A staircase is not only necessary in many homes; it can also be a feature. Why not emphasise your staircase even more while providing a safety barrier by using a gorgeous stair balustrade? Here’s what you need to know.
Put simply, a stair balustrade is simply the railing system that is installed on the open side (sides if appropriate) of a staircase in order to provide safety, and a rail that the person can use to make travelling up and down the stairs easier. While a balustrade is functional, it is also attractive and is often the element that ties the whole staircase together.
When choosing your stair balustrade, you need to decide what look you are going for. For example, if you want to preserve your view, you will opt for a more open style balustrade, while a traditional style of home may benefit from turned timber or wrought iron balustrades. Stair balustrades can be made from many different materials include timber, steel, aluminium, wrought iron, stainless steel cables, and glass. You can also combine different materials together (example, wrought iron and timber) to create some fantastic looks. Balustrades come in a varied range of standard designs from traditional right through to ultra modern looks, or you may be able to have your balustrade custom made if you have something specific in mind.
In many cases, the balustrade will be installed by the same person or company that is installing your staircase. However, you can also find specialist installers, which is great if you are replacing an existing balustrade. When choosing your professional, you should check their references and previous work, and also ask if they provide and measure and quote service. Ensure that the professional is familiar with all safety requirements and building standards. Also check if they offer a warranty and what the warranty covers.
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