Choosing the right balustrades for staircases, terraces and balconies during construction or renovation isn’t a piece of cake. Homemakers often tend to make judgement calls that turn out to be unpractical choices. It is imperative to invest in some time to consider the available options including the design, style, material as well as the finish of the balustrades before making a final call. We have listed 5 of the most common mistakes that people make while choosing balustrades for their homes.

1.   Concentrating on the Aesthetics Alone

Aesthetics is an important factor to be considered when it comes to choosing a balustrade. However, the final decision shouldn’t be based on this factor exclusively. In other words, while the balustrade should add to the beauty of your house, other important aspects such as safety shouldn’t be neglected. So, choosing a style that doesn’t ensure safety such as slippery handrails etc. is a decision that you would regret sooner rather than later.

2.   Self-installation

Balustrades are necessary structural component of a home and not just some decorative items and for that matter, must be installed by professionals. You shouldn’t by any means try to install them yourself unless you have an extensive professional experience in the home improvement industry. Ideally, you must go for a local contractor who has a great reputation and positive references as well as provides full liability insurance.

3.   Decisions based exclusively on the Price Factor

Price is an important factor, nobody can deny that. However, it is imperative to ensure that you make comparison of a few quotes. This will help you to clarify what the quote includes, lead times, if it comes with a warranty or not and whether it meets the BCA codes or not. So, conduct a full-fledged research instead of relying your decision on the price only. To find out more about the selection process, read this.

4.   Negligence in considering Maintenance Issues

You wouldn’t want to invest in a balustrade with glass panes if you have children in the house. As it would require you to keep cleaning their fingerprints constantly. Also, investing in some elaborately carved balustrade won’t pay you off if it gets damaged as you might not find be able to find a local craftsman worthy of repairing it. So, while making the decision keep in mind the maintenance factor and choose the one which is easiest to maintain.

5.   Not Giving Due Consideration to the Setting

It is imperative to give due consideration to the setting where the balustrade is going to be installed. For instance, if your house has a traditional setting, the glass and stainless steel model wouldn’t blend in very well while the carved wooden ones will look ethereal. On the other hand, if you have a contemporary setting, then glass models will go extremely well with the décor.