If you’re renovating your home or having an architect design a new one, you may need to consider adding balustrades to the property. Balustrades are barriers that can prevent people from falling if they are going down a flight of stairs or walking along the mezzanine of a second floor, and they can be used to limit access to your home’s swimming pool. Here are some considerations to keep in mind when choosing balustrades.
Outdoor Balustrade Options
Some homes will need outdoor balustrades to surround a pool area, to make balconies safer, and to provide a handhold for flights of stairs. Outdoor balustrades need to be made from durable materials to survive the elements, especially during heavy winds and storms. Some of the best options for balustrade materials are as follows:
- High grade stainless steel
- Safety glass
- Wrought iron
Some balustrade companies offer kits from which you can construct balustrades for outdoor and indoor areas.
Indoor Balustrade Options
If you’re blocking off a second storey landing or adding a balustrade for your stairs, many of the outdoor materials can be brought inside your home. However, you can also have timber balustrades designed for indoor spaces if timber is more appropriate to your home’s design aesthetic. Some of the timber choices include the following options:
- Tasmanian oak
- Victorian ash
- Spotted gum
There are many other hardwoods which you can choose from if timber is the material you want to use.
Maintenance of Balustrades
When deciding which materials to use for your balustrades, whether indoor or outdoor, you need to consider their maintenance. While most outdoor balustrades will be designed to withstand the elements, you still need to make sure they are not corroding due to exposure to moisture, and that they are kept clean. Indoors, you need to keep them clean, and both indoor and outdoor connectors must be checked to ensure that they are tight.
Although you may think of glass as being fragile, glass balustrade systems in Perth are designed with safety glass, so that if they happen to break, no one will be hurt from glass shards. However, whether indoors or outdoors, glass balustrades are designed to withstand inclement weather and constant use. They also are aesthetically pleasing and provide more light than some other balustrade systems do.
DIY or Builder
Once you decide which balustrades you want for your home, then you must decide whether to hire a builder or build them yourself. Some companies offer balustrade kits which you can put together like a puzzle. The kits come with everything you need for balustrades for the inside or outside of your home.
Since balustrades are for safety purposes, if you’re not sure what you’re doing, then hiring a builder may be the best option to protect you and your family.