For those of you who don’t know or who have heard the word, but never thought to research it, a balustrade is a series of architectural posts called balusters that are supported with top and bottom railings. A baluster is usually not large in size and most are shaped in a sort of teardrop or vase shape that varies in width. Some balusters are more elongated while others are thicker and more rounded. A balustrade is commonly found on stairways, porches or balconies. Although balustrades are usually of a decorative nature, their main purpose is to stop people from falling off of interior or exterior building structures.
And when it comes the word itself, balustrade, comes from the French word that is then derived from the Italian balaustrata. Balaustro is the Italian word for baluster, while balaustrata applies to the balustrade system. A balustrade system includes the top and bottom railings and what is known as the newel posts as well as the balusters. Newel posts are the structural columns that support the balustrade and are positioned at the entrance, or foot, of a staircase and at the corners of a balcony as well as at evenly spaced intervals along the balustrade.
The Decorative Beauty of Balustrades
Even though the main purpose of newel posts is to physically hold up balustrade structures, they are usually ornamental and give a staircase or porch railing some decorative style. They can be round or square and may be simple or elaborate in design, and if interested in Perth balustrades, they are designed from high quality, beautiful frameless glass. The newel cap fits on the top of a newel post and it can also be found in round, square, simple or elaborate shapes, depending on the style of the newel post. During home improvements or remodelling, newel caps can be changed to give balconies and staircases a brand new look.
Balusters have a small cylindrical section at the centre of each of their ends. These are basically round pegs which have been designed to fit snugly into holes that have been drilled on the top and bottom railings of the balustrade, after a strong and durable adhesive has been used to secure the balusters. Balustrades are made of stone, wood, glass or metal, and they may be straight or curved in shape, depending upon a customer’s wishes.
Now You Know Them, You Will Definitely Notice Them!
Stone balusters are frequently known as “cast stone columns”. Stone balustrades will often have stone railings, but some metal balustrades can feature wood railings. For instance, and as you may have seen, some elaborately scrolled black wrought iron balustrades have polished wood top railings. Nowadays, nearly all modern shopping malls and office buildings feature glass balustrades. The glass may be plain or textured, and are designed so as to not only look appealing, but to let more light shine and move around a building. In case you don’t know, the glass is always tempered safety glass and will resist breaking and shattering.
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