Balustrades illawarra: A balustrade is a railing that encloses an area, such as the deck of a ship or balcony. It comes in various designs and materials, including timber, steel, aluminum, and glass.
Aesthetically speaking, two main types of architectural styles use baluster design: modernism/modernist style architecture, which features straight lines with little ornamentation or detail; postmodernism, where there is an eclectic mix of different styles from traditional to contemporary.
Balcony railings are required under Australian law that is above 30 centimeters in height. The balustrade must be a minimum of 75 millimeters in width and have no gaps larger than 20mm when measured from bottom to top.
In addition to complying with Australian standards, balustrades should withstand the elements, such as sun exposure or heavy rains. Balusters are subject to weathering over time which can cause them to chip or break, creating a safety hazard.
Balustrades should be built strong enough such that the balusters do not bend when weight is applied, and gaps between balusters are less than 20mm.