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How Do I Choose the Best Balcony Guard?

K. K. Lowen
K. K. Lowen

You may want to consider many factors before choosing a balcony guard. Balcony guards may be designed specifically for safety purposes, ornamental purposes, or a combination of both. If children or pets have access to a balcony, setting up special safety guards may be a good idea.

There are many types of balcony guards, and they are made from a variety of materials. You may want to consider the materials used to make the guard because it can affect durability, safety, and appearance. Metal balcony guards are a popular choice because of the strength and durability of metals, but wood, glass, and plastic are also common materials used to manufacture balcony guards. Consider what material will be most visually appealing for you, the cost of each type, and whether a certain kind of balcony guard material will meet your safety requirements.

A house with a balcony.
A house with a balcony.

Some guards are not permanent structures. When children or pets will be using a balcony, a retractable guard can be put in place to enhance their safety. Retractable balcony guards are especially useful for balconies that have railings in which the bars are far enough apart for a child or animal to fit through. Some temporary guards also are designed to prevent climbing, usually utilizing a smooth material that is not susceptible to animal claws and provides no finger holds. Many of the guards are transparent, allowing people to protect a child or pet without obstructing the view.

People often choose a balcony guard that complements other balcony décor. For example, if you have wrought iron furniture on your balcony, you may choose to install a matching wrought iron balcony guard rail. When used on a home balcony, guards may be chosen to match the general design of a house as well. You may not wish to install a modern-style balcony guard on a home with classic architecture, for instance. Most styles and types of balcony guards, however, are designed for safety and may be neutral enough to fit any décor or style of home.

Balcony guards are available for a wide range of prices. Some rails meant strictly for decorative purposes may be expensive because of the craftsmanship or materials used. It is a good idea to think about how much you can spend on a guard. If you plan to have a professional install the balcony guard, it can increase the cost. Some people who have the tools and knowledge needed for installation choose to do the job themselves, which may be a good option for those who wish to save money.

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    • A house with a balcony.
      By: Tatty
      A house with a balcony.