Horizontal vs. Vertical Balustrades

Horizontal vs. Vertical Balustrades
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    The point of choosing balustrades to complete railings for balconies, staircases, and verandas, comes with a big choice for homeowners to make.

    When it comes to choosing balustrades, there are two options, which are horizontal balustrades and vertical balustrades.


A lot of homeowners have a difficult time trying to choose which balustrades work for them. This article contains all that you need to know about both horizontal and vertical balustrades, as well as tips to help you make the right choice.

Choosing Between Horizontal and Vertical Balustrades

When it comes to choosing between horizontal and vertical balustrades, you do not have to worry about either option being outdated. This is because horizontal and vertical balustrades blend in perfectly with modern interior decor.

Horizontal Balustrades

Horizontal balustrades are usually inexpensive and cost-effective. They are typically cheaper to install when compared to vertical balustrades, but may come with safety hazards.

Horizontal balustrades require less material and fewer connections, making them a cheaper option.

Another advantage of horizontal balustrades asides from cost is versatility. Horizontal balustrades allow the use of different types of material, including cable, composite, and glass, as well as regular materials like metal and wood.

Due to their structure, horizontal balustrades provide privacy, although it can result in restricted view for the homeowner depending on the material used.

Vertical Balustrades

Vertical balustrades are very easy to install and maintain. Their structure ensures that debris and dust do not gather on their surface, making them very easy to clean.

Vertical balustrades provide better protection than horizontal balustrades, as they act as guards, preventing you from falling over your balconies or stairs. All in all, installing both horizontal and vertical balustrades properly, will ensure that they are safe and effective.

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Factors to Consider When Choosing Between Horizontal and Vertical Balustrades

When installed properly, there are hardly any criteria to separate horizontal balustrades from vertical ones. This is why other factors are needed to figure out the best choice for you.

  • Height

    The height that you want your balustrades at, is a determining factor when choosing the type of balustrade to install. If you want a short balustrade, both horizontal or vertical styles are suitable.

    However, if you want a balustrade higher than four meters, it should be vertical. This is in accordance with the Building Code of Australia (BCA).


  • Cost and Maintenance

    Another important factor to consider when choosing a balustrade design is the cost. Vertical balustrades require a higher installation cost when compared to horizontal balustrades.

    However, the regular maintenance cost of horizontal balustrades is more than that of vertical balustrades. It is therefore important for you to weigh your options before making a choice.

    The frequency of maintenance required is another factor, as horizontal balustrades are high maintenance when compared to vertical ones.

  • Aesthetics

    This boils down to your personal preference, as both balustrade designs are stylish enough to give your home a beautiful outlook. You can consult your interior designer, to know which type fits your home best.

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Ultimately, you can make the best choice by consulting a balustrade company, to give you professional recommendations.

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