Horizontal wire balustrade systems are not allowed on balustrades with a drop of four metres or more. Glass balustrades are typically used in such applications to meet regulatory requirements. However, vertical wire balustrades offer a safe and stylish option to glass balustrades.
Vertical wire balustrades demand very little maintenance compared to glass. The stainless steel wires also allow for better air circulation and minimise reflection at night.
Miami Stainless offers several balustrade systems that can be used in a vertical application. Slimline wire tensioners such as the insert tension rod system or the lag screw swage stud system provide a sleek and modern finish on vertical balustrades.
Vertical balustrades can also be constructed using saddles or pulleys with the wire zigzagged through a section of the balustrade and tightened at the end of each section with a bottlescrew.
Vertical wires can also be used on staircase sections to create a dramatic statement balustrade.
Most of Miami Stainless systems that are suitable for vertical wire balustrades are simple enough for DIY installers. A comprehensive library of videos and instructional sheets is also available online.