Different types of Glass Balustrades.
Glass balustrades are classed as a barrier where there is a drop to one side of more than 600mm and therefore glass balustrades are primarily used for safety purposes but they can look very contemporary and stylish instead of using a solid wall.
The specifications of the fittings and the glass are required to meet building regulations, they have load requirements suitable for the barriers purpose. These loading calculation are often determined by an architect or a structural engineer. Frameless Glass barriers mean that the glass is not just regarded as an infill, but a structural barrier. ‘Toughened laminated’ or ‘laminated glass’ is widely used for this purpose and to varying thicknesses depending on the specification required
The image above will be regarded as such a structural barrier whilst maintaining the view.
All glass balustrades are made to measure. Therefore, because of this, there are many different shapes and sizes available. Fixing of the glass can be at the side or top. This is an example of side-fixed glass balustrade with stainless steel fixings being specifically used on sets of 4’s for the weight of the glass.
This balustrade in the shopping centre above has the same side fixings but has curved glass too which is stunning and calculated with extreme precision. The top rail helps to line the glass panels, but this is still skilled workmanship with the labour involved in installing this type of glass work being intensive, especially because of the weight of the glass.
Fixings can be hidden so they look completely frameless and minimal, taking up very little room as opposed to the traditional solid panels of the past.
This is another example of how glass is being exploited on a look-out point in Pathos. The glass allow the views to be seen, but providing a very safe balcony. The balustrade’s interruption of the view very minimal and the effect is very contemporary.
Below is of a development in Pathos, Cyprus, which has a simple yet 'over-specified' glass balustrade.The step was only 500mm from the ground and could have used 12mm toughened glass but because it was an outdoor commercial space stronger glass was utilised - better to be safe than sorry in this case?
Post and Clamp System
This product is by far the quickest deliverable glass balustrade on the market. The glass is toughened and can be produced within 1 week... (toughened laminated is 4 weeks). The stainless steel posts and clamps can be delivered within a couple of days and built straight away in a couple of week you can have a beautiful glass barrier. The preference is yours.