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

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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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An Uplift Through Steel Staircases

Steel Balustrade

Staircases are available in different styles as well as material options such as steel, aluminium and wood. They provide a platform to move up and down between several floors. They differ on the material’s type and its designs. A staircase can be spiral, vertical or circular depending upon the style you want.

However, from among all of these, steel staircases seem to be the most commonly preferred by homeowners, probably due to their numerous advantages.

To begin with, steel staircases offer a high level of reliability. They can be attached with custom made balustrades and it is a kind of complex structure in which various components are bolted together to make durable and safe. Basically, the steps of the staircases are made up of two components, first is the tread and the second is the riser. The flat part where you step is called the tread and the front headed 90-degree gap between each tread is called as the riser. They can be separately attached or you can construct the staircase without any risers. In some stairs, nosing is attached at the frontal part of a tread. Nosing is attached especially to provide additional safety so that a user doesn’t slip.

After all, there are reasons why steel is used for the purpose of constructing a building. One of the main causes is due to its strong containment. This guarantees the structure with toughness and intensity. The metal is also supple, which means that it can be moulded and reshaped to any desired shape. Steel staircases are simple to install and do not need much labour. As they come in a ready-made format, they don’t require much time to install as well.

Steel balustrade is the best attachment to steel staircases

Along with the steel staircases, steel balustrades are the best product to add in. They are too strong and durable and do not require any laborious maintenance. They are savvy and stylish as they can be moulded to fit into any design. Steel balustrades can incorporate other materials such as wood or iron. When you are purchasing a balustrade, make sure you buy a rust proof and a corrosion resistant material. Steel balustrades are galvanised and that is the reason they require less effort in terms of cleaning and maintenance. Balustrades can be designed to your specification which benefits in an ornamental finish. The installation process of a balustrade depends upon the material and the design.

So if you are looking to decorate your home with chic and stylish staircases, then steel is the best option you have got which delivers security along with decor.

What To Consider Before Purchasing A Stairlift?

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Stairlifts are excellent alternatives to climbing stairs for people with limited mobility or elderly people. Installing one can make quite a huge difference if you have such an individual living at your home. It is really simple to use, as well as reliable & safe. It can also be an inexpensive alternative compared to costly remodelling projects for making drastic changes, such as adding a bathroom on the first level, or even finding a special apartment. Moreover, a stairlift can be installed irrespective of the material your staircase is made of – be it steel, glass or wire balustrade, wooden or chrome handrails or any other component.

However, there are certain things that you must know prior to investing in a stairlift. It’s not that you would have difficulty in finding distributors in Perth who can provide you with a good product and installation service. But you ought to be aware of a few facts before approaching any stairlift supplier:

No Quote Without Site Visit

First of all, you must know that it is nearly impossible to obtain a decent quote for stairlift simply by calling up a dealer, even if you provide precise measurements of your staircase. The reason for this is not the fact that every staircase is different and sometimes, a particular kind of stairlift may need to be installed. It is because selling the product for the company would be easier face-to-face instead of on the phone.

No Fixed Costs

Just like cars, stairlifts do not have any specific price. Some stairlift companies use this for their own profit by quoting different prices of the same product to different buyers. It is due to this reason that your initial quote will be high, and you would need to bargain.

Avoiding The Salesman

Most stairlift companies send a salesman to their potential buyer’s home for an initial site visit, and that’s when the salesman tries to vend off a product at a cost profitable for them. Therefore, you must not trust anything they tell you about the pricing and simply say that you are going to think of the offer. In fear of losing a potential customer, they would always reduce the pricing.

Quotes From Multiple Firms

When planning to buy a stairlift product, make sure you obtain quotes from more than one firm. Although the task would be slightly onerous, it would be worthwhile in the end.

So make sure you follow these tips in order to buy a good stairlift and also have it installed at a comfortable price.