A balustrade is a structure consisting of a rail and supporting posts, called balusters. The balusters are joined together and spread evenly apart. This forms a unit with a handrail on the top. Balustrading is the term used for the combination of the balusters and the handrail. They offer privacy and safety and are available in a variety of designs.
Where balustrades can be used
Aluminium balustrades can be used in a number of locations. They can be used in the public and commercial sector, as well as in and around residential properties.
Aluminium balustrades can feature different designs. Glass panels can be used, whilst the aluminium posts can be coated in a colour such as black, white, silver or grey. A frameless system can be used for a clear view. Or the aluminium balustrade can be coated in a colour and not feature any glass. The aluminium balustrade can feature lighting that is powered by electricity or solar energy. Aluminium balustrades can also be custom made to meet your requirements.
Frameless aluminium and glass balustrades
Frameless balustrades use toughened glass which is securely fitted together with the aluminium. Frameless balustrades should be attached to concrete or reinforced steel surfaces. They can be customised with different glass options, including frosted glass.
Privacy and security
Balustrades can be used to section off areas for privacy. Balustrades also lower the risk of people or objects falling from a higher area, such as a balcony, terrace or staircase. Due to the different design options available, aluminium balustrading can offer a barrier or support that is both practical and aesthetically pleasing. Therefore, it is suitable for any property or area.
Aluminium balustrades can be fitted by anyone; however, you can employ a contractor to install it for you. If you are installing the balustrade yourself, ensure that you have all the materials to hand. This includes glass, brackets, lights, handrails, glue, corner posts and infills. You should follow the instructions provided with the balustrade.
Aluminium balustrades should be cleaned often with a mixture of water and mild soap—the soap should not be abrasive. The powder coating should be maintained through waxing of the posts and handrail. These can be waxed with car wax.
Aluminium balustrades require more regular cleaning if they are to be placed in an area that is close to saltwater. This is to protect the aluminium balustrade from damage caused by the build-up of chemicals that travel in the air.