How To Pick The Right Wire Balustrade Kit For Your ProjectWire balustrade comes in many different sizes and styles! Let us help you decide on the perfect kit for your next project.
How To Pick The Right Wire Balustrade Kit For Your Project
With so many different wire balustrade kits, systems and fittings on the market it can be difficult to know where to start! After all, there are so many different circumstances and conditions under which wire balustrading can be used. In this article, we hope to help you make sense of all the different kits within our range.
Wire balustrade has long been a popular choice for outdoor decks and balconies due to its affordability and unobstructed views. However, it's now becoming increasingly popular for indoor staircases as well! With its sleek and minimalist design, wire balustrade offers a cost-effective alternative to glass balustrade without sacrificing style.
Choosing the right balustrade kit for your project is as easy as answering these three questions:
- What is the longest run span?
- What are your posts made from?
- Is there any angled balustrade sections (e.g. ramps or staircases)
If you know the answer to these three questions, simply use the filters in the sidebar of our wire balustrade kit page to narrow down your selection. From there you can then choose from any of the options within the list!
If you still need a little extra help, read on!
Wire Balustrade Run Spans
Most wire balustrade kits & systems will only work to a maximum run span of between 6 & 10m - this means that you may need to break large balustrading jobs down into smaller, more manageable sections.
A wire balustrade run should be stopped and started:
- Any time you are changing angles or directions
- Any time you encounter a structural post
- Any time you go over the maximum run span of your chosen balustrade kit (usually between 6m and 10m)
If you have a maximum run span of less than 6m, you are able to choose any kit within our range. If however your longest span is between 6 & 10m long, you must choose a kit from this list.
Wire Balustrade Post Materials
Wire Balustrade Kits For Metal Posts
In the past, we’ve published a comprehensive guide to picking balustrade kits for metal posts. But, for the sake of keeping things short and sweet, here’s what you need to know about choosing the right balustrade system for metal posts!
First and foremost, it’s important to note that most wire balustrade systems are made from 316 grade stainless steel. This means that, where it can be avoided, they should not be paired with aluminium or galvanised steel posts. This is because some metals will react with one another then they come into contact, leaving a rust-like stain/residue on the stainless steel fittings. Unfortunately this reaction is not preventable, and therefore we recommend using stainless steel posts with for your balustrade.
The second thing to consider when choosing a wire balustrade kit for metal posts is whether you are using a solid or hollow posts. The majority of our wire balustrade systems will work with both, but some adjustments made need to be made to kits being used with solid posts. For instance, rather than using a pop rivet or rivet nut, using self tapping screws might be more appropriate!View Kits For Metal Posts
Wire Balustrade Kits For Timber Posts
Working with timber posts is arguably far easier, and more beginner friendly than working with metal posts- which is why we recommend this option to many of our walk in customers! You don’t need any specialist tools such as rivet nut inserters or pop rivet gun to work with timber posts. In most cases, all you need are a few hand tools and a hydraulic swager!
Related reading: The 5 Tools You Need To Install Wire Balustrade
We stock a huge range of beginner friendly wire balustrade kits suitable for timber posts. The entire range can be found here. You can narrow down the options further by using the filters in the side bar.View Kits For Timber Posts
Wire Balustrade Orientation
When selecting your wire balustrade kit, the last thing you should consider is the orientation of your balustrade. As, while almost all of our kits are suitable for flat/horizontal balustrade, not all of them can be used with angled balustrade.
This means that if your balustrade includes and stairs or ramps, you need to ensure that you’re choosing a kit that can be adjusted to suit the required angle.
While most staircases are pitched at 37 degrees, this isn’t always the case, so it’s important to double check this before ordering kits such as Kit S, T, U or V.View Kits For Angled Posts
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