With a large amount of commercial flats being built in the 60’s through to the 90’s, many buildings have been left behind on both modernisation and building regulations. Most balcony handrails were constructed of wrought iron which can rust severely if not properly maintained. This can be very risky as the handrail is the only material protecting its occupants from falling to the ground.
We are thus undergoing a large marketing campaign. This is to ensure that all handrails on commercial flats are properly maintained, replaced and at the necessary height.
Currently Building regulations state that for new handrails the minimum height should be 1100mm from standing level upwards. Previous handrail heights were 900mm. These heights may remain if the handrails are being refurbished. However, if they are to be replaced they will need to be to the new regulation height of 1100mm.
Whether you're looking at refurbishing your handrails for aesthetic or health and safety reasons CP Roofing can be of assistance.
CP Roofing offers a comprehensive supply and installation package that offers a fully tailored fabrication service. We have the facilities to fabricate handrails made from any practical material and to any shape, RAL colour and formation.
Balcony Refurbishments - METAL SPECIFICATION
Most handrails are supplied using Stainless Steel 316 Marine Grade 50mm tube with a brushed or mirror polished finish. 10mm toughened glass is neatly fixed between the posts with privacy screens on the ends with opaque glass panels. Alternatively you can have marine stainless wire with mess/decorative weave centers. This system is commonly used on sea fronts as it offers great resistance to rust. It is also very aesthetically pleasing and has a lifetime guarantee.
Wrought iron is still commonly used either galvanised or polyester powder coated to any RAL colour. Any practical decorative design may be used with this metal which is PPC or galvanised. Lasting 2 years maintenance free, it has a life expectancy of 10-15 years depending on the maintenance schedule.
METHODS OF FIXING
There are 3 main methods of installing handrails;
- 1FACE FIX - Steel plates relevant to the balcony are fixed to the wall face with resin anchors and the posts fixed to the anchor points
- 2TOP FIX - Steel plates relevant to the balcony are fixed to the top of the floor with resin anchors and the posts fixed to the anchor points
- 3CORE DRILLED - Diamond tipped hole cutter is drilled into the slab to a minimum depth of 100mm. The post is then resin fixed
We offer free quotations on balcony refurbishments for private residential homes through to large business premises so contact us today!