The balustrade is a masterpiece of architecture. They are usually erected as a form of security or as a safety measure. For example, a balustrade on a balcony will prevent people from falling off the edge of the balcony.
Or, it is common to have pool fencing; this is another form of balustrade and serves to prevent people entering the pool area without your permission. This is especially relevant if you have a pool and young children.
In short any type of fencing can be called a balustrade; you will even have one on your stairs; preventing you from falling and giving you something to hold onto while climbing the stairs. What may surprise you is the array of options when choosing a balustrade; they are no longer wrought iron fence like structures.
They can be created from virtually any material, metal, glass, wood or even a mixture of materials to create the exact effect you are looking for.
But, when you choose a balustrade it is important that it is erected properly and you include a handrail; this will ensure all the following safety benefits are available.
As already noted, if you are on a balcony or some other raised platform then there will always be a risk of falling off the edge and injuring yourself. The balustrade is the perfect safety net to prevent this happening. It should be strong enough that even if you trip you won’t go over it.
But this isn’t the only way that it enhances safety. A ground floor balustrade will prevent children from getting to the pool or any other area of the yard that could be dangerous for them. This can help to give you peace of mind while allowing them to play.
The balustrade is also designed to offer support. This is particularly relevant when climbing stairs as the balustrade or handrail will provide assistance if you tire or even if you feel a little dizzy.
The balustrade also gives additional strength to the star structure; they are both of equal importance!
Of course the sale is true if on the ground, the balustrade can be leant on to help you catch your breath; a more common occurrence than you may think.
If you check with your local building regulations you’ll find the exact details of the code in your area. What is certain is that balustrades will feature in that code. By having them your home is confirming to code which makes it legal and will certainly be beneficial if you decide to sell at any point.
Finally, although not strictly a safety benefit t is important to remember that balustrades add an aesthetic appeal to any area; stairs, balconies or other areas.
This can help to make your home or outside space appealing to you, your family and even to any visitors. Not only is this useful to ensure you enjoy living in your own home but it is also a benefit if you do decide to sell in the future.