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Aluminium balustrades and accessibility.

When we talk about making a building accessible instinctively we think about installing a lift or placing a ramp. However, there are some situations in which just a simple aluminium balustrade improves accessibility. Furthermore, the balustrades and hand rails, which we use daily, have other important functions.

Universal accessibility is a concept associated to wheelchair users, when in fact what it is intended is that the buildings could be used by as many people as possible. So some criteria must be included to facilitate its use by deaf-mute, blind, elderly individuals…everyone.

An aluminium balustrade or handrail can improve not just accessibility in your buildings, but also your safety. For example, an elderly person will find much easier to walk up a ramp with the help of a hand rail. In places frequented by children it is very important that they cannot climb or cross through the bars easily to avoid falls and accidents. The reference standards to consider a building as accessible are the Technical Building Code, in its Basic Document on Use and Accessibility Safety, and the Autonomous Regulations regarding this issue. In the case of balustrades the following technical specifications are established:

Balustrades (as protective barriers)

  • They must be installed when there is a gap of over 55 cm.
  • They will be 90 cm high if the distance of the fall is less than 6 m.
  • They will be 110 cm high when the depth is more than 6 m.

 

Handrails

  • They must be installed at least in one side when there is a fall of over 55 cm. If the stair or ramp is wider than 1,20m, they will be installed in both sides.
  • When the flight is wider than 4 m an intermediate handrail will be installed.
  • The handrail must be extended 30 cm at the ends.
  • It will have a height between 90 and 110 cm and between 65 and 75 when it is used by children or it is located in an accessible itinerary.
  • It will be separated for at least 4 cm from the wall and it will be continuous.
  • They will have a thickness between 3 and 5 cm so they will be easy to grab.

Collected data of the CTE DB-SUA 1.                            

**Spanish Building Technical Code, Please see the equivalent code in your country

Also, among the characteristics, we must check if they are easy and fast to assemble, with an ergonomic design and anodizing and powder coating finishes which provide aesthetic beauty and durability. In our catalogue you will find a wide range of profiles easy to develop and with an innovative design in E-50 series.

 

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