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How Balustrades Are Made

by Dan Owens

Balustrades are used in many different environments, including residential properties, offices, retail premises, schools and supermarkets. They are often made from a combination of safety glass and stainless steel, as these materials are very robust and low maintenance in addition to being aesthetically pleasing. Here is a brief explanation of how balustrades are manufactured.

Design

One of the first steps in the manufacturing process is drawing up the design for a balustrade. This is quite a complex procedure which may require the involvement of several structural engineers; their task, in this context, is to ensure that the structure's design meets the relevant safety and regulatory requirements.

The calculations for the design (including the dimensions, angles and weight-bearing capacities of the finished balustrade) need to be extremely accurate. If they are not, the balustrade may fail to meet the minimum safety requirements or may not fit into the area of the building where it is to be installed.

This is why the majority of balustrade manufacturers will also make use of special computer-aided design software to help them draw up the plans for their products. This software drastically reduces the chances of human errors affecting the structural stability or appearance of the finished product.

Baluster and handrail fabrication

Balustrades are made up of two main components; the baluster and the handrail. The latter can be made from a wide variety of materials, including, but not limited to, coated or galvanised steel, aluminium or stainless steel. Of these, stainless steel is perhaps the most popular; this is largely due to the fact that it is relatively economical, exceptionally durable and not likely to succumb to the effects of corrosion.

Stainless steel handrail fabrication is usually carried out in-house. This process is quite complex and involves multiple steps, including boring small holes into the steel rails (so that they can eventually be attached to the baluster), cutting the steel to the appropriate size, welding the steel components together, forming them into the correct shape and finally, polishing them.

Like the aforementioned handrail, the baluster may be made from a number of different materials, including wood, concrete and glass, with glass being one of the most commonly used.

The baluster material will be cut to size and polished to remove any sharp edges. If the design specifications include etchings, these may also be added to the surface of the glass, using a computer-aided laser etching machine.

When both components are finished, they will be thoroughly inspected for defects and imperfections before they are packaged and sent to the end user.

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