If you’re thinking of adding some safety and style to your balcony, verandah, or poolside, you might want to try out stainless steel balustrade designs. With stainless steel, you can be sure that it will fit in nicely both indoors and outdoors. Short of fracture problems at the attachment points, stainless steel balustrades are long-lasting home aesthetic and practical solutions for some aspects of home and building design.
What Are Balustrades?
A balustrade is a set of balusters, or posts that help hold up a railing. They are load-bearing posts, as they have to carry the weight of the railing and any person who leans on it. Balustrade design can be as simple as a straight metal grillwork (like they would be for stainless steel), or they can be as ornate as wrought iron, cast-iron, or wooden balustrade sets that can give add to the aesthetic theme of a home or area of a home.
Safety – Balustrades act as safety systems for people, so they won’t fall off the edge of an elevated area. This is the reason, too, why they are supposed to have heavy load-bearing capacities, so they can withstand the pressure and weight of many people leaning on the railing.
Delineation – Balustrade sets also map out a defined area within an open space – you don’t necessarily only use balustrades on balconies, stairs, and verandahs. You can even use them to create pathways through a large garden area, or to separate a garage driveway from the rest of the garden. As long as you need a way to divide two areas, without having to use a wall, then a balustrade will do.
Aesthetics – Finally, balustrades can act as an emphasis for themes within the house interior, or the exterior or stairs where they are located. For example, a stainless steel balustrade would look good with a concrete or wooden foundation or frame work, giving a modern feel to a vintage surrounding, in the case of wood, and a stark industrial impact, if used with concrete.
Benefits of Stainless Steel
The benefits of using stainless steel in balustrade design touches on both the aesthetic and the practical.
Practical – Stainless steel, by its very name is resistant to rust, and can therefore be used in outdoor installments with minimal maintenance necessary – in fact, the biggest issue with stainless steel balustrade components would be where the stainless steel components are bolted or screwed down into the foundations, be it wood, concrete, or metal.
Stainless steel is also a rather tough metal, and isn’t brittle, either, so it can withstand most of the stresses that humans can put on a balustrade, simply by leaning on it, or even shaking it (as some children are wont to do).
Aesthetic – In terms of art and style, stainless steel has always been connected with modern technology and a certain air of luxury and practicality mixed together. This creates wonderful undertones of style when used with wood or concrete, as discussed before. You don’t even have to use an all-stainless steel balustrade, but rather use stainless steel balusters as part of the design – this works particularly well with glass balustrade designs, or with balustrade wire.
However, it’s a good idea to keep it minimalist when using stainless steel as part of your theme, since an overabundance of it, on the other hand, can make your place look a bit too “bling-y.”
Given how important a balustrade can be in terms of safety and security, particularly with children, it’s always a good idea to know the local building codes particularly if you are expecting many children to use the area surrounded by the balustrade, or if you are using it as a part of pool safety and area delineation.
Height – Height is an important part of balustrade regulations, as these take into account how children play. Aside from height, certain design points should be approved for implementation. This is also important in terms of stair balustrade sets. The height may vary from place to place, but there is no doubt that there is a minimum height involved.
Construction – Balustrade design is considered, as some children may actually be able to make a ladder out of certain design elements. This can lead to unfortunate incidents.
Material – In this case, stainless steel is important, and it has to be approved for use with concrete, if it will be sunk into the concrete, not just bolted on to it. The reason for this is that sometimes, concrete and steel can react to each other unfavorably.
For many people, they simply want to install their own balustrade, without having to worry about anything. Here’s how you can do it:
- Take measurements of the area that you will want a balustrade for. This means length, height (as required by the local building codes), and in the case of stairs, the angle of the drop.
- Do check with your local DIY shop for balustrade sets. These can cost anywhere from $100 to nearly $400, depending on how large the component set is, and how think the stainless steel bars are.
- You should make sure that you also buy the installation tools and parts, such as bolts, screws, and drills. It’s not suggested that your use welding, given that it’s stainless steel – you’ll just end up spending more on buffing it up to make it look good again.
- If you run into a brick wall during the process, don’t be afraid to ask the DIY shop or a balustrade specialist some tips.
- Before you declare it a success, you should test to see if it could do a fair bit of load-bearing. After all, part of a balustrade’s purpose is safety.
On the other hand, if you do decide to hire a tradesperson to install your balustrade, you need to make sure that the person is knowledgeable, and has experience in installing stainless steel balustrade sets. You should also make sure that the person has referrals and a clear rate sheet for work done.
Installing your own balustrade can improve your house’s overall thematic and aesthetic impact. Stainless steel balustrade sets are useful both indoors and outdoors and can fit many styles.