5 Advantages of Stainless Steel Wire Rope Balustrades

5 Advantages of Stainless Steel Wire Rope Balustrades

When selecting a material for a balustrade or barrier, it is crucial to consider not only aesthetics and performance but also its impact on surrounding views.

Additionally, the maintenance requirements of the balustrade should be taken into account, especially in commercial settings.

While glass is a popular choice for balustrades due to its transparency, low maintenance needs, and modern appearance, stainless steel wire rope balustrades offer a viable alternative that, in some aspects, outperform glass.

Here are the benefits of stainless steel wire rope balustrades:

  1. Transparency

Stainless steel wire rope can create sleek and unobtrusive balustrades that frame and showcase a view without obstructing it. These balustrades also allow for natural light and airflow.

  1. Durability and Longevity

Despite its lightweight appearance, stainless steel wire rope is incredibly robust. For instance, marine-grade wire rope from Tensile Cables can last up to 25 years in a commercial installation.

  1. Low Maintenance

Stainless steel wire rope balustrades have minimal maintenance requirements. They usually only require an annual inspection to check tensioning and identify any possible issues. Unlike glass, which attracts dirt and smudges, stainless steel wire rope requires little to no cleaning.

  1. Versatile Design Options

Wire rope balustrades offer design versatility and flexibility. They can be configured horizontally or vertically, creating a contemporary minimalist look. Additionally, Another design possibility is using wire rope to support climbing plants, creating a “green barrier.” Compared to solid materials like glass and timber, wire rope can accommodate very large spans.

  1. Easy Installation

Due to its light weight and easy handling, stainless steel wire rope is relatively quick and straightforward to install compared to heavier materials.

By considering these benefits, stainless steel wire rope balustrades become an attractive option that combines functionality, aesthetics, and ease of maintenance.

Case examples of stainless steel wire rope balustrades
  1. House Baviaanskloof
  2. Elephants Eye Luxury Lodge
  3. Rickety Bridge
  4. Blunt Architects – Vertical Cable Balustrade/Trellis