all.  It is not just the Hollywood jet-set or the upper echelons of society who can afford fabulous new design technology.  Sleek glass balustrades for residential buildings or cutting-edge metal residential handrails are now a real interior alternative for us all.  With the help of companies like Balustrade Uk, ultra-modern staircases and balustrades are now feasible for your home.  Formerly such breath taking schemes could only be found in cutting edge architectural projects or grand commercial plans.  Now you can choose bespoke residential balustrades and residential hand railings to suit.  Balustrades for residential buildings from Balustrade UK are completely customisable. Our residential balustrade designers are available to run through ideas, give advice and come up with a plan to suit you.

Glass Residential Railing And Balustrade Options

Toughened glass is a revolutionary development in material science.  Previous safety issues were the obvious reason why glass could not be used for residential balustrades.  But new toughened glass is extremely hardwearing and strong, so safety is no longer a concern.  This opens up the possibilities enormously.  Glass balustrades for residential buildings allow more light to flood into interior spaces.  They create attractive uncluttered and minimalist layouts. For balconies and raised garden spots a glass residential balustrade gives an unbroken view of your outlook. They can also act as a clever ‘window’ onto what lies behind; show original period architectural features through a glass residential balustrade.

Metal For Residential Handrails and Residential Balustrades

We use high quality stainless steel for our metal residential balustrades and residential hand railing.  A stainless steel residential balustrade system can be fitted in a range of different configurations and finishes.  The tubular steel components come in a selection of dimensions; chunky through to slender rods.  You can also choose between a satin, polished or mirror finish.  Colour powder coating is another fun idea.  A metal residential balustrade system is a practical, no-nonsense solution.  At the same time metal residential balustrades remain classically appealing, with clean lines and a modernist twist.

Residential Balustrades from Balustrade UK

Our experts work closely with customers, architects, designers and building professionals to create beautiful residential balustrade systems.  Throughout we maintain high build standards and offer full design and installation services.