South African modern architecture incorporates a lot of balustrades in its designs. The popularity of balustrades is continually on the rise thanks to new manufacturing and design methods and state of the art technology continually entering the market. There are many different types of balustrades manufactured using a wide array of materials. The application of the balustrades needs to be considered when selecting the material from which to manufacture it. In South Africa in particular, with its warm climate presents very clear guidelines to stick to when deciding on which materials to incorporate in balustrade designs. This is especially true for balustrades that will be applied in exterior designs.
Timber elements are a popular medium to work with in the design and manufacture of balustrades. It is also the most flexible material to use in the manufacture of simple and turned horizontal balustrades. Apart from creating the conventional balustrade using timber, you can also give the property a more modern look by using this material. Timber has remained a consistently popular material for the design of staircases and balustrades. These types of balustrades are skillfully crafted to maintain the perfect balance of the staircase. These are unique in both modern and antique styles, and allows for a lot of freedom in terms of design of the balustrade. Aside from the safety features and benefits that timber allows for, this type of balustrade adds a lot of classic features and style to the home. You will have your pick from different coloured timber that can be incorporated in the design. This makes it easier to decide on a design that will truly complement your building’s architecture. The use of timber, however, has been reduced in the manufacturing of staircases and balustrades. The reason for this is because homeowners and consumers in general have become more concerned about saving the environment. Therefore, timber has given way to other more environmentally friendly materials for the design and manufacturing of balustrades.
Stainless Steel Balustrades
The popularity of stainless steel as a medium for the design of balustrades is on the rise in South Africa. There are many reasons for this rising popularity, not least because of its environmentally friendly traits. While many other balustrades are still being manufactured, stainless steel is a great way to add an expressive decorative touch to the property while still investing in a balustrade that will offer the required support, and can be used both on the exterior and interior of properties. This type of balustrade is a beautiful alternative to timber balustrades for the design of a staircase. Since the stainless steel can be moulded to curve or have complex designs or be plain in design, its ultimate look is often quite outstanding. It adds another dimension of texture to the staircase. These balustrades are very resilient and robust, and will require a lot less maintenance and upkeep than their timber counterparts. Aside from the practical reasons for its use and its beautiful appearance, stainless steel balustrades are also oftentimes the more cost effective option for both indoor and outdoor use. In most cases stainless steel will cost far less than a similar timber design would, and will require less maintenance over the years. It is also rather easy to replace should the need arise and can accentuate a modern building’s design. At Steel Studio International we use both grades 304 and 316 in the design of our stainless steel balustrades. Another popular type of balustrade manufactured by Steel Studio includes glass, which is environmentally friendly and easy to maintain. Contact us to discuss your needs and to design your custom-made stainless steel or glass balustrade.