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How do I protect offsite balustrades from damage during construction?

Posted on 21st February 2022

Konnekt offsite modular balustrades are installed to precast concrete stairs prior to installation on site. They are then delivered to site and craned into the stair core, providing an instant safe stair for all trades.

The instant safe stair removes the need for temporary edge protection and allows tradesmen to move freely and safely within the stair core. However, a site stairwell is a busy place with trades working as quickly and efficiently as possible, moving materials from one section of the build to another.

So when choosing Konnekt the team are often asked ‘do the balustrades get damaged upon installation?’ and ‘how do we protect the balustrades from busy trades?’

The application of protective wrapping in the factory after manufacture significantly reduces the risk of damage to balustrades on installation.

For handrails and uprights foam inserts can be used to protect against any accidental knocks from equipment being moved up and down the stair core. Foam inserts are suggested as a minimum protection and is best suited to modular balustrades with a powder primer finish, ready to be painted on site towards the end of the project.

Additional protection in the form of shrink wrap can also be applied to the offsite balustrades before they are connected to the pre-cast concrete stair. This is a heavy duty protection and needs to be applied as a minimum level of protection if a final finish has been applied to the modular balustrades before installation, e.g. powder coated balustrades or handrails. Manufacturing balustrades with final finish from the outset and protecting the finish with shrink wrap saves painting the entire system, removing additional cost and trades in a busy stairwell near the time of project handover.

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