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?

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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

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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

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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.

How To Fit A Stair Handrail That Works With Your New Balustrade System

How to fit a stair handrail

We specialise in stylish and innovative toughened glass and stainless steel balustrade systems for all types of staircases.  This includes stairwells and landings in domestic interiors and in commercial premises.  We also design and fit stunning balconies, stairs and terrace balustrades in gardens and other exterior spaces.  Minimalist styling is where we excel.  But however uncluttered you want the final scheme to be, safety can never be ignored!  By adding a handrail to stairs you are helping to safeguard against accidents and tumbles.  We all want our homes to be a haven of security and comfort.  And undoubtedly we also feel it is our right to be protected and assisted in our work place and recreational areas.  So fitting a stair handrail is absolutely essential if you are going to achieve acceptable safety standards.  But don’t despair because we have some fantastic handrail ideas and solutions.  We can show you how to put a handrail on stairs without compromising elegant design and visual impact.

Comply With Building Regulations And Install Stair Handrail

Current building regulations dictate that any staircase, interior or exterior, that is less than 1 metre wide MUST have a handrail on one side.  This is the case for most interior staircases.  If mobility issues are likely to be an issue you can choose to fit a stair handrail to both sides, possibly to a wall.  Many customers are unsure how to install a stair railing to wall surfaces.  Be reassured as we have a whole catalogue of clever and well-made fittings to achieve a tailored solution.    An extra wall-mounted handrail will keep little ones and family members out of harm’s way.  At the same time we ensure that additional handrails do not compromise the overall appeal and sleek design.

If your staircase is wider than 1 metre you will need to install stair handrails on both sides.  In all circumstances the first two steps do not require a handrail on either side.

How High Should Handrail Be On Stairs

The basic rule of thumb is that a stair handrail should have a minimum height of 900 mm.  This applies to both domestic and public stairs.  Balustrades on landings must be at least 1100 mm high.  At Balustrade Uk we always work these rules into every balustrade project.

Fitting A Stair Handrail From Balustrade UK

We design and manufacture tubular stainless steel handrail systems.  These are made to be compatible with all of our balustrade systems and can be expertly fitted by our installation technicians.  Mirror and satin finishes are available, as is colour powder coating. We also provide an extensive range of infill options.  All of these require fitting a stair spindle system.  The finished balustrade will have a sequence of fitted vertical stair spindles supporting your infill material of choice.  How to fit a stair spindle is another question voiced by our clients.  Once again, it is all part of our fully customized service to offer full installation by skilled fitters.  They will know exactly how to install stair spindles in your bespoke scheme.  Our professionals install stair spindle designs, handrails, infills … in fact the entire balustrade system!  Call today on 01384 252 342 or use our Contact Form for more information and to arrange a quote.

Types of Balcony Railings

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Having a balcony allows you to access much needed space when there is no outdoor area, or limited access to the outdoors. Today there is so much choice available in terms of materials, style and function of the balcony railing. Below we explore some of the different types of balcony railings that are available and the advantages and disadvantages of using these different railings in your home.

Metal balcony railings

Metal balcony railings have been incredibly popular for a long time, and for very good reason. They can be made from a variety of different metals, and can be personalised in varying patterns and arrangements. Metal is also strong and long-lasting and provides a sturdy and stable support barrier. If you have young children, metal balcony railings may not be your best option, especially if children can wriggle easily through the gaps. A solid balustrade railing system would be preferable instead.

Stainless steel is a popular choice of metal, as it is functional, stylish, sleek and provides an ultra-modern look to the exterior of your balcony. You can also choose from a range of finishes, such as a mirror finish or matte. The real beauty of stainless steel is that it only requires minimal care and low maintenance.

Glass balcony railing systems

Glass balcony railing systems have become increasingly popular over recent years. But are they right for you? The glass balustrade can be made entirely of glass to give a seamless finish, or it can incorporate a metal railing or a glass balcony railing, so you do have some choice in terms of the final finish. The glass balustrade is the integrated supports and railing of a balcony wall. As the wall is made of glass, you gain privacy, which can also help buffer unwanted noise. Another huge bonus is that it lets in light, so is advantageous in small outdoor spaces, or on a balcony that does not receive much natural light.

One disadvantage is that it will require regular cleaning to keep it fresh looking, as do all things glass.

When considering a balcony railing detail in regards to security, you may not find glass balcony panels to be the safest option. However, there are now many safe options, such as using toughened glass panels for balconies that not only withstand high temperatures, but if broken, shatter into very small pieces, and not shards of glass.

Juliet balcony railings

The Juliet balcony is a small balcony area that is usually accessed from a flat or other building with no outside space. Juliet balcony railings ideally should be attractive, safe and functional. So what are the choices? Toughened glass panels in combination with metal balcony railings made from stainless steel, are the ideal option as they let in available light, helping to open up the space. Wrought iron is another option, but this can darken the outside space and they do need regular maintenance.

Using plants as part of the railing system

If you love gardening, but don’t have a garden, then the balcony railing planter is a great option for you. Choose a glass balustrade made from toughened glass and then incorporate the balcony railing planter. The glass will open up your space, provide light and shelter for your plants, and the planters will provide the perfect home for you to enjoy your plants and flowers in full bloom.

If you are searching for a high-quality toughened glass balustrade or stainless steel balcony railings in the UK, then Balustrade UK can help you. Please do browse our website, fill out the online form or give us a call today.

Glass Balustrade Prices

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A balustrade can become a true focal point of your home if you go with the right style. Wooden ones have been used for many years, so why not add a contemporary element to your home with a glass balustrade? It will be one of the first things people see when they walk into your home and can make a great impression. It will get your guests talking with envy, and you’ll have countless requests as to where you got it from. Balustrade UK have a beautiful selection of glass balustrades for you to choose from to suit your home. With some of the most competitive glass balustrade prices in the UK, you are bound to find one that fits your decor and budget.

What designs are there to choose from?

There are a few different styles that you can opt for, but all depends on your tastes and what you think will complement your home. Whether you live in a more traditional home or have a contemporary space there will be a glass balustrade at the right price for you.

If you live in an apartment then you may not have a staircase that you can add the finishing touch to. What you can do is dress the outside of your window with a sleek and stylish Juliette Balcony . This balcony gives you the opportunity for both style and practicality. This adds an extra barrier of protection so that you can feel secure in your home as well as the chance to add a touch of horticulture to your home. Living in an apartment may not offer you many chances to keep living plants, but with the Juliette balcony you can attach baskets or even herb boxes to it that will brighten up your window.

Have more space to play with? Then you could decide to go with an option such as a frameless glass balustrade. These elegant designs will add an open plan and fluid feel to your space. It will make your living space feel more expansive thus giving the illusion of space. The frameless glass balustrade prices you’ll find here at Balustrade UK are phenomenal; you won’t believe what you can afford to add that certain je ne sais quoi to your home.

How much does a glass balustrade cost?

Depending on what type you go for will depend upon the cost of your balustrade. Traditionally if you were to choose a glass balustrade that is constructed using stainless steel posts, the cost can vary per metre, and the glass will be typically around 10 mm thick.

If you went for a balustrade using 15 mm thick glass, then the price would generally increase. The simple reason for the price fluctuation is that it takes more time and money to make the thicker, tougher glass which is therefore reflected in the price.

Another factor that can change the cost is the weight of the balustrade that you choose to have installed. The greater the weight, the more engineering that goes into fixing it into place, meaning that it will cost more if the product is heavier.

If you’re looking for a competitive glass balustrade price per metre, we can help. We offer a cheap glass balustrade UK service so you can be safe in the knowledge that you will be getting excellent value for money. So what are you waiting for? Get online today and look at what Balustrade UK can offer you for your home. With excellent customer reviews, you can put your faith in us thanks to our years of experience and expertise. Contact us today for your perfect glass balustrade.

Find Inspiration For Glass Balustrades In London

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If you have set your heart on a glass balustrade for your home or business, choosing the right design can be a daunting prospect.  Looking at successfully completed projects is a great way to start getting ideas.  As a city rich in architectural innovation, culture and history, our nation’s capital is the perfect sourcebook for inspiration. In recent years architects have embraced new toughened glass technology to bring a wealth of glass stairways and balustrades to London homes, commercial premises and public buildings.  So there really is no better place to start looking at glass balustrade, stairwell or balcony schemes.

Glass Balustrades In London Homes

Across London all types of homes have used glass balustrades effectively.  Glass balustrades allow you to retain open views and at the same time do not compromise striking original features.  This is particularly successful when employed as a Juliet balcony on the countless Georgian, Victorian and Edwardian facades in the streets of Islington, Chelsea and other well-heeled London districts.  A glass balustrade in London does not conceal beautiful and elegant windows, brickwork or arches.

The beauty of glass balustrades in London is that they blend with most interiors and exteriors.  So from sophisticated townhouses, to large apartment developments, glass balustrades London prove a fashionable and cost-effective option.  Looking at Canary Wharf you will see numerous balconies with glass balustrades.  The overall impression is modern, light and very stylish.  Don’t be fooled into thinking glass is dangerous for tall buildings.  All glass balustrades London are made using shatterproof and extremely strong toughened glass.

Glass balustrades London can also seem futuristic, with minimalist lines and no-nonsense functionality.  A glass stair balustrade London will reflect light inwards and give the illusion of a larger, uncluttered interior.  You will find examples of these clever, space saving designs dotted around residential areas of the city. For larger, more exclusive London properties, glass balustrades signal luxury.  In Kensington and Knightsbridge see swanky glass balustrade staircases, roof terraces and glass patio balustrades London.

Glass Balustrades In London’s Public Buildings

Nowhere will you see how versatile and beautiful glass balustrades can be than in London’s museums and galleries.  Their durability, easy maintenance and undeniable visual style means glass balustrades are everywhere. For instance, take what the Tate has done at its 2 London sites.  The Rotunda Spiral Staircase at Tate Britain is classic, sophisticated and complements the Victorian architecture perfectly.  At Tate Modern they have taken a more dramatic and futuristic approach, with wide glass and metal vistas.  This in itself shows how well glass balustrades in London can be adapted to fit the period of a building. Amongst the other notable public buildings, have a look at the Victoria & Albert Museum for diverse use of public balustrades in London.  Often used as inconspicuous walkways and in stairwells, they are functional without hiding the wonderful architecture beneath.  But in the Jewellery Gallery there is a high impact, spectacular glass balustrade spiral stairwell.

London Glass Balustrades in Commercial Buildings

Glass balustrades in London are used throughout high-end business and retail establishments.  In the financial district there are glass balustrades on roof terraces, with unbroken views of St. Pauls and the stunning skyline.  Inside banks and department stores, staircases, mezzanines and landings look sleek and chic with glass balustrades.  For hip young areas like Camden and Notting Hill, cafes, bars and boutiques look fresh and stylish with glass balustrades London.

When looking at the huge number of glass balustrades in London you can see how completely adaptable this type of balustrade can be.  At Balustrade UK we offer complete bespoke design and manufacture to suit.  Be inspired by the fabulous examples of glass balustrades London, and call us today on 01384 252 342 to talk about your project.