When you begin a renovation on your indoor or outdoor staircases, balustrades will likely be a part of the renovation process. There are several options available to you, including column kits. If you have not considered these options, there are a few things you should know before hiring a contractor and starting your renovations. Here are a few of those key points and what you need to know about each one.
One of the first things to know about balustrade fittings and column kits are the height options available. You will need to know the height you need in order to get started. The three main options will be commercial height, rooftop height and residential height. The rooftop height is ideal for your support columns, while the residential height will be best for your normal balustrade height. You can see a typical residential height by looking at typical staircases or rails on front porches and around residential homes. A commercial height would be suitable if you have a multiple-storey home and want support columns, such as Victorian columns.
One of the options you will need to consider for your balustrade fittings is the material used. You can choose to have a solid metal or steel interior. This can be for durability and for the stability of the entire balustrade. This is ideal if you plan on having balustrade fittings and column kits used for rooftop and commercial heights. These steel options can be surrounded by wood, fibreglass or painted stainless steel. Depending on your environment, you may want to use a vinyl or fibreglass option with a stainless steel balustrade fitting to avoid weather damage while offering as much stability as possible.
You may also want to consider the design options. There is a misconception that you can not have certain design options if you are using a stainless steel balustrade fitting. The truth is that most of the designs and colours you want are available with stainless steel fittings, as well as other fittings and options. If you have a specific design or colour you want to have, such as a wood grain with a vinyl or fibreglass exterior, then you can discuss this with your contractors. They can help you create the design and balustrade system to apply to the various balustrade column kits you will find.
When you are ready to get started on your renovation, contact your local staircase contractor. They can help you with your balustrade fittings, put them into columns and staircases you have in mind and give you the pricing for these different components. They can also use kits you may have purchased to create the types of staircases and balustrades you want for both your indoor and outdoor use.