Whether for safety, aesthetics or something else entirely, most people are more likely to choose glass balustrades over wire balustrades for their balcony, pool fence or indoor railing.
Glass balustrades are far more popular for balconies and pool fences than any other type of railing, it seems. Here are the reasons:
Let’s face it; the climate in Australia is extremely unpredictable—it would rain cats and dogs, and next thing you know, it’s bright and sunny. Making sure your balustrades can “weather” this climate is essential.
Wire balustrades won’t likely break in extreme weather conditions, but they may allow frosty winds and rain to pass through. On the other hand, when you have a glass railing, rest assured you’re protected as it will not let the elements in. As a result, you get a more comfortable and relaxing space.
We’re not saying wire balustrades are a no-no. In fact, they are a good option indoors, but for balconies and decks that are exposed to outdoor elements, it’s best to choose glass.
Wire and glass balustrades may follow safety standards. However, if you have pets and kids at home, wire balustrades may not be the best option due to the gaps between the wires that may be a safety hazard.
On the other hand, there are toughened glass you can use that will act as an effective barrier against foreign objects. Additionally, you don’t have to worry about getting limbs caught in between the wires.
Furthermore, the thickness of glass, lamination and tampering may be specified for varying safety and security levels.
Glass balustrades are the most effective for protecting against fall accidents. The reason they are so effective is because glass clears in one direction. All glass balustrades clear if someone is falling towards them, but will stop intruders moving in the other direction.
One of the reasons glass balustrades are preferred over wire railings is because they deliver better views with maximum protection. Additionally, glass railings allow more natural light to pass through that could improve the overall vibe of your home.
Nobody likes hearing noise from the outside when you’re at home. Glass balustrades can reduce noise levels, like passing traffic. How? The sound waves rebound away from the property. On the other hand, wire balustrades won’t be able to reduce the noise levels; instead, the noise will pass through.
Glass balustrades are so easy to maintain. Once installed, all you need to do is wipe it down with a soapy cloth, and that’s it! Wire balustrades need more maintenance because the ropes need to be tightened periodically. Also, as it ages, it could have sharp bits you need to watch out for.
The Best Choice of Balustrades for You
Glass balustrades are slowly but surely replacing wire balustrades in modern architecture due to their better aesthetics. They are often preferred for homes and commercial buildings over wire balustrades for their aesthetic value and functionality. Glass is easier to clean than the wires and is virtually maintenance-free. They’re also more durable than wire balustrades.
If you need glass balustrades, Aussie Balustrading and Stairs, a reputable balustrade manufacturer in Western Australia and Perth, is the one to call. Get the right glass balustrade for your property today. Contact us!