Hello! Welcome to my blog. My name is Col. I live in Perth and I have a passion for construction. I am pretty useless when it comes to construction work so I tend to leave it to the experts. However, I find that there is nothing more pleasing than seeing a team of construction workers complete a job. Over the years, I have hired many different types of construction worker and they have all taken the time to chat with me. During these conversations, I have learnt so pretty interesting things which I will be exploring on this blog. Enjoy!
When it comes to balustrading, you want a product that complements your home and stands the test of time. Choosing the right material for your balustrade is important. If you're considering a metal balustrade, then you'll usually choose between aluminium and steel. While steel is often viewed as the traditional choice here, aluminium is also popular.
What are the benefits of choosing an aluminium balustrade over a steel one?
1. Lightweight Strength
Aluminium is a strong metal with a long lifespan. While strength is a vital part of any balustrade design, the weight of some materials can add problems to your overall build. For example, if you're building a long or complex balustrade, you may worry about its weight. If you use a heavy material, like steel, then you may need to spend some time and money reinforcing areas that will hold the balustrade.
This is less of an issue with aluminium. It's strong but not as heavy as steel. Even if you need to reinforce an aluminium balustrade, this is likely to be a far easier process. The weight load of aluminium isn't as great as that of steel.
2. Low Maintenance
Some balustrades don't keep their looks without help as they age. Over time, they may also suffer from various types of damage. For example, steel rusts. A rusty balustrade doesn't look good, and you'll need to fix the rust problem to make the balustrading look better. For example, you may need to clean the rust off and recoat or repaint the balustrade.
Plus, if rust goes unchecked, then the balustrade itself could get damaged and lose some of its strength. If rust eats all the way through steel, then rails could come loose or even break off. Aluminium doesn't rust. It also pretty much looks after itself. Typically, the only maintenance job you'll have with aluminium balustrading is giving it an occasional clean.
3. Better Customisation
Aluminium is a more malleable material than steel. This makes it easier to mould seamlessly into complex designs. You may find that you have more balustrade designs to choose from with aluminium; if you want to design a custom or more complex balustrade, aluminium may make this easier.
Your balustrade supplier can tell you more about how aluminium balustrading will work in or outside of your home. If you're short on design ideas, they can also show you examples of balustrades.