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    Balustrades originate from as early as the 7th century, born from the French word balustre or if you prefer the Italian balaustro. Take a look at any of the Renaissance art and you will find a balustrade lining on an ornate staircase or a marble balcony.  You may also recognise these balustrades in many famous scenes from movies and plays! Think Romeo and Juliet’s famous balcony scene - it was a balustrade that prevented Juliet from toppling over while declaring her love to Romeo.

    Invented for practical reasons, the balustrade originally was meant to prevent people from falling off or over a construct or staircase.  Today, while still a practical addition to most houses and just about any building, balustrades can sometimes simply be built for support or decorative purposes.

    When deciding to build a balustrade, it’s essential to employ the professional services of an expert such as Balustrading Installer or Fixer.

    What Should You Look Out for When Searching for a Balustrading Installer?

    Your expert Balustrading Installer, as with all tradesman, should be able to present you with either a certificate of accreditation or apprenticeship experience.

    Features of a good Balustrading Installer

    • Designs and Plans– he/she  should be able to put together a competent design once he has gathered all the information from you as to what you want your balustrade to look like

    • Measurements – there are standard measurements for balustrades, dependent on where they will be erected.  The length of a balustrade is not of concern, but it must look aesthetically acceptable to the surroundings.  For example, a 2-meter high balustrade on a rolling staircase just would not look right.  In addition, the spacing between each baluster should be a minimum of 4-inches. The reason behind this is that most small children’s heads are 4-inches in diameter.  This will prevent unfortunate accidents occurring and little heads getting stuck. Strength requirements for balustrades means that it should be able to withstand a minimum of 50 pounds, so if a strong person pushed at a force of 50 pounds, the balustrade should be able to stay up.

    • Design– balustrades are often created from molds, so your expert should make sure that each baluster is uniform, in that they all look and have the same size.  An uneven balustrade is not only unattractive but also unsafe.

    • Finishing– most balustrades are either made from wood or cement nowadays and finishing off the overall look is paramount.  Wood needs to be treated and varnished, especially if outside and cement needs to be primed and painted in your desired color theme.

    When enquiring with a potential Balustrading Installer, you want to ask whether he can perform all these skills as mentioned above. Balustrades, dependent on the material and where they are to be fitted, can set you back a pretty penny, so make sure the workmanship you will be receiving is tip top.

    Freelancer.com can ease your worries on most of these matters.   Just register, search and you’re on your way to finding the perfect Balustrade Installer for your new renovations or build.

    If you’re looking for a solution for your balustrade needs or if you are looking to trial a freelancer to see if they provide the levels of expertise you are looking for, using a platform such as Freelancer.com is a fantastic option.

    Simply log onto the Freelancer.com website and search through a bank of talented freelancers who are willing and able to provide their services to you for your project.