Choosing the right balustrade style and infill material is essential for both the safety and aesthetics of a home's stairs. The New Zealand Building Code Regulations provide guidelines for the minimum height requirements of balustrades and handrails to ensure the safety of users.
According to the regulations, the minimum height requirement for balustrades on stairways is 900mm, slightly lower than the minimum height of 1000mm for other areas of a residential home. This recognizes the need for added protection on stairways. Handrails, which provide stability and support, should have a minimum height of 900mm from the stair pitch, with the option to extend up to 1000mm to accommodate different user needs.
When selecting a balustrade style, it is important to consider the prevailing style of the property. By identifying the features or themes you gravitate towards, a balustrade style can be chosen that complements the existing décor or the desired aesthetic. Whether a minimalist industrial finish or a softer classic style, taking cues from your home's design will help you narrow down options and help make an informed decision.
In terms of infill material, modern options offer excellent value and durability. Powder coated aluminium handrails with toughened safety glass infills are a popular choice. They have a sleek and contemporary look, providing a sense of openness and spaciousness in the stair area. Frameless glass balustrades with minimalist fixings or enclosed channels create a seamless and uninterrupted glass surface, adding to the aesthetic appeal.
Edge Mini Post and Handrail
For those who prefer a more traditional look, aluminium balustrade posts with glass or baluster infills are available in semi-frameless or framed designs. Recent regulation changes have made top rails or handrails a common requirement for all frameless glass balustrades. Juralco has introduced slim, low-profile top rails that blend with the overall look, ensuring both safety and visual appeal.
Edge Stecca Internal Balustrade and Handrail
Ultimately, working with experienced balustrade installers such as one from Juralco who are familiar with the regulations and can provide compliant solutions is crucial. They will guide you in selecting a balustrade style and infill material that not only enhances the overall beauty and elegance of your home but also meet safety requirements. With the right choice, your balustrade and handrail can become functional and visually appealing elements that elevate the style of your living space.
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