Timber System

Laidlaw Balustrades – The Timber System

Performance Characteristics

Structural stability

The balustrades can resist a uniformly distributed line load of up to 0.74kN/m, making it suitable for use on all staircases, except those that are likely to be subject to overcrowding by the general public. To view the British Standards click here.


The timber rails are coated with a colourless lacquer, suitable for use internally. The lacquered finish ensures that it is easy to keep clean.

Where the associated components are nylon-sleeved, the material is coloured throughout, so the colour cannot be chipped, scratched off or worn away. Similarly, any stainless steel components are of marine grade stainless steel. For both these materials, maintenance is minimal with any marks being easily removed with a damp cloth.

Touch characteristics

Because stainless steel has a very high thermal conductivity, a timber rail is much more comfortable to hold.

Tactile characteristics

All handrails and balustrades finish by returning to a wall or with a closed end. This tells a visually impaired user that they have reached the end of a flight and ensures that clothing cannot be snagged on an open-ended rail. Handrails terminate either with a rose fixing on the wall or with a stop end.

Visual characteristics

Due to its range of timber finishes and the choice material for the other components, the Laidlaw Timber system provides plenty of opportunities to meet the latest guidelines for visual contrast as determined by a difference in LRV (Light Reflectance Value). To view the British Standards click here. Nylon components, in particular, have a colour range that gives plenty of scope for the handrails or balustrades to contrast well against their background. View examples of colours and finishes.

Design compatibility

The stainless steel uprights and connections complement the Orbis range of architectural hardware and other stainless steel design elements. Similarly, the nylon colours are the same as those used for the Normbau architectural ironmongery range of lever furniture, pull handles and push plates for doors, giving numerous opportunities for colour matching.

The timber range

The timber handrails and balustrades top rails are available in four standard finishes as standard (see left):
European Ash
European Oak


A Walnut finish is also available for large quantities.