If you are trying to upgrade the appearance of your home, or you want to create a protective structure on a terrace, balcony or stairway, then a balustrade may be your best option. Before you decide what's right for your home, here are some of the most common types of balustrades you can buy.
Wood Balustrade -- Balustrades made from timber are an ideal choice if you want something that is practical, functional and durable. Standard wood balustrades consist of a railing and posts without much fanfare, but you can upgrade a wood balustrade by choosing a higher quality type of wood such as oak, maple or mahogany. You can also choose unfinished wood and mount the balustrade without paint, stain or sealant, to achieve a distinct rustic and raw look. Wood balustrades also give you the option of using a stain that makes the wood have the appearance of natural stone, such as granite. One thing to remember is that, if you are building your balustrade outside, you should select a pressure treated wood that is treated with chemical preservatives to ward off termites, fungus and rot.
Glass Balustrade -- Glass balustrades offer you a post-modern design that can go very well in a house that is small, because the transparency of the glass will create the illusion that your space is larger than it actually is. Glass balustrades can be built with frames, semi-frameless and without frames. The most sleek and attractive look is a frameless glass balustrade. Glass balustrades are made with tempered glass, which is double-paned and has been fire-treated for increased durability. Tempered glass has additional safety because when it breaks, it doesn't form sharp, jagged shards, but breaks into little pieces instead, which are far less dangerous. If you want to add patterns and designs to the glass balustrade, you can opt for textured glass.
Stainless Steel -- Stainless steel balustrades are useful for indoor and outdoor balustrades, because they are highly resistant to rust, which means your balustrade won't corrode as quickly as if you use wrought-iron, for example. Stainless steel balustrades are made from galvanised steel, which is hot-dipped in molten zinc oxide, which bonds to the steel and forms a protective barrier against rust. The hot-dip process also results in steel that is sleek and polished. If you want to get creative, you can build a glass balustrade with stainless steel framing for the best of both worlds.
For more information about your options, contact a local installation company like Diamond Balustrades & Fencing Pty Ltd.