Balustrades and barriers – water entry/deterioration of solid balustrade

Cause

Hairline cracking in monolithic (plaster) cladding

Repair

  • obtain professional advice on remediation
  • water entry into the structure is likely to require significant remedial work including: removing and replacing the solid balustrade wall, removing any top-mounted handrail, sealing the top of the balustrade wall, installing a side-mounted handrail, flashing the top of the solid balustrade wall, and ensuring a fall away from the building to the top face of the solid balustrade wall. Ensure that there is a saddle flashing to the junction of the solid balustrade wall with the full wall. 
  • where it is suspected that the building may be leaking and there is a risk of damage, engage a building surveyor to report on the building and advise on repair options

Cause

The handrail is fixed to the top of solid balustrade wall

Repair

  • obtain professional advice on remediation
  • water entry into the structure is likely to require significant remedial work including: removing and replacing the solid balustrade wall, removing any top-mounted handrail, sealing the top of the balustrade wall, installing a side-mounted handrail, flashing the top of the solid balustrade wall, and ensuring a fall away from the building to the top face of the solid balustrade wall. Ensure that there is a saddle flashing to the junction of the solid balustrade wall with the full wall. 
  • where it is suspected that the building may be leaking and there is a risk of damage, engage a building surveyor to report on the building and advise on repair options

Cause

There is no flashing or an inadequate flashing to the top of the solid balustrade wall

Repair

  • obtain professional advice on remediation
  • water entry into the structure is likely to require significant remedial work including: removing and replacing the solid balustrade wall, removing any top-mounted handrail, sealing the top of the balustrade wall, installing a side-mounted handrail, flashing the top of the solid balustrade wall, and ensuring a fall away from the building to the top face of the solid balustrade wall. Ensure that there is a saddle flashing to the junction of the solid balustrade wall with the full wall. 
  • where it is suspected that the building may be leaking and there is a risk of damage, engage a building surveyor to report on the building and advise on repair options

Cause

There is a reliance on the plaster finish to provide waterproofing

Repair

  • obtain professional advice on remediation
  • water entry into the structure is likely to require significant remedial work including: removing and replacing the solid balustrade wall, removing any top-mounted handrail, sealing the top of the balustrade wall, installing a side-mounted handrail, flashing the top of the solid balustrade wall, and ensuring a fall away from the building to the top face of the solid balustrade wall. Ensure that there is a saddle flashing to the junction of the solid balustrade wall with the full wall. 
  • where it is suspected that the building may be leaking and there is a risk of damage, engage a building surveyor to report on the building and advise on repair options