Balustrades are a safety feature. When installed correctly they can prevent people from falling off balconies and injuring or killing themselves. Balustrades also offer the same level of protection when going up and down the stairs, they are even used to prevent people from accessing a pool, without permission. This is specifically relevant when there are young children present.
But, today, balustrades are much more than just a safety feature. They are the perfect way to create a stunning feature in your home. If done properly it will be a focal point and can even increase the value of your property.
To ensure your chosen balustrade makes the right impact and fulfils all your needs, it’s a good idea to speak to a specialist in balustrade designs. They will help you find the perfect solution.
Of course, it pays to start any meeting with an idea of what you may like. The following design ideas will help you feel inspired and choose the right balustrade.
Think About Glass
Glass is one of the best ways to make a design statement on your balcony. From a practical point of view, it is see-through which means you can still enjoy the view while having any wind blocked. In itself, this can create a stunning effect as, if designed frameless, it can look like there is no balustrade.
Alternatively, you can personalize a glass balustrade in a number of ways:
While a lack of visible structure makes for a stunning effect, you’ll also find that steel supports or even wood can add to the effect and create a balustrade worth looking at. There are many different types of support available, it’s worth looking at all the options.
Glass doesn’t have to be left clear and bland. It’s possible to have frosted glass or design your own pattern that’s imprinted onto the glass. Equally, you can choose an off-the-shelf style that will still look awesome but avoids the need for you to create your own design.
If you prefer you can opt for coloured glass. It can create a nice effect, looks impressive, and offers privacy. At the same time, it still allows you to enjoy some of the views from your balcony.
Glass balustrades have become a very popular option because they are durable. These balustrades last for a long time, they’re strong, and they need very little maintenance. The best glass balustrades are very easy to clean.
You’ll also be pleased to note that glass balustrades are surprisingly affordable.
The Metal Option
Metal balustrades are usually powder coated to protect them against the elements. That means if you talk about the colour when you order you’ll be able to have your metal balustrade created in any colour you like.
Metal balustrades tend to have a more utilitarian look. This means they are a great option for minimalist or monochrome houses. It creates a definition against the property.
Of course, metal balustrades can be designed to suit your individual needs. That’s more than just the size of the balustrade. You can specify the design features, such as the curve of the railings or additional features in the balustrade.
Personalizing it is a great way to get the desired impact. Metal is generally more expensive than glass.
Wood is another popular option for balustrades. It’s easy to work with and can be almost effortlessly shaped into any design you like. Wood is probably the easiest design to do yourself. However, considering the importance of safety, it is advisable to have a professionally made balustrade.
Because wood is easy to shape you can create virtually any design for your balustrade, allowing you to incorporate your own personal touches into your design and create a truly unique and stunning balustrade.
Of course, it should be noted that wood balustrades will need more attention to preserve them. This could include a yearly coating of varnish or similar protection.
Finally, if you really want to create an inspirational balustrade you should consider designing one that incorporates all the different materials. You’ll need to spend some time thinking about which elements are most important to you.
But, there is no reason to stick with an off-the-shelf option when you can let your imagination run wild. After all, if you really want to make an impact there is no one better at designing your balustrade than you. It’s you that knows what impact you wish to make!