In city, the place to live been limited and the price are high too. To get a place that are comfortable and affordable, we might need to move far from city. When you are looking for a new house, what is the important place you should look before deciding to buy? If you are looking on apartment, balcony is one of the important places you should look into, also if you are looking on landed house with balcony.
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Why railings for the balcony are are important?
The main purpose of using railings in balconies is to make sure the safety of house. It serves as the primary security of your house as guards if you don’t have a fence. It also became one of the outdoor decorations according to the materials and desire. While considering the design, we must also think of the function of balcony railing. It is suggested to choose design which is vertical pattern to avoid kids climbing up and also burglar climbing from outside. It is important to hire professionals to install balcony railing to ensure the safety of people who lean on it. All the bolts to the wall must install properly, also we need to check it regularly to make sure the bolts are not loose.
How should I choose the materials for my balcony railings?
To choose the materials for balcony railings, it should be strength and durable. Materials such as metals are commonly used as it can easily form into preferred design. Wrought iron is also another common materials used to build balcony railings. This can improve the resistance to rust and lower down the maintenance.
After knowing types and what we can do with grilles install in our home or shop, we can now consider about the materials. As we can see in Malaysia, most of the houses are installed with iron grilles on windows and door. Actually, there are three main types of steel grilles in the market for selection: mild steel, wrought iron, and stainless steel. Each of the materials has different advantages to meet your needs.
Mild Steel Grilles
Mild steel grilles usually come with simple design, such as straight bars, or square grids with minimal fancy design.
There are two type of additional process to the grilles. Spray painted need maintenance by repaint it every 2 to 3 years due to the weather in Malaysia. For powder coated, the grilles will place into oven after spray painted to make sure the paint is permanently stayed on grille surface. A long lasting and climate resistant quality smooth surface created then.
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Wrought Iron Grilles
Wrought iron grilles are more popular this day. It actually mild steel grilles which do extra hammering process. That is why we can saw uneven texture on the surface. It gained a lot of popularity because there is variety of design available compared to mild steel.
Besides that, wrought iron grilles will not tarnish easily. The price of grilles depends on the design too. However, wrought iron grilles are thinner than mild steel grilles to create more shape design. The toughness is reduce and easy to saw through.
Stainless Steel Grilles
This is the most expensive materials to make a grille. Stainless steel grilles are very strong and do not tarnish. They only colour of stainless steel grilles is silver and the design are limited.
Choose the grilles according to the purpose and security level, but not only the attractiveness.
In Malaysia, crime is getting serious. One of the ways to strengthen the security is installing door grilles. There are two types of grille which you can choose from: external fixed grilles and internal fixed grilles.
External fixed grilles
We can often saw external fixed grilles installed on commercial building, basement windows, back streets windows, and alleyways windows. An external fixed grille was build with a steel frame with vertical welded bars which function as decorative style. The grilles usually installed side of the windows or onto the face brickwork.
If your windows is needed for emergency exit or it was the only windows in the room, it is not recommend installing external grilles. If you have no other choice, install external grilles which secured with padlocks. Do not forget where you place the key incase there is any emergency happened.
Internal fixed grilles
This are more commonly found and given a wide range of designs, security level, and functions. Internal fixed grilles can be fitted into brickwork or onto window frame. It was usually design in diamond or square shape, and a flat bar is located to allow you to open and close the windows.
Other functions for fixed grilles
In Malaysia, it was 365 days of hot weather. We usually open the window to cooling our house. But, we always afraid to open windows at night because we worry someone will climb into our bed room. We can install a fanlight casement window to solve this problem above the windows or doors. We can also install alarm censor on the windows or door grilles.