Here at Ecoscape we believe style and design should also incorporate practicality. We offer a wide range of glass, steel and composite balustrade systems to suit any commercial or residential project, ideal for use with our composite decking range.
If you’re planning to install composite decking, or have already done so, then you may also be looking to install a composite balustrade around the edge of your deck. Installing a balustrade will increase the safety of your deck whilst also giving it a more complete and elegant look. There are many benefits to choosing composite instead of other materials such as wood. They are low-maintenance, long-lasting, environmentally friendly, and much more.
Like composite decking, composite balustrades are made from a mixture of recycled wood and recycled plastic polymers. This makes them very resistant to water, and they don’t absorb moisture in the way that wood balustrades do.
This is particularly beneficial for countries with wet climates such as the UK. After a period of heavy rainfall, you can expect a composite balustrade to be dry within 30 minutes of water exposure.
No composite products need to be sealed as they are naturally resistant to water and rot. This is one of the many advantages that composite has over wood. However, it can be beneficial to seal your composite balustrade as it will give it added protection against the elements.
This will make it even more resistant to water and rot and may increase its longevity. If you decide to seal your balustrade, make sure that you use an eco-friendly sealant that doesn’t contain any biocides, heavy metals or solvents.
As with composite decking boards, composite wood-plastic balustrades are highly durable and long-lasting. On average, balustrades should last between 25 and 30 years before they need to be replaced. Wood balustrades usually need to be replaced after 10 years or so.
As with composite decking boards, composite balustrades are UV-resistant which means that they don’t fade much over time. After their installation, they will fade slightly during the first few months. However, once this period is over, the fading should cease.
Our Clarity technology isn’t guaranteed against fading, as stated above the material will fade with the first three months seeing the biggest change, afterwards the colour will be stable with a minimal change in colour year on year.
Cleaning composite products is very straightforward. You can either use a power washer or just hot water, soap, and a soft bristle brush. Composite balustrades are as low-maintenance as composite decking and will only need to be cleaned around once every 6 months. We would recommend cleaning lighter colour decks more often.
If your balustrade has accumulated a lot of dirt after a storm, for example, then it may be best to use a power washer to clean it effectively.
The plastic content in composite balustrades means that they’re naturally resistant to rot. Unlike timber balustrades, moisture can’t penetrate into the core of composite, which means rot can’t take hold. This is one of the main reasons for the longevity of both composite decking and balustrades.
Unlike a wood balustrade, a composite balustrade doesn’t require staining or painting. Composite balustrades come in a wide range of colours, such as charcoal, walnut, graphite, ash and autumn.
The versatile array of colours means you’ll easily be able to find a balustrade that compliments your decking area well. Composite products are very low-maintenance and will save you money over time as you won’t need to buy expensive paints or stainers.
Whether or not you need to install a balustrade will depend on the height of your deck. Currently, the safety regulations in the UK state that any deck that is over 600mm in height must have a handrail and railings installed.
The regulations also state that the handrail must be at least 1100mm above the deck. When you begin your decking project, you will have to consider this as failure to comply would mean that you’ll be in violation of UK safety codes.
Before purchasing your balustrade we would recommend you speak with your architect, main contractor or Building Control.
We offer several different types of composite balustrade packages at very affordable prices. Our composite system is £77.60 per linear metre, our composite and glass balustrades are £128 per linear metre, and our composite and wire balustrades are £99.50 per linear metre.
As with composite decking, composite balustrades are a much more eco-friendly option than other materials such as timber. The wood fibres and plastic that are used to manufacture composite are recycled materials, and no trees have to be felled for it to be made.
Also, composite doesn’t need to be treated, stained, sealed, or painted, which means that no harmful chemicals are released into the environment as part of its maintenance.
Our composite balustrades are made with up to 95% recycled material, and all of the wood we use is FSC-certified.
We offer three different packages of composite balustrades that have varying heights and widths. Our composite systems have dimensions of 970mm x 1640mm. Our composite and glass balustrades have handrail dimensions of 42.4mm x 3000/6000mm, and a glass size of 10-12mm.
Our composite and wire balustrades have dimensions of 42.4mm x 3000/6000mm, and a wire size of 3mm. Our estimating team at Ecoscape is on hand to help with all enquires. Please contact for further information.
All of our composite balustrade packages including the composite system, the composite and glass balustrades, and the composite and wire balustrades come with a 20-year warranty.
Composite is a highly durable material and has a lot of longevity. The 20-year warranties we offer as standard on our balustrades reflect this. Replacements and repairs are very rare for all composite products, including balustrades.
When you purchase a composite balustrade system from Ecoscape you will have the choice of three kits. Kit 1 (EC-BALUSTRADE-__) will contain 2 x handrail (1640 x 93 x 45mm), 10 x spindle (900 x 54 x 54mm), 20 x spindle inserts (37.5 x 37.5 x 15mm) and 2 x handrail brackets (50 x 50 x 40mm). Kit 2 (EC-BALUSTR-FMP-__) will contain a Newel Post (2400 x 95 x 95mm) and a post cap (115 x 115 x 50mm). Kit 3 (BALUSTR-SMP-__) will contain a Newel Post (1150 x 95 x 95mm), a post cap (115 x 115 x 50mm) and a bolt down support (700 x 95 x 95mm).
Balustrades and balusters are different things. Balusters are essentially the same as spindles and are used as a support for the top rail of fencing and various types of railings. They can be made of many different materials, such as stone, wood, iron, or composite.
A balustrade is a complete structure comprising a top rail, spindles or balusters, and usually posts, a bottom rail, and post caps. It can be used in the garden and other outdoor areas, as well as indoors.
The best way to remove stains from a composite balustrade is to act as quickly as possible. If you’re present when the spill occurs, make sure you wipe the fluid up straight away to prevent it from staining.
If there is any grease in the liquid, you’ll need to clean the balustrade with warm, soapy water and a soft bristle brush. Just make sure that the water you use isn’t too hot as this could cause damage to the balustrade and affect the colour.
As with composite decking, composite balustrades have many advantages over wooden alternatives. Composite balustrades tend to be more sturdy than wooden ones and are less likely to crack or split, meaning they should remain splinter-free.
As a material, composite is also very low-maintenance when compared to wood. Like timber decking, timber balustrades need to be treated, stained and sealed to prevent them from rotting.
Although wooden balustrades can be purchased for affordable prices, they are costly to maintain and will be more expensive over their lifespan than composite balustrades.