There are several great options to choose from when it comes to picking a balustrade for your home. We’ve tried to take the pain out of this selection process as much as possible by providing you with the following list of things to consider prior to making your decision.
What to consider when selecting a balustrade system for your home
Different types of balustrades to choose from
So you already know there are a few options, but what are they and how do they fit your needs? Frameless Glass Balustrades
Frameless glass balustrade fencing offers the most unrestricted view, amongst all the options. Frameless panels combined with stainless steel spigots and a slender unrestricted top rail or hand rail offers an elegant option that enhances any view presented through it.
If you live near the sea, you run the risk of corrosion when using traditional, metal balustrades due to a reaction with a high salt environment. Luckily, this is not the case for frameless glass systems when combined with our Duplex 2205 stainless steel spigots. 2205 Stainless Steel is the best suited option to counter this problem as it is the highest grade of stainless steel in the industry and has a higher resistance to the effects of such environments.
View our full range of frameless glass balustrades here
Off course, there is a time and a place for everything, and sometimes frameless is not the best option.
Semi-frameless balustrades give you the option to have a somewhat clear and unobstructed view of the landscape in front of you, whilst being more cost effective than the fully frameless option. The posts are made out of powder coated aluminium, which come in a range of colours.
You can view our range of semi-frameless glass balustrades here
Aluminium Tubular Balustrades
Aluminium, or tubular balustrades have been one of the more common balustrade systems on the market to date. They are a great option for anyone wanting to DIY as it is light, easy to handle and simple to install. They come in a range of colours and are durable for most environments.
You can view our range of aluminium balustrades here
Other things to consider when choosing your balustrade system
Overall look – The overall décor of your home should play a vital role to determine the type of balustrading you use, you would be surprised as to how much influence a balustrade can have over the entire look of the house. So be sure to look at reference pictures of type of balustrading you prefer before you make a final decision. It’s always a good idea to consult your family and friends. The great new is, is that all our products will leave you with an elegant and stylish finish.
Landscape – Australian regulations have several safeguards that can affect the layout and the style of a balustrade fence and it is best to check the compliance of your balustrade or deck area and proposed fence line before you begin installation, you can be certain of this by calling a private or council certifier. Or you could give our team at Avant-Garde Glass a call for some advice.
Staircase – Often balustrades have a staircase attached to them which requires custom made panels. You will be happy to know that at avant-garde glass we also offer custom made panels at very competitive prices. Refer to our custom panels page for more information. Generally, this tends to be on the trickier side to install, so if you would like for us to come out for a quote, you can submit a request for a quote on our glass stair balustrade installation page.
Surface – the surface onto which the balustrade fence is being installed can alter the type of support system being used for fencing and in turn the cost.
Here are a few surface related issues to factor in before fencing:
Concrete – Is the concrete level in all the locations where the fence is to be installed?
What is the depth of the concrete onto which the fence is being installed?
Timber Decking – Is the timber decking reinforced to consider the weight of the fencing and to support the fencing system?
Soft soil – How much concrete is required to sustain the Balustrade fencing system?
Cost factor – It is often easy to overlook additional cost of constructional materials which arise from installation on different surfaces, such as grout, screws, concrete etc. while budgeting for a balustrade fence.