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10 Maintenance tips for your glass balustrade.

Updated: Jun 8, 2020

If you have decided to go for the classy finish and futuristic appeal of glass balustrades, you can look forward to creating a dramatic effect. However, you also need to ensure you are familiar with their upkeep and maintenance needs. These ten tips should help to make lighter work of keeping your balustrades looking stunning.

One of the things that many people fail to consider when choosing this type of home installation is how much time and effort is involved in maintenance. Some balustrade materials are very low maintenance while others require more effort. If you have decided to opt for the beauty of glass frameless balustrades, you will need to put in less effort than if you have decided to go with glass with posts and clamps. While they are a costs effective solution always consider the maintenance over the years ahead.

If you want to keep them looking their best, here are some of the tips that can help you along the way for glass with clamps construction:

1. Make sure you check for damage and chips on the glass.

The glass used for this type of installation will be toughened or laminated glass. This is for safety reasons, as it ensures that the glass does not shatter. Whilst this is the main benefit the, nature of this safety glass means that it is more likely to get chipped and damaged. Make sure you check regularly for any damage or chipped areas so that they can be rectified as soon as possible.

2. Make the area glass friendly:

You wouldn’t put something flammable next to a naked flame, would you? In the same way, don’t put anything that is likely to cause damage next to glass balustrades. By making sure the area is glass-friendly, you can avoid the risk of damage. This will then save you money, time, and inconvenience, as well as keeping your balustrades looking in great shape.

3. Make sure you check the components:

When you have these balustrades fitted, you will also need to check all the components carefully. This will help to ensure that there is no damage that could affect the balustrades or the safety of your rails. You can simply check these as you do your regular clean.

4. Clean regularly:

By cleaning the glass balustrades regularly, you can make light work of the process. If you leave them for long periods between cleaning, it will not only affect their appearance but will leave you facing a mammoth cleaning task. When you clean the balustrades, you can use soap and water or a window cleaning solution. Either way, make sure you wipe over with a lint-free cloth or kitchen roll for a smear-free finish and plenty of sparkle.

5. Use coating products to protect the glass:

If you want to keep your glass looking better for longer and reduce the risk of issues, you can add protection. There are special coatings and waxes that can be applied to your glass balustrades and these can help to make protecting and maintaining them far easier.

6.Check for stability:

In order to enjoy continued safety and minimise the risk of hazard issues, you should carry out a thorough stability check every so often. Experts recommend checking the stability of the balustrades every six months or so.

7. Make sure you also clean the surrounds:

Don’t make the mistake of cleaning the glass and not bothering with the rail or frame. To create the perfect finish, make sure you also clean and maintain the rail and frame. There’s nothing quite like freshly polished chrome!

8. Choose Ultra clear glass or Low iron glass.

This glass is the Rolls Royce of glass, it's beauty lies in the reduction of the green tint normally found in glass products therefore using this product choice already makes it look cleaner and will look fantastic with less maintenance and cleaning.

9. Use Outdoor grade Stainless Steel for the Clamps

Using this finish will help to maintain the appearance of the fitting but always wipe them regularly with a damp cloth especially when the weather has been wet or humid. Mildew can often form on the fittings and can overtime rust them.

10. Enjoy the beauty of your glass balustrade

Once you have developed the cleaning and maintenance routine for your glass balustrades, you can start looking forward to enjoying the beauty that they offer. These balustrades are perfect for adding style, class, and elegance to any area. They are also the perfect choice if you are choosing rails and frames that are made from stainless steel. This is because the two materials complement one another perfectly.

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