Vertical vs. Horizontal Wire Balustrades

Wire Balustrade

If you are considering to design your new verandahs or staircases, it is exciting to decorate with steel wire balustrade. It is a way of incorporating beautiful Australian hardwood rails, with stainless steel infill, or extruded aluminium with a range of colours.

Of course, you want to add some !WOW! factor in your home. Everyone loves good interior designs, and wants their home to be as stunning as possible. The look of cable steel and timber balustrade can efficiently help you to do just that in your house.

Balustrade regulations of steel wire

steel wire Balustrade

It is always a good idea to consult with an expert staircase manufacturer before considering to install wire balustrade in Perth.

There have been several revisions to the BCA (Building Code of Australia) regulations on wire balustrades in the past few years. Revisions have been made in 2005, 2007, 2008 and again in 2009. However, some of the websites still recommend spacing and distances based on the old regulations. Thus, hiring a balustrade and stair manufacturer is a vital consideration.

Scenario 1

Designing balustrades with less than 1 meter above the floor.

In this case a solid balustrade may not be required. You can space the steel wire at your own discretion. You can also place the posts at any distance you like. Experts recommend spacing the wires between 100 millimetres and 200 millimetres with the posts at around 2 metres apart.

Scenario 2

Designing balustrades with a fall of between 1 and 4 meters.

In this case the top most handrail on the balustrade must be at least 1 metre above the floor. Experts recommend using a top rail which has at least 40 millimetres thickness either of timber or steel.

Getting Started

One of the first steps that must be taken when it comes to steel wire balustrade installation is to have an understanding of the different wire types that are available. The most common wires available for balustrades are 3mm wires (also described as 3.2mm 1 x 19, and 3.2mm 7 x 7 wire). 3.2mm is the diameter of the wire; 1 x 19 and 7 x 7, is the construction or lay of the wire. This means 1 x 19 wires are made into 1 single wire with 19 strands.

This is the basic formula of steel wire balustrade. It is always a good idea to educate yourself when it comes to constructional considerations.

 

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