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Balustrade Systems - What Choices Are Out There?

Posted by Worthington Millwork on 6/20/18 2:15 PM

Balustrade SystemsWhen it comes to balustrade systems there are several choices out there. Which is the right one for you is strictly personal. Whether you go with frameless/semi-frameless glass, metal/cables, fiberglass, polyurethane, or polymer stone, they are all beautiful when they fit into your design.

What is a Balustrade?

Exactly what is a balustrade? You may know them as another name, or you may have never given them enough thought to even associate a name with them. They are a row of small columns, topped by a rail and used as a safety feature. Balustrades keep people from falling from one level to another, inciting injury or death. Once seen simply as a necessary piece of architecture, they have become increasingly important as decorative ornamentation contributing to distinctive design styles. Made from numerous materials, take a look at some of the choices.

Materials Used in Balustrade Systems

Glass balustrades are best when you want a minimalist or modern style. They allow more light in your space. Their transparency draws the eye away from the railing and allows other features to be showcased. They keep views open to areas you are entering. The glass panels can be frameless or semi-frameless or mix them with a different material for railing. It's your choice, have exactly what you want!

Metal or cables are great for a trendy, hip look. They can be incorporated into many decorating design styles. Once used only in commercial settings, metals, and cables have become very popular in homes that elicit an urban industrial sophistication. You often see these installed in loft spaces where open-concept takes on a new meaning. In a loft, spaces are defined more by furniture groupings rather than architectural divisions. Using metal or cable railings on stairs that reach a sleeping area, home office, or study, keeps that edgy vibe going.

Fiberglass, polyurethane, and polymer stone are perfect for adding strength, durability, and detail in any fashion. You get the look you want for a fraction of the cost of solid stone. You can easily achieve the classic looks of Mediterranean architecture or the warmth of a farmhouse. We pride ourselves on the quality of our products made from these materials. We meet all building codes while also taking into account your specific needs.

How Worthington Millwork Can Help

For restorations, we can customize balustrades to exactly match one from your project, just send one in to be replicated. This is especially helpful for needed repairs where you want to match cornices, mouldings, etc., to return your project exactly to its original look. Whether you are restoring a Victorian from the late 1800s or a bungalow from the 1940s, we can help bring the look of your home back in keeping with the era where it began.

All of our products carry the "Made in USA" label. This is highly regulated by the FTC (Federal Trade Commission) and allows no grey areas. The FTC has been protecting Americans for over 100 years. Our products will always comply with their regulations so you can rest assured you are getting the best product available. Our commitment to keeping our products made in America is about more than pleasing the FTC, however. It is about doing our part in preserving our economy and ensuring jobs for American workers. We firmly believe the products we make will also provide you with pride in your support of our country's workforce. So sure are we in the quality of our work, you also gain a limited lifetime warranty for every item we make. "Worthington Millwork, LLC hereby expressly warrants its goods and services against defects in workmanship for the lifetime after the date of delivery or installation, whichever comes first."

Contact us to discuss your balustrade needs, or use the balustrade building tool on our website.

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