What are balustradesTypically a form of a railing, a balustrade is commonly used for safety in homes and offices. Yet besides being a safety feature balustrades have long been created as a thing of beauty, adorning their space and often standing out as works of art.
Of course their most important aspect, as mentioned above is their security potential – after all one cant install a balustrade that someone will fall through with little effort and even the most beautifully crafted balustrades must be strong, durable, reliable and last the distance.
A lot of their security features has to do with the materials used in their construction. It’s obvious that while a material such as aluminium would be easy to craft and meld into intricate patterns, it simply wont provide the safety needed, its too flimsy. This is why most balustrades we see today are crafted from wood, steel, wrought or cast iron, tensile wire and even glass.
Because of the nature of their application most balustrades are custom made to fit the space, and unless you are building a series of identical buildings, the chances are that most balustrades will be a unique feature, designed and crafted not only to fit the space, but also fit the theme of their surroundings. After all a high-tech tensile wire and stainless balustrade would look out of place in a Victorian period home as much as a hand tooled old fashioned wood balustrade would look out of place in say a high-tech office block.
They must look good, blend into and enhance or compliment their surroundings and be strong.