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.

What is a Balustrade?

Blog Image What is a balustrade

So What Is A Balustrade?

You may have heard interior designers and builders alike talking about ‘balustrades’, ‘balusters’ and ‘banisters’…  To a lot of people, especially those who will only have to deal with staircase construction once in their lives, this can be a little confusing.  So we will now debunk the jargon and get to the nub of exactly ‘what does balustrade mean?’ and then explain the difference between baluster and balustrade.  By defining balustrade and baluster you will have a much clearer insight into the terms associated with staircases.  These basics are at the heart of what we do at Balustrades UK; designing, manufacturing and installing cutting-edge, stylish and luxury balustrades for all types of homes, commercial premises and public spaces.

What Does ‘balustrade’ mean and how would you define ‘baluster’?

How can we define balustrade and define baluster?  Let’s turn initially to the Oxford English Dictionary for a basic balustrade meaning and baluster definition.  For reasons that will soon become evident, we will deal with the meaning of baluster first of all.

  • Baluster definition: A short decorative pillar forming part of a series supporting a rail

Once you can define baluster as the repetitive upright supports to the main rail, known as the ‘banister’ rail, you can begin to understand the visual design choices available to you.  We offer a great range of baluster rod supports in stainless steel.  They can be further customized by colour powder coating and various other finishes.  If this type of support is not to your liking, we have alternative options such as toughened glass and strengthened metal wire.

  • Balustrade definition: A railing supported by balusters, especially one forming an ornamental parapet to a balcony, bridge, or terrace.

In a nutshell, the balustrade refers to the whole railing or barrier system, not just the individual components.  We know the job of a balustrade is to provide safety and strength.  With our balustrade systems you have choices of what you use to fulfil the supportive role of balusters.  We have added to traditional balustrade design with the incorporation of innovative new materials.  These do the job of traditional spindly wooden balusters, acting as efficient ‘baluster’ supports.  Now that you know the difference between baluster and balustrade, we leave you to think about the stunning possibilities Balustrade Uk has to offer.

Garden Balustrade Ideas

Blog Image Garden Balustrade Ideas

At Balustrade UK we offer an exclusive and stylish range of high quality outdoor balustrade systems.  Our outdoor balustrades and handrails are extremely versatile.  You can customize a complete external balustrade system to suit individual requirements.  Here are just some ideas for great garden balustrades.


Wooden decking is a popular addition to many gardens.   We supply luxury stainless steel, glass and wire external balustrades that give wooden decking a contemporary and up-market feel.  For raised decking areas they are ideal.  But even on the flat, a garden balustrade is the perfect way to set clear garden boundaries.  Our wooden decking balustrades and handrails are suitable for exterior use as they are highly weather resistant and hard-wearing.  Choose from stainless steel upright posts with horizontal or vertical metal rods.  Another idea is a stainless steel wire decking balustrade.   Both will give decking spaces a high impact, contemporary appeal.  Toughened glass decking balustrade panels are also very attractive.  Why not add a stainless steel decking banister rail for more protection.

The Appeal of Glass Garden Balustrades

External glass balustrades maintain an unbroken view from anywhere in your garden, especially in raised or hilly areas.  Imagine you look out onto rolling hills and fields; the last thing you would want to do is interrupt your vista with bulky fencing or posts.  Glass garden balustrades are the ideal solution, and can be frameless or with stainless steel handrails.  Glass garden balustrades are adaptable to any environment, and look equally at home in both traditional and modern garden schemes.  Indeed they are a fantastic way to add strength and height to existing stone walls and architecture.  You can still enjoy the beauty of antique masonry whilst having the advantages of a more secure external glass balustrade.

Stainless steel does not have to mean shiny and grey.  We offer a bespoke powder coating service so that you can have whatever colour you like for your outdoor balustrade.  Green, blue and red are very popular.  Our toughened glass outdoor balustrade panels can also be adapted, with various finishes including clear, bronze, green, grey, satin and sandblast.

Balconies and Verandas; Outdoor Balustrades and Handrails

Make balconies and verandas extra special with our custom designed external balustrades.  Style is never compromised for safety with our low-maintenance, sturdy and luxurious outdoor balustrades and handrails.  External glass balustrades on balconies are an eye-catching feature and offer uninterrupted views.  We offer a full design service and complete installation.  Get in touch today to find out how we can help bring your garden balustrade ideas to life!

Three Of The Best Balustrade Designs For Style Savvy Enthusiasts

Top 3 balustrades

There once was a time when staircases and balustrades were a pretty uniform affair.  Except for the extremely wealthy, banister designs and balustrades were made of wood, either with traditional turned vase spindles or simplified geometric schemes.  But interesting and cutting edge balustrade design is no longer the preserve of the rich.  Fabulous new balustrade designs, manufactured in a range of high spec materials, are now available at competitive prices.  Wood remains a favourite choice for many, but we can now offer a selection of contemporary options, such as stainless steel and toughened glass.  At Balustrade UK we offer an entire design, manufacture and installation service to meet this growing market.  We will now go into a bit more detail about the nation’s 3 most popular and best balustrade designs.  These are steel balustrades, glass balustrades and wooden balustrades.

Steel Balustrade Designs

The appeal of metal is obvious.  It is clean, modern and perfect for minimalist projects.  Our experts can design and fit bespoke balustrade systems made completely from tubular stainless steel.  It goes without saying that steel balustrades are ideal for exteriors.  Metal balustrade designs are largely impervious to weather conditions, require little maintenance and are very strong.  This makes them suitable for balconies and garden terraces.  But steel balustrades designs also work extremely well within homes and commercial buildings.  If you are expecting a staircase to be busy, with large footfall, then steel balustrade designs are an obvious choice.

Glass Balustrade Designs

The simple beauty of glass is undeniable.  It gives a sense of space and extra light when used in interiors, and an open, uninterrupted view when used outside.  By using modern toughened glass they are also very safe.  Glass balustrade designs give a luxurious feel to interiors and exteriors alike, and are extremely versatile.  Open up antique features in a period home by having an oak staircase with glass balustrade.  Or create a modernist vista in a large, urban building.

Wooden Balustrade Designs

Wooden balustrades have certainly stood the test of time.  For years there were no alternatives and wooden balustrades did the job well enough.  Hard wood balustrades are prohibitively expensive for the most of us, so pine is mainly used instead. This is a soft wood so vulnerable to knocks and scratches.  Pine also requires maintenance as it should be painted or treated on a regular basis.  No doubt natural wood is a fine thing.  Elm or oak balustrades look wonderful and can be carved for extra detail.  But bear in mind the cost implications and have a think about other good quality options.

A Combination Of Steel, Glass And Wooden Balustrades

Of course, in today’s world you are not limited to just one material when deciding upon a balustrade design.  Steel, glass and wooden balustrades work beautifully together, in a range of combinations.  Imagine how stunning an oak handrail with glass panels would look!  And metal banister designs with glass are an instantly striking mix.  Please contact us today on 01384 252 342 to discuss how we can help you with your balustrade designs.