Types of balustrades and why we need them

Types of balustrades and why we need them

In New Zealand, a balustrade is legally required wherever there is a drop of more than a metre. This will include some staircases (internal and external), balconies and decks. From glass balustrades to wooden balustrades, wrought iron balustrades and aluminium balustrades, there are plenty of options to suit any design scheme.

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In New Zealand, a balustrade is legally required wherever there is a drop of more than a metre. This will include some staircases (internal and external), balconies and decks. From glass balustrades to wooden balustrades, wrought iron balustrades and aluminium balustrades, there are plenty of options to suit any design scheme.

Why do I need balustrades?

To meet the requirements of the New Zealand Building Code, approved balustrades must be installed if there is a drop where the fall will be more than one metre. Whether indoor, outdoor, a pool balustrade or decking balustrade or even commercial balustrades, ask yourself these three important questions before installing.

Balustrades by Architectural Aluminium Installations
Balustrades by Architectural Aluminium Installations

What is the best material for my balustrades?

Wrought iron is a popular and stylish option for balustrades – both indoors and out. A robust material, wrought iron can thrive in all weather conditions, and is often preferred in outdoor settings to aluminium or timber which may rust or rot.

Wood remains a solid option and one that better suits the aesthetics of an earthy outdoor theme or a more rustic-inspired décor. While they are susceptible to rain, humidity and insects and therefore may need to be stained and treated regularly, they are easily painted to meet personal preference, they are sturdy and can be carved for added individual flair.

Is glass a good type of balustrade?

Glass balustrades are a popular option as they create minimum obstruction and can prove a stylish addition – whether legally required or not. Semi-framed and frameless glass can be a more stylish option and offer the least obstruction, but comes at a higher cost than framed glass balustrades.

How safe are glass balustrades?

Typically made with tempered safety glass, glass balustrades are, in many ways, safer than traditional railing systems as they don’t have openings, making it impossible for small children or pets to fall through.

And, while wood will deteriorate over time, glass balustrades with stainless steel fasteners will never lose their structural integrity.

Full Height Aluminium Post Balustrade System by Haynes Glass
Full Height Aluminium Post Balustrade System by Haynes Glass

What are the best outdoor balustrades?

Owing to its strength and durability, wrought iron is one of the most popular choices for outdoor balustrades. Stainless steel balustrades are another increasingly popular choice, with their timeless appeal and choice of protective coatings to protect from water damage or tea staining that would otherwise occur when exposed to sea spray.

Glass is an obvious consideration for decks on account of its minimal obstruction of view, but other options include strand wire and aluminium.

 

Learn more about balustradesProvista ‘Panorama’ balustrade for renovated Mansfield home

 

Top banner image credit: Balusters for Balustrades by Accumen Shapes

Custom Interior Balustrades by Wrought Iron Specialists
Custom Interior Balustrades by Wrought Iron Specialists

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Types of balustrades and why we need them

In New Zealand, a balustrade is legally required wherever there is a drop of more than a metre. This will include some staircases (internal and external), balconies and decks. From glass balustrades to wooden balustrades, wrought iron balustrades and aluminium balustrades, there are plenty of options to suit any design scheme.

Words by ArchiPro Editorial Team

In New Zealand, a balustrade is legally required wherever there is a drop of more than a metre. This will include some staircases (internal and external), balconies and decks. From glass balustrades to wooden balustrades, wrought iron balustrades and aluminium balustrades, there are plenty of options to suit any design scheme.

Why do I need balustrades?

To meet the requirements of the New Zealand Building Code, approved balustrades must be installed if there is a drop where the fall will be more than one metre. Whether indoor, outdoor, a pool balustrade or decking balustrade or even commercial balustrades, ask yourself these three important questions before installing.

Balustrades by Architectural Aluminium Installations
Balustrades by Architectural Aluminium Installations

What is the best material for my balustrades?

Wrought iron is a popular and stylish option for balustrades – both indoors and out. A robust material, wrought iron can thrive in all weather conditions, and is often preferred in outdoor settings to aluminium or timber which may rust or rot.

Wood remains a solid option and one that better suits the aesthetics of an earthy outdoor theme or a more rustic-inspired décor. While they are susceptible to rain, humidity and insects and therefore may need to be stained and treated regularly, they are easily painted to meet personal preference, they are sturdy and can be carved for added individual flair.

Is glass a good type of balustrade?

Glass balustrades are a popular option as they create minimum obstruction and can prove a stylish addition – whether legally required or not. Semi-framed and frameless glass can be a more stylish option and offer the least obstruction, but comes at a higher cost than framed glass balustrades.

How safe are glass balustrades?

Typically made with tempered safety glass, glass balustrades are, in many ways, safer than traditional railing systems as they don’t have openings, making it impossible for small children or pets to fall through.

And, while wood will deteriorate over time, glass balustrades with stainless steel fasteners will never lose their structural integrity.

Full Height Aluminium Post Balustrade System by Haynes Glass
Full Height Aluminium Post Balustrade System by Haynes Glass

What are the best outdoor balustrades?

Owing to its strength and durability, wrought iron is one of the most popular choices for outdoor balustrades. Stainless steel balustrades are another increasingly popular choice, with their timeless appeal and choice of protective coatings to protect from water damage or tea staining that would otherwise occur when exposed to sea spray.

Glass is an obvious consideration for decks on account of its minimal obstruction of view, but other options include strand wire and aluminium.

 

Learn more about balustradesProvista ‘Panorama’ balustrade for renovated Mansfield home

 

Top banner image credit: Balusters for Balustrades by Accumen Shapes

Custom Interior Balustrades by Wrought Iron Specialists
Custom Interior Balustrades by Wrought Iron Specialists

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Types of balustrades and why we need them

Types of balustrades and why we need them

In New Zealand, a balustrade is legally required wherever there is a drop of more than a metre. This will include some staircases (internal and external), balconies and decks. From glass balustrades to wooden balustrades, wrought iron balustrades and aluminium balustrades, there are plenty of options to suit any design scheme.

Words by ArchiPro Editorial Team

In New Zealand, a balustrade is legally required wherever there is a drop of more than a metre. This will include some staircases (internal and external), balconies and decks. From glass balustrades to wooden balustrades, wrought iron balustrades and aluminium balustrades, there are plenty of options to suit any design scheme.

Why do I need balustrades?

To meet the requirements of the New Zealand Building Code, approved balustrades must be installed if there is a drop where the fall will be more than one metre. Whether indoor, outdoor, a pool balustrade or decking balustrade or even commercial balustrades, ask yourself these three important questions before installing.

Balustrades by Architectural Aluminium Installations
Balustrades by Architectural Aluminium Installations

What is the best material for my balustrades?

Wrought iron is a popular and stylish option for balustrades – both indoors and out. A robust material, wrought iron can thrive in all weather conditions, and is often preferred in outdoor settings to aluminium or timber which may rust or rot.

Wood remains a solid option and one that better suits the aesthetics of an earthy outdoor theme or a more rustic-inspired décor. While they are susceptible to rain, humidity and insects and therefore may need to be stained and treated regularly, they are easily painted to meet personal preference, they are sturdy and can be carved for added individual flair.

Is glass a good type of balustrade?

Glass balustrades are a popular option as they create minimum obstruction and can prove a stylish addition – whether legally required or not. Semi-framed and frameless glass can be a more stylish option and offer the least obstruction, but comes at a higher cost than framed glass balustrades.

How safe are glass balustrades?

Typically made with tempered safety glass, glass balustrades are, in many ways, safer than traditional railing systems as they don’t have openings, making it impossible for small children or pets to fall through.

And, while wood will deteriorate over time, glass balustrades with stainless steel fasteners will never lose their structural integrity.

Full Height Aluminium Post Balustrade System by Haynes Glass
Full Height Aluminium Post Balustrade System by Haynes Glass

What are the best outdoor balustrades?

Owing to its strength and durability, wrought iron is one of the most popular choices for outdoor balustrades. Stainless steel balustrades are another increasingly popular choice, with their timeless appeal and choice of protective coatings to protect from water damage or tea staining that would otherwise occur when exposed to sea spray.

Glass is an obvious consideration for decks on account of its minimal obstruction of view, but other options include strand wire and aluminium.

 

Learn more about balustradesProvista ‘Panorama’ balustrade for renovated Mansfield home

 

Top banner image credit: Balusters for Balustrades by Accumen Shapes

Custom Interior Balustrades by Wrought Iron Specialists
Custom Interior Balustrades by Wrought Iron Specialists

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