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Balustrades, banisters and handrails: What’s the difference?

Are you planning to get a new staircase fitted? If so, there will be a number of decisions that will need to be made – an important one being which stair handrails you would prefer.
Once you begin your search you may become overwhelmed by the amount of options that are available, also there may be some terms that you won’t be familiar with – one of the most common mix-ups people make is between balustrades, banisters and handrails…

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7 types of balustrade for your interior design project

Balustrades are railings usually seen around stairwells or balcony’s that prevent accidents. There’s a variety of types of balustrades that are often dependant upon the material they are constructed from. Prior to constructing a balustrade, it is ideal to familiarise yourself with your choices before deciding on a type…

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From July 1st 2014 your Balustrade must be CE marked

1. From 1st July 2013, the Construction Products Regulation (CPR) came fully into force. This means that it will be mandatory for products covered by a harmonised European standard (hEN) to have CE marking.  For help finding out whether your products are covered by a hEN, please use our CE marking enquiry form

2. CE marking for products not covered, or not fully covered, by a hEN will be voluntary and available via the European Technical Assessment (ETA) route.

3. Requirements relating to CE marking can be found in the hEN’s Annex ZA or the European Technical Assessment (ETA).

4. Under the CPR, the whole supply and distribution chain must take responsibility, which means that not only manufacturers but their importers and distributors need to be aware of any essential characteristics or specific requirements of member states.

5. Organisations, like the BBA, need to be notified to carry out work relating to CE marking.

6. Insurance may become invalid if non CE products are used.

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…

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