The balcony is a common feature found in most bungalows and apartments. It’s basically a small, protruding platform that’s protected by a wall or balustrade, and this fixture is always located on the outside of a building. The balcony can be accessed through a door on the upper floors. It’s a great place to relax for those who want to stay out in the open. The size of the balcony generally depends on the size of both the house itself and the openings on the upper-floor windows. Ideally, pillars on the lower floors support bigger, more extensive balconies.
Now, after the balcony has been constructed, you need to think about the balustrade or railing that you want to get installed. A standard concrete wall is fine as well, though bland walls don’t really improve the curb appeal of your property. You can dramatically improve the way your house looks by selecting a stylish balustrade to accompany the balcony. Here’s a brief guide on how to select the best balustrade for your particular balcony.
Balustrades are generally made from wood or different types of metal. Aluminium and stainless steel are the most popular materials used for making balustrades. Chrome plated balustrades are also available, though they are certainly not recommended for open spaces. Chrome plating doesn’t last very long under the open sky. Within a few months, the chrome will begin to wear off, and you will begin to notice the first signs of rust on the balustrade.
However, stainless steel and aluminium are both excellent choices for balustrades. Not only are they good-looking, but both of these materials are very easy to maintain as well. You don’t need to spend a fortune on applying anti-rust coatings or polish to the balustrade every few months. Aluminium and stainless steel are resistant to corrosion and can withstand the harsh effects of the weather outdoors. All you need to do to make the metal shine is to clean it with a dry cloth so that dust doesn’t settle on the surface.
Furthermore, you should know that balustrades are available in a variety of different designs. Before you purchase the balustrade, you should check the supplier’s price list carefully. The overall price of the balustrade will depend on the material used, the length of the balustrade, and the intricacy of its design. More intricate designs are obviously more expensive because they look very beautiful. You can check out different balustrade designs online to get some inspiration. In fact, companies that sell balustrades also offer a variety of maintenance services as well. They can powder coat the balustrade, reinforce the individual elements, or even professionally polish it for your, all at a pretty nominal price.
Once the new balustrade has been installed, the company will give you the invoice and sign off on the payment receipt. Most companies now give a quality guarantee as well. In case the colour of the balustrade starts to fade or rust, you can just call the company and ask them for a replacement.