Aluminium lacework reproduced correctly can appear so authentic that they are very difficult to distinguish from cast iron lacework, especially when installed in balustrades, lacework balustrades, gates, verandahs and fencing.
However, incorrect use of lightweight aluminium lacework can impact the reproduction of an old building. It is important to make sure that the building’s woodwork is level and sound so that the aluminium lacework is not installed on an uneven surface.
Lacework balustrades were generally installed using a timber top rail. A wide range of authentic looking aluminium rails is manufactured today. However in Sydney, the majority of rails are smaller and made of steel or aluminium. Aluminium handrails available today come in timber finishes, are maintenance-free and much lighter to work with, and will not rot or corrode. Aluminium balustrade panels can be easily installed.
Aluminium lacework is available from Chatterton Lacework .