Although glass has been a typical building supply in both residential and commercial properties, most people use glass for windows. However, as contemporary interior design has steadily caught on in Australia, there has been an increase in interest in modern materials that add a touch of edginess to the architectural design of a space. As a result, glass has started becoming a sought-after material when constructing balustrades.
Glass is unparalleled when it comes to functional design, as it allows for increased lighting and unobstructed views, which is difficult to achieve with materials such as timber. Secondly, the glass is tempered, so you do not have to worry about breakage. However, the glass does require some degree of care for it to stay attractive. Below are a few nifty tips for hassle-free glass balustrade maintenance.
Periodically inspect for potential damage
Your first line of defence against irreparable harm is to examine the balustrading routinely for potential problems. Although the glass is shatterproof, this does not imply that the peripheral accessories are not prone to damage. For example, the fittings can become loose over time and will require tightening. Failure to do this can cause some of the fasteners to go missing, which in turn could put the glass panels at risk of falling off.
Secondly, the fittings may also become susceptible to corrosion. If you do not take the time to lubricate these parts on a regular basis, the fasteners will become vulnerable to rust and eventual corrosion. This risk is exceptionally high if the balustrading is installed outside, where it is exposed to the elements.
Have the balustrades coated with a self-cleaning film
Possibly the biggest issue that you will contend with once you have glass balustrades installed is their proclivity for smudging. The more people you have in your home, the higher the likelihood that your balustrades will be a magnet for fingerprints. This problem becomes even more pronounced when you have small kids, who cannot seem to resist putting their fingers on the glass! Although this smudging does not have any effect on the integrity of the balustrades, it does considerably diminish the appeal of the glass by making it lose its sparkle.
If you like a convenient cleaning solution, you should consider coating the balustrades with a self-cleaning layer. This coating utilises nanotechnology to keep your balustrades sparkling at all times! Although these coatings are more expensive than just using some window cleaner on your balustrades, they do save you time when it comes to your balustrade maintenance.