Vertical Versus Horizontal Balustrades

Vertical Versus Horizontal Balustrade

In these days, stainless steel wire balustrades are a popular choice for balconies, staircases and verandahs in contemporary homes across Australia and especially in WA. They come in two main styles: horizontal and vertical wires. Here you’ll get to know the differences between these two styles of balustrade. This will help you to decide which one is the best choice for your home.

Vertical or Horizontal?

Both vertical and horizontal wire systems blend in well with a modern interior decoration theme. So, there is no need to worry about finding which one is the best. What matter are the materials and overall design of your staircase as they determine how appealing it will be.

Below are some key factors for you to consider.

Height Restrictions 

Vertical wiring is recommended when you are installing a balustrade at a height of more than 4 metres as per the Building Code of Australia (BCA). You can also opt for custom made balustrades to match with your style while keeping the building standards in mind.

Maintenance

Whether it is a vertical or horizontal wiring, you must know that BCA also stipulates a minimum tension for the wires. This is because people have a tendency to lean against horizontal balustrading, which can get stretched over time. This means that, horizontal wires require more maintenance than vertical ones. Thus, proper maintenance is very much necessary when it comes horizontal balustrade.

Cost

It is clear that vertical wired balustrades require less maintenance compared to horizontal ones. This means that initial installation costs of vertical wiring is higher than horizontal systems. If the budget is within a strict boundary or if you are simply keen to complete the home improvement project, this cost factor can make horizontal balustrading a more appealing option.

Aesthetics

There are a couple of points to consider as far as aesthetics are concerned. Some people who are keen to be different may choose vertical option as it is less commonly seen in Australian homes. Secondly, a balustrade installed in an interior balcony with horizontal wires can emphasize the length of the balcony. Actually, aesthetics are something which is based on personal taste.

To evaluate all the factors concerning the design of balustrades, you may also wish to consider glass balustrades, which is a viable alternative for your home. To achieve majestic stairs in your home, balustrades must be installed while keeping in mind all these considerations.

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