Site specific design

Canterbury Balustrade has balustrade designs that meet or exceed the requirements of the NZ Building Code. This is also the case for every new product we introduce.

Our engineering team continually provides unique, one-off solutions for architects and the specifier who is looking to push the boundaries of ‘standard’ design.

Our team can bring your ideas to life.

Service & support

At Canterbury Balustrade, we believe that it’s not just all about the product. Service and support to customers, architects, designers, councils and builders is very important, too.

We strive to make dealing with Canterbury Balustrade an enjoyable experience.

Not only can we provide comprehensive technical specifications on standard details, but we can also provide site-specific designs when a situation is outside the textbook.

This ethos of service and support runs throughout the company, whether it is routinely delivering in full and on time, or the quick turnaround of quoting and estimation.

Testing for safety

Our number one priority is the safety of the end-user, giving you peace of mind.

Engineering plays an integral part in balustrade design, as the product must comply with stringent legal requirements to withstand potential loads.

The product is not only designed with experienced engineering expertise but many items are physically tested as well.

Colours to frame your home

Choosing the colour and surface finish for your Balustrade, Handrail or Screen is a crucial part of the design process. It is important that you choose the right product for the right application to ensure the life of your surface finish.

ColourScape™ range is a quality decorative selection of surface finishes for aluminium balustrades, screens and handrails. There are no less than 36 powder-coated options in our popular ColourScape™ range, plus over 100 more to choose from in matt, gloss, satin, flat, pearlescent and textured finishes. So that whatever look you’re after, our range of colours can easily complement any of your existing colours of cladding, roof and gutters.

ColourScape™ is designed to protect your aluminium joinery and retain colour integrity for at least 15 years.* That’s down to a high UV tolerance, designed to withstand the harsh New Zealand climate.

Why powder coating?

Aluminium is an excellent material for use in joinery and construction. But, while it is a naturally resilient surface, it still needs some protection from the elements. There are several ways to protect architectural aluminium such as anodising and powder coating. Choosing a powder coated aluminium finish will give your project both a stylish and durable look. A powder coat finish is also safe for the environment as well as being safe for those involved in its application. The application process is free of solvents.

Enhance your home

ColourScape™ range of inspiring colours has been created especially for powder coated aluminium joinery. With colours that reflect modern design trends, the range provides you with the flexibility to either complement or enhance the individual style of your home.

Your perfect colour solution

From the pureness of snow-driven whites to soft rich creams, dramatic reds and soothing blues, there’s a colour just right for you and your home. Our impressive range of permanent colours makes the important decision of colour selection easy and failsafe. You’ll know you’ve made the perfect choice.

Seamless colour transition

Complement your choice of colours on windows and doors to any other colour you want. You may follow the theme that has been applied to the exterior of your house or allow the interior colours to take the lead. Match the roof, make a feature of special areas, blend into the natural surroundings, stand out from the crowd… the decision is yours.

Long lasting colours

When you are choosing your colour it is important to remember that different colours and finishes will perform differently depending on the aspect and environment. You may want to consider, for example, lighter colours for locations exposed to high UV levels to get the best performance from your powder coated joinery.



The principal members of all Eclipse Vogue Balustrade systems are made from 6000 series extruded aluminium alloys, which have been selected for their strength, finish, and corrosion resistance. The suitability of aluminium as a durable metal in external environments, even when unprotected, has been confirmed by some 30 to 40 years of performance history. Aluminium also provides an excellent substrate for surface finishing systems to adhere to. Some minor items, such as end caps, are made from cast aluminium using primary billet. Fasteners are also either made from aluminium (eg.- rivets), or stainless steel for maximum durability. All fixing anchors are made from stainless steel. The use of these materials, combined with observance of the Care and Maintenance Instructions will ensure a long-lasting product.

Stainless steel

The principal members of custom fabricated balustrades are made from various options of 316 or 304 grade stainless steel material sections, these provide durability for interior or exterior use and the option of a high shine or a brushed finish.

Mild steel

The principal members of custom fabricated balustrades are made from various options of mild steel material sections including ornate wrought iron styles. Various finishes are available on request to suit interior or exterior use. These include powdercoating and or painting with or without galvanic protection.


Canterbury Balustrade Ltd provides a wide choice of glazed balustrades, which are very popular due to their minimal obstruction of view. Glass for balustrades must comply with section F2 of the New Zealand Building Code. Toughened Glass: This is called for a product specifications. It is very strong, but if broken it fragments into relatively small and harmless pieces. On very rare occasions it has been known to break either spontaneously or from a sharp blow on an unprotected edge. Laminated Glass: Laminated glass while being stronger than ordinary glass does not have the same desirable properties as Toughened glass, and is not preferred as a first choice.

Surface finishing

One of the advantages of Aluminium as a material is that it provides an excellent substrate for surface finishing. Aluminium is therefore the preferred choice of material where coloured coatings are required. The main coating method used is “Powdercoating”. Anodizing is also available but with a much more limited choice of colour.

Powder coating

Powdercoatings are applied as a powder, electrostatically charged to provide a uniform film thickness, followed by baking and final oven curing, resulting in a tough, smooth, and even coating. This process is performed in factory controlled conditions, and consistently gives a more uniform and superior finish compared to wet coating. Powdercoatings also have excellent adhesion to pretreated aluminium. The use of solvents for cleaning powdercoated surfaces should be strictly avoided.


Anodizing is an induced thickening of the natural protective oxide film on the metal’s surface, and not a coating in the usual sense. The resulting film is clear, hard, extremely corrosion resistant, and capable of being coloured. Colour options are however relatively limited, with Satin (Natural aluminium colour), Medium Bronze and Dark Bronze being the main colours economically available for balustrades. Some accessories, such as cast endcaps, cannot be anodized, and must be powdercoated in a co-coordinating colour. The depth of the anodized film can be varied to suit the application. The use of abrasives for cleaning should be avoided as they can damage the anodic layer beyond repair.

Care & maintenance

Instructions are made available to every purchaser of the Care and Maintenance of balustrades. It is important that building every owner observes these recommendations to obtain the durability required in the NZ Building Code.


Safety barriers shall be maintained in a structurally sound condition and, where applicable, self-closing gates and other components required for the protection of children shall be kept operable. Defects shall be remedied immediately they are apparent.

Surface Finish

While surface finishes do not last forever, observance of these instructions will maintain their appearance and significantly extend their useful life. Observance of these instructions is also required to achieve Durability performance and for surface finish warranties to be valid (where applicable). They apply to both anodized and powdercoated surfaces.

Care and Protection

Protect the balustrades at all times from contact with:

  • Wet cement or plaster, paint splashes, chemicals, solvents, stains and fertilisers. If contact does occur, remove the contaminant immediately and wash as described below.
  • Copper, brass, lead, mild steel, CCA treated timber, cement or concrete less than 1 month old, and water which has contacted any of these substances.

The balustrade and its fixing points must be cleaned down at least every six months. In areas where pollutants are common such as industrial or geothermal areas, and for all sites within 1 km from the sea or in any sea spray zone identified by Section 4.2 of NZS 3604:1999, cleaning must be carried out more frequently as required, but not less than every three months.