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What is a balustrade?

A balustrade is safety barrier for preventing falls from decks, balconies or staircases over 1 metre.  They are designed and manufactured to meet the strict safety requirements of the NZ Building Code; such as imposed and wind load requirements.  The full range of Juralco balustrade systems meets and exceeds the requirements of AS/NZS 1170 Occupancy Types A, B, E and C3, plus Safety from Falling (F4). 

Can I use a balustrade as a pool fence?

Yes, as long as it meets the requirements of the NZ Fencing of Swimming Pool Act 1987, specifically that is a complete isolation barrier that is at least 1200mm high. Juralco balustrade systems meet these requirements and your Juralco balustrade dealer will be able to advise you on your pool fence requirements.

How safe are my balustrades, will they keep my family safe?

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. 

Which type of balustrade should I choose - Aluminium or Glass and Aluminium?

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.

What about keeping the glass clean on glass balustrades?

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.

The area I need a balustrade for is a unique shape (or size), will that be a problem?

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.  

Can I get a colour that matches my home's colour scheme?

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.



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