Do Balustrades Work on Balconies?
Space is a premium in today’s real estate markets. With populations increasing and property costs soaring, not everyone can afford to move to a free standing home. A lot of Aussies have to make do with apartment blocks in urban, residential areas.
Of course, urban living isn’t all bad. There are adequate amenities, and living in the city does have its perks. Residents can be closer to work and have shorter commutes. Plus, with the right structure, urban living can still be pastoral.
A good example is that most urban apartments come with a balcony. It allows residents to enjoy the sunshine and fresh air, and some balconies are large enough for a home barbecue. One way to get the most out of your balcony is to install a balustrade.
Balustrades offer a lot of benefits. Balconies are generally on the first floor of a building or higher. So there’s a genuine concern over accidental falling. A balustrade can help with that. It has a partial wall that’s usually less than a metre high. This can protect residents from accidentally falling over, and can prevent items from falling over as well.
A typical balustrade is made of glass or metal. Aluminium balustrades offer just as much protection as glass ones since the spaces between the bars are regulated. They are securely installed so that they don’t come apart, and are reinforced with metal and rubber fittings.
You don’t have to worry about metal balustrades being affected by water. They are glossed with powder coating, or they could be constructed using stainless steel or anodised aluminium. This prevents rust and makes them suitable in humid areas and regions next to the ocean or salt water lakes. The salt won’t weaken the metal all.
Metal balustrades are also constructed to be strong enough to withhold an average person’s weight, so even if you were to lean on the railing, the balustrade wouldn’t tip or come apart. They can be made in various colours to blend in with the surrounding décor.
Glass balustrades are popular in urban regions, because they add a sense of modernity and style. There’s a wide selection of glass balcony fittings, depending on the preferences and requirements of residents. For example, a resident that wants more privacy can erect a balustrade made out of tinted glass.
Another option in terms of glass balustrades is to get a thicker or thinner pane. Thin panes will let in more light and heat, while thicker ones offer more insulative properties. The primary appeal of a glass balustrade is that they offer unrestricted views. The thickness of the glass is also determined by how high your balustrade goes.
When you choose to have a glass balustrade on your balcony, you can either have framed glass or frameless glass. Frameless balustrades offer unfettered glass panels with no metal in between, though the top and sides will still be held in place with steel frames. If you’re undecided, you could go halfway in and halfway out with semi-framed glass.
A big concern with glass balustrades is the glass itself. We are conditioned to see glass as delicate and fragile. To resolve this challenge, glass balustrades are made with safety glass. This type of glass is largely shatterproof, and in the event, it does break, it disintegrates into safe pieces with no jagged edges, just like a car windshield.
Glass balustrades don’t have to be standard. They can be tailored to your specific needs, including curved balconies. When you order installation, you can get a customized design complete with a 3D draft to make sure you get the exact look you want for your balcony. Coupled with attractive lighting fixtures, balcony furnishings, and maybe even some landscaping, a glass balustrade is the perfect way to highlight your view.