Choosing the proper balustrade system may be difficult when faced with such a large selection. Just when you believe you’ve made your final selection, you see another example of a beautiful balustrade, its design, style and material, and you start to doubt yourself – perhaps that one would look better?
There are several factors to consider, some of which are personal, such as preferences and dislikes, and others of which are practical, such as location and use.
Here are our top seven tips for selecting the best balustrade system.
You may not realise it, but some materials function better in specific environments than others. Most materials work well inside a home, but it’s a different story when the balustrade is outdoors.
For example, the salty sea air is great for reviving the soul but terrible on many exterior balustrade materials. Some metals, for example, are sensitive to salt, although materials such as glass are highly resistant to salty air and urban and rural environments.
2. Accurate Measurements
It’s essential to make accurate measurements. The balustrade panels should be cut with precision to fit the exact dimensions of your windows and doors. If you’re at all unsure, it’s a good idea to make a mock-up of your balustrade out of cardboard and then measure before ordering balustrades.
Consider the use of the balustrade system, how will the panels be used. Will it be inside, outside or both? If outside, will it be exposed to the elements, or will it be protected? Is it mainly decorative indoors, or will it provide safety, such as around a swimming pool?
You may want safety, such as panels that can’t be climbed over or handrails that cannot be removed easily, but beware of making the panels too challenging to climb through if the balustrade is located in a public area like a shopping mall, for example.
You already know the old saying, “you get what you pay for”, which is especially true in the realm of balustrade systems. You can buy a balustrade for $100 but be prepared for it to fall apart in a few years. A quality balustrade system will last for many years or decades and may even outlast the building. It will save you money in the long run, even though it may cost you more initially.
Does this balustrade system fit in with the style of your home? If your home has a modern or traditional feel, you will want a balustrade system that fits in with that style.
Consider the amount of maintenance and upkeep you’re willing to give to the balustrade system. Some panels, such as glass, are very low maintenance, while timber balustrades require regular maintenance.
When selecting a balustrade material, it is worth looking at what other people have done with the same material. For example, if you are interested in using aluminium for your balustrade, look at what other people have done and see if it’s something you like too.
The balustrade system you choose should be functional, within your budget and aesthetically pleasing. If it’s going to be used for safety, make sure it fulfils that function. One of the most critical parts of choosing the right balustrade system is to make sure it compliments your home as well as your tastes.
While you may be tempted to save some money by buying a cheap balustrade system, you will have to bear in mind the cost of repair or replacement later on. Get to know the different materials and choose the best suits your home.
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