With many apartment blocks having been built in the1960’s through to the 1990’s, many buildings have been left behind on both modernisation and building regulations.
Most balcony handrails were constructed of wrought iron which tends to rust severely if not regularly maintained. This could lead to risk when using the balconies.
We have been requested on various occasions to refurbish apartment block balconies, which consist of waterproofing the balcony floor and replacing handrails where necessary to ensure these comply with current legislation.
Currently Building regulations state for new handrails the minimum height should be 1100mm from standing level upwards, previous handrail heights were 900mm. Existing handrails may remain if these are being refurbished, but if replaced they will need to comply with new regulation height of 1100mm.
Whether you intend to refurbish balconies including waterproofing or just replacing railings, CP Roofing offers a comprehensive supply and installation package which includes a tailored fabrication service.
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 having privacy screens on the ends with opaque glass panels. Other options include marine stainless wire with a mess/decorative weave design centre. This stainless steel system is commonly used on sea fronts as it offers good corrosion resistance, is aesthetically pleasing and has a lifetime guarantee.
Wrought iron in various designs is also still used either galvanised or with polyester powder coating to an RAL colour. These finishes give a life expectancy of approximately 10-15 years depending on maintenance cycles.
Methods of fixing
Three main installation methods are being use for handrails;
- FACE FIX – Steel plates relevant to the balcony are fixed to the wall face with resin anchors and the posts fixed to the anchor points.
- TOP 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.
- CORE DRILLED – Diamond tipped hole cutter is drilled into the slab to a minimum depth of 100mm. The post is then resin fixed.