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The Role of Material Choice in Handrail and Balustrade Design

01 Nov 2022 by Moddex

A Specifier’s Guide

The design and construction of handrails and balustrades is a crucial issue that may expose an architect, designer, specifier, builder or contractor to expensive litigation if poorly thought out, executed, and especially if failure occurs. More significantly, there is a serious emotional and financial cost associated with injury, permanent disability, or death should this design element be overlooked.

Architectural handrails and balustrades are an essential part of the building design, so it is important to choose a material that complements your design goals. The end result must deliver on the design vision and satisfy the building owner’s design requirements. The selected material must be functional rather than merely decorative, perform in accordance with safety requirements, and live up to all expectations in terms of appearance and durability. Even the smallest details, such as delivering a flush connection and a smooth continuous rail, are all essential to avoiding injury.

To achieve these outcomes when selecting materials for a balustrade or handrail, it is important to consider the rail’s primary use, whether it will be used internally or externally, the environment in which it will be used, and the finish you want for your design.

Working with a trusted Supplier – Moddex

Moddex are Australasia’s leading manufacturer of modular, no-weld, hot dip galvanized barrier systems. Pre-engineered for structural integrity, their proprietary systems are load tested and configured to Australian and New Zealand Standards (AS/NZS), Workplace Health and Safety guidelines (WHS/OSH), Australia’s National Construction Code (NCC/BCA) and the New Zealand Building Code (NZBC).

Moddex has had the opportunity to work within diverse industry sectors. Having collaborated with clients across different industry spaces such as three-waters, education, multi-level commercial construction, road and rail, Moddex has been able to create unique solutions for different applications and environments.

The Role of Material Choice in Handrail and Balustrade Design

Moddex have put together a Material Selection for Handrails and Balustrades: A Specifier’s Guide which discusses all the factors you need to consider when selecting materials for handrails and balustrades. First, we consider the importance of assessing site conditions and identifying materials that can withstand corrosive environments. We then consider the range of design considerations relevant to selecting materials for handrails and balustrades, including the intended use, fixings and connectors, structural properties, details and finishing, and aesthetics. Finally, we compare common handrail and balustrade materials, and their respective pros and cons.

Download the full guide to material selection for handrail and balustrade design by clicking the link below.


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Moddex is Australasia’s leading manufacturer of innovative barrier systems for large-scale infrastructure and non-residential construction projects.We do things differently at Moddex – we’re always on the lookout for better ways to solve the unique obstacles construction projects face, so that our customers can focus on doing what they do best.Everything FitsWith our expertise and processes, we can ensure you get the most competitive pricing, your project runs smoothly and we work with you to meet your strict budget and timeline.Our extensive range of handrails, barriers, commercial and industry balustrade and guardrail systems are specifically designed for a wide range of industrial, commercial and civil applications. All our systems comply with New Zealand Standards, BCA and WHS regulations, so you know you’re always covered.Our range of proprietary modular designs are manufactured in house and designed to save our customers time and money, and our personalised approach to customer service ensures you’re looked after from concept to installation. Our barrier systems are fit for purpose, simple to use, and able to be modified to cater for any unique requirements, and our streamlined ordering and installation process is designed with customer convenience in mind.Nationwide for rapid delivery and adviceWe operate across Australia and New Zealand. Wherever you are, there’s a Moddex team and warehouse not too far away – and our technical advisers are always at the end of the phone.Why choose Moddex?As the leading provider of modular handrails and balustrades, we stand behind our products 100%. Other handrail suppliers provide limited offerings and simply can’t match us on service, reliability and quality. At Moddex, we are excited to offer a variety of services including inhouse drafting, site measurement, engineering, compliant installation and more. Our breadth of experience gives us the tools to help clients every step of the way. Need something taller? Wider? Attached differently? In a unique design? We are all over it. We pride ourselves on providing innovative solutions to everyday challenges.Partner with ModdexGet in touch with our expert team, call us on 1800 663 339 (Australia) or 0800 663 339 (New Zealand) or download our product brochure. We’re here to help, whether you’re after technical support or you need advice on integrated systems. 


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