Balustrade and Handrails General definitions

Baluster

This is the term for a single post. The post is made up of some form of base plate, a tubular upright and some form of top to take a horizontal top rail. Glass, sheet, wire are the normal materials that can be used as infill. Alternatively, any material which can be connected to the uprights safely and adhere to local building regulations can also be used.

Balustrade

A balustrade system is the collective term for a row of repeating balusters.

A balustrade is most often found on stairways, porches, decking and balconies. Their main purpose being to keep people from falling off interior/exterior building structures.

Handrail

Using various materials such as tube, wood, metal, plastic etc. as a rail which can be held, such as on the side of a staircase, ramp, or other walkway and serving as a support or guard.

Normally supported by means of brackets either wall or post mounted can include bends, corners and any other inline fitting that caters for a change in direction.

Ends

Normally, the same size as the handrail diameter and is used to terminate the ends of the handrail. Various configurations such as domed, mitered, flat, bulbous and connective wall sockets can be used to terminate handrail where required.

Infill

A material that fills an otherwise unoccupied space between two adjacent balusters. Normally made from glass, tube, rod, wire, Perspex and perforated sheet.

Mounting

This refers to the base detail and the format of how it fixes to the sub-structure.

Normally top and side mounted are the options.

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