Environmental Impact of Aluminium Balustrades vs. Steel

Increasing numbers of people are becoming more conscious of the products they choose as humankind’s impact on the Earth becomes clearer. The home improvement and property industries are no different.

Balconette is committed to carbon efficient business practices. We try our best to reduce the impact of our manufacturing and installation processes on the environment. Our focus on quality and durability means we have chosen anodised aluminium and glass as the key components of our products. That’s because these materials create durable, cost-effective and attractive balustrades and balconies. But the benefits don’t end there.

Aluminium Offcuts

The factors that make aluminium a great choice from a manufacturing and product perspective, also give it environmental advantages.  Because aluminium is light yet strong, it’s more cost-effective to transport. Lorries use less fuel and moving aluminium fixtures around a warehouse or loading on and off trucks is more efficient.

In contrast, stainless steel uses more energy during manufacturing. It’s also more difficult to recycle off-cuts, meaning it can be a more wasteful process. Its weight also makes it more costly and difficult to transport.

Tea Stain on Handrail

Aluminium can live forever

All good things must come to an end, and when an aluminium and glass balustrade must eventually be replaced, it can be almost entirely recycled. The glass is simplicity itself to recycle and so is aluminium. And if your balustrading is made with anodised aluminium, it’s a high-value, untainted version of aluminium that’s highly sought-after. You may find you can sell an old aluminium balcony to a scrap merchant for more than you’d expect.

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