Stainless steel wire balustrades are an incredibly elegant yet simple alternative to a traditional panel balustrade. Like glass, it offers you brilliant unobstructed views of the world beyond your balcony or decking, whilst still performing a vital safety function. Available in both horizontal and vertical formats, a stainless steel wire balustrade can suit a wide variety of architectural styles. If you’re wondering how to install a stainless steel wire balustrade, look no further. Outlined below are our top tips for an easy installation.
Why choose a stainless steel wire balustrade system?
A handful of stainless steel wires weigh significantly less than a solid panel of glass, acrylic, metal etc. The reduced weight means that the supporting posts and handrails can be further slimmed down, opening up your view and creating a more minimalist effect.
For the balustrade posts themselves, wood, metal and brick are commonly used. Wood is a common choice for balustrades protecting decking as it is generally quite easy to get a match, creating a more seamless transition between balustrade and deck. It is also a particularly easy material to drill.
Metal, meanwhile, can provide a delightful contrast and lend the area a more industrial edge. We would recommend using stainless steel. It is a hardy and long-lasting material that can withstand awful weather and difficult environments, e.g. inner-city pollution. It simply requires an occasional wipe down with soapy water.
When considering installing a stainless steel wire balustrade it is important that you think about safety. This is particularly important if the decking is significantly raised and presents a fall hazard, or if the balustrade is being installed on a balcony. In the latter instance, we would also recommend that you choose to use vertical wires instead of the more common horizontal. This is because horizontal wires can be easily used as a ladder by vulnerable children.
Furthermore, you should double check whether local building regulations state a maximum distance between each wire. At Glass and Stainless, we are more than willing to advise you on this.
How to install a stainless steel wire balustrade
The first stage in installing a stainless steel wire balustrade is to assemble the frame, including both the end and intermediary posts. Follow the supplier’s instructions on how to go about this.
With the frame in place, you can move onto the wires. Before you begin, double check that you have the right tools and all the necessary materials and fittings. There’s nothing worse than getting halfway through a DIY and having to stop and order some crucial missing part.
As part of a stainless steel wire balustrade system, the wires are inserted into sockets which are in turn affixed to the end posts. These sockets need to be screwed into the posts at an even height to ensure that the wire remains level. To help with this, we would suggest that you take a thin plank of wood and draw the correctly spaced drill guide points onto it. Set it flush against the post and then drill through the wood and into the post. You can then reuse that plank on all the other posts to get identically placed holes.
Once the sockets are in place, insert one end of the wire into a socket. Don’t fully tighten it as you may still need to tighten the wire. Taking the other end of the wire, thread it through all the holes in the intermediary posts and then insert it into the socket on the opposite end post. You may need to use wire cutters to cut it down to the correct size. When you’re tightening the wire to finish it off, make sure you do it incrementally.
If you are still unsure about how to install a stainless steel wire balustrade, feel free to get in touch and discuss your concerns with us. There are also some great videos on YouTube that might help you!
Glass and Stainless can design, create and install your stainless steel wire balustrade system. Contact us today to discuss your requirements.