Homes and Property
Balusters need maintenance
Posted Wednesday, October 23 2013 at 00:00
A balcony is that area of the house where we love to “hang” out in and take in some fresh air as we get a clear view of the surrounding area; others use it to entertain their visitors while children like playing at the balcony. Some balconies however are not properly made and can be dangerous to the occupants of the house or flat.
There are various options to pick from to make a balcony beautiful and secure.Joseph Omaswa, a builder says one may use balusters to make their balcony. “Balusters are moulded from a mixture of cement, sand, stones and sometimes metal,” Omaswa says. “They come in various shapes, designs and size and are readily available on the market here in Kampala,” he adds. “They can be used for structural and decorative purposes, they also can in full and half sizes, full being three meters and half two metres” Omaswa says.
The builder says the main advantages of the balusters is that they are long lasting, easy to maintain and can withstand any weight. They are also very strong and so can protect those that may swing or sit on them. Unlike metallic rails the balusters do not rust and do not waste away easily.
“Although balusters are beautiful and long lasting if they are not properly looked after they can become an eye sore as they may develop fungi and other ugly patches from paint washed away by running rain water” Omaswa says.
Omaswa adds that during the dry season the balusters harbor dust if not carefully cleaned; they also have rough ends and can be dangerous to infants especially as they try to climb them. “The other problem with balusters is that some are not well made and depending on the traffic where it is placed it may give way sooner than later so you one must be very careful when he or she is choosing them, Omaswa advises.
Sekitoleko Charles a resident of Luzira says he decided to use balusters because they are trendy and beautiful. “They are also very easy to maintain l paint them only once a year unlike metallic rails which need constant maintenance” he says.
Semambo Aggrey agrees with him saying that he has had balusters for the last ten years and he has no regrets at all, “although l have had them for ten years they look just as new all l do is to paint them and ensure they are well cared for” Semambo says. “The only disadvantage is that if you need to replace anyone of them you have to break the slab” Semambo adds.
Asio Evelyn a land lady says although she would have loved to have them she can not afford them, “they are very expensive can you imagine one costs 15,000/= and for my balcony l need at least thirty of them” she says.