Glass balustrades look stunning in almost any setting; are used to great effect in residential and commercial spaces and can be used for balconies, porches, patios, decks, poolsides, outdoor and indoor staircases, as well as for fencing etc. It’s important to choose an experienced and expert balustrade company to handle the installation for you.
They will handle the project to the highest standards. However, it’s important for you as the property owner to be aware of the common mistakes that you should avoid when you are choosing your glass balustrades:
Not researching enough
It’s always a good idea to conduct a certain amount of research when you are buying your glass balustrade. There are a number of factors that have to be taken into account before you make your final decision, such as:
- Safety regulations
Since there are a large number of styles and designs to choose from, it’s important to know what kind of design you will like and make a note of those preferences. This is something you should be doing much before you call the glass balustrade contractor. You can look at other sites as well as the site of the contractor you plan to hire for the job; check what kind of products and designs have been displayed there. Most reputed companies provide customized services, and if there is something specific you are looking for (that you don’t find on their site), you can always show them some pictures of the kind of balustrades you want.
Not checking on aspects like strength, durability and maintenance
This is one aspect that you should never compromise on. When you are checking quotes from various contractors, it’s vital that you check what quality of materials they use. Ideally, the specifications of the gauge of the metal and the thickness and quality of the glass, should be mentioned in the quote. You should compare these carefully, before you make a final decision. After all, you will be spending a significant amount of money on the installation and you would want something that is durable and provides you value in the long term.
Maintenance is another aspect that becomes all-important when you are deciding which balustrade to use. The glass balustrade should be easy to clean and the fittings and framing should be made of a high quality material. This will ensure it won’t rust or deteriorate before it’s time. So even if a particular company has quoted a much lower cost, do a thorough check on what type of materials they are using.
Focusing only on aesthetics and not on the safety factor
Always keep in mind that something which looks great might not meet Australian Standards. It’s crucial that you prioritise safety above all else. Non-compliance can have legal repercussions or an accident may take place because you haven’t adhered to the recommended standards. It’s not uncommon for insurance companies to deny claims in which the glass balustrade has been deemed non-compliant.
Not checking the operator’s credentials
This is probably one of the most important aspects of getting your glass balustrades installed. Check on the credibility of the company and whether they are a registered, insured and licensed company. Check its online reviews & testimonials and its experience in the industry. This initial research that you conduct, can save you a significant amount of trouble and money in the long term.
For any more information about how to measure out balustrades, and our products, call Quantum Frameless Glass at this number – 1300 282 248. You can also contact us using this online form and we will call you back shortly.
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Quantum Frameless Glass Team
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