A balustrade is safety barrier for preventing falls from decks, balconies or staircases that have a drop of 1+ metre. In NZ they are sometimes also referred to as a handrail, although this is usually by architects and designers.
“The need for a barrier when someone could fall vertically one metre or more is made clear in Building Code clause F4.” MBIE 1
The NZ Building Code includes strict requirements for safety barriers, to ensure they do their job of keeping people safe at heights. All Juralco balustrades are designed to meet (and usually exceed) the strict NZ Building Code requirements, which is confirmed by independent testing done by NZ engineers.
Balustrades are technical by nature, but our network of designers, manufacturers and installers have a lot of experience and can be relied on to get you a compliant, robust and safe barrier that meets the NZ Building Code requirements.
Absolutely, so long as it complies with of the NZ Building Code Clause F9/AS1 & section 162C, restricting access to unsupervised children around swimming pools (or other bodies of water) over 400mm deep.
A range of Juralco balustrade systems meet these requirements, so you are not restricted to a limited choice of pool fencing finishes. You can choose an aluminium fence finish or glass panel fencing, or even a combination of both if you prefer.
Your Juralco balustrade dealer can help with advice on your pool fence requirements, both legal and aesthetic.
With over 20 years experience in the design, manufacture and installation of balustrades, Juralco's balustrade systems can be trusted to not only meet safety requirements but to exceed them. All the systems are tested and assessed by independent engineers to exceed the requirements of the AS/NZS 1170 Occupancy Type A, B, E and C3. Juralco balustrades have been installed in hundreds of NZ homes with great success, providing stylish safety barriers for decks 1 metre above ground level and pool areas.
It really depends on your personal preference and what is the best for your situation.
If you have a great view and want it as unobstructed as possible, then glass balustrading is the best option. Frameless glass balustrades offer the most glass and least aluminium to obstruct any view, which really brings the outdoors in. They do require a thicker and heavier 12mm toughened glass which is a premium product and an interlinking rail for the top edge. Semi frameless and fully framed glass balustrade systems offer many additional finishing options, including handrails, which some customers prefer. Glass sizes in these systems are generally 6mm or 8mm thick and the addition of more aluminium in the finish means this is a mid-price option.
Aluminium baluster balustrades are a great balustrade option as well, particularly as they have low maintenance requirements compared to wooden balusters. They are often described as an entry point balustrade, as they are usually more economical than glass balustrades and colour matching to joinery can really complement your home's finish.
Glass balustrades and windows have the same properties, so they gather dirt and have the same cleaning requirements as well. Balustrade glass can be added to your general cleaning schedule or included in your regular maintenance programme, which has to be undertaken as part of warranty requirements. The glass can be cleaned with soapy water or specialist glass cleaners that you would use for your home's windows.
Specialist coatings, provided by businesses throughout NZ, are available to protect the glass from the worst of the dirt. Your balustrade installer should be able to help you with product recommendations.
No, all our balustrades are custom made for each individual customer's project, they are measured, fabricated, colour coated and installed to fit the area and so are suitable for most building applications. This flexibility means customers can work with the balustrade dealer to get the look they really want for their individual home.
With a choice of 43 standard colours and access to many more colours, most balustrades can be finished in a colour that essentially matches a houses joinery, cladding or roof colour. Check with your balustrade dealer who will be able to help with colour options.
1 - https://www.building.govt.nz/building-code-compliance/f-safety-of-users/f4-safety-from-falling/barriers-and-handrails/