Ask the Expert: Material Choice

Which metal is best for balcony construction? A good question and not easy to define without some explanation. Between 1992 and 2009 we specialised in stainless steel and aluminium balustrades. Then from 2009 to 2014 we were using mainly galvanised steel balconies along with our balustrade systems.

Since, we’ve developed our unique hybrid Glide-On™ system which uses all three metals! So, with all this experience we have a good knowledge of their characteristics.

What standards must balcony materials meet?
What material should soffits be made from?
Is aluminium or steel better in a fire?
Should I choose the metal based on strength or lightweight properties? What about the number of connections?
Which material has the most design flexibility?
Does my material choice affect my balcony deflection?
Which material minimises corrosion risk?
Recommend me an approach….

We recommend you use a Hybrid of three materials,

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