Miami Stainless has recently updated their Revit files for glass and wire balustrade systems, helping architects and designers with all the tools necessary to achieve their design vision. The downloadable Revit files include railing systems for glass and wire balustrade systems.
Miami Stainless explains the finer points of the two balustrade systems and the differences to be considered before specifying these products in any project.
Wire balustrade systems
Wire or cable balustrades allow full airflow to the surrounding area.
Wires used in balustrades are only 3.2mm, and only faintly obscure the views.
Quick and relatively simple to install, wire balustrades can be either swaged or crimped onsite, or factory swaged and supplied ready to install.
Wire is NCC Regulation compliant. For installations in areas measuring more than 4 metres, vertical wire installation is required. Wire spacing should not exceed 80mm.
Easy to maintain, wire balustrades require only periodic cleaning with a stainless steel cleaning cloth and protectant.
Glass balustrade systems
Depending on the use of channels, continuous glass or spigots in installation, glass balustrades can greatly restrict airflow to the surrounding areas.
Glass balustrades offer excellent views in daylight, and allow light to easily flow from one area to another. However, when used on a deck or balcony, views could be hindered at night due to reflection.
Glass balustrades need to be installed by qualified tradespeople. When installed on a staircase, the glass will need to be templated and cut to size, potentially impacting timelines.
Glass thickness, lamination and tempering can be specified for varying safety and security levels.
Glass balustrades require regular cleaning. Alternatively, high quality glass or glass pre-treated with protectants can reduce the cleaning requirement.