A contemporary glass balustrade will give your home a more open feel and let the light flow through. If you are considering updating your existing staircase, or looking to install a brand new one, a glass balustrade could give you the finishing touches you are looking for.
Here at Ideal Glass we supply both residential and commercial glass balustrades in Crawley and the surrounding areas. Our wide selection of custom made, contemporary glass balustrades can add a whole new look to your home, whilst offering a safe and stylish alternative to more traditional styles.
What is a glass balustrade?
Glass balustrades can be used in both commercial and domestic settings and enable a simple staircase to be turned into a stunning feature. They create the illusion of space and keep any staircase feeling bright and airy.
What types of glass balustrade are available?
There are two distinct categories of glass balustrades that are most commonly found on both commercial and residential staircases. These are:
- Glass balustrades that are reliant on posts, and
- Glass balustrades that are reliant structural glass
Balustrades – Vertical Posts
Balustrades that rely on the vertical posts for their strength, can have variations in types of post, the frequency and distance between posts and how the glass is connected to the post. A decision will also need to be made on whether or not there will be hand rail fitted.
When using vertical posts, the glass is usually fixed via clasps or lugs that are fixed to the post and hold the panels securely and firmly in place for the duration of the lifetime of the balustrade.
Balustrades – Structural Glass
Balustrades made from structural glass are also known as frameless systems. In these types of system, the glass acts as the entire structure and not just a panel that is used to fill in the gaps. Frameless systems rely on the strength of the glass, which must be strong enough to take any load applied onto it. The glass is usually cantilevered and requires thick panels of glass. These systems will have a handrail on the top of them for additional safety.
How Safe Are Glass Balustrades?
As you would expect, balustrades made of glass are subject to strict regulations to ensure that they offer a safe and effective barrier.
Whatever type of glass balustrade you chose to have fitted, they must meet with certain codes and regulations and should be inspected upon completion. Building control regulations must be considered when installing this product and here at Ideal Glass we are experts in ensuring that your glass balustrades meets all regulations required.
Most glass systems that utilise handrails use single toughened glass sheets, including structural glass system. Usually 10mm on posted systems or 15mm on structural systems.
If you are looking to install glass balustrades without a handrail, you must consider the thickness of the glass as well as the type and thickness of the interlayer. At Ideal Glass and Glazing, we use glass that is safe and strong, which reinforces the glass construction giving it extra rigidity for use in barriers or balconies.
Why Choose Glass Balustrades for Your Crawley Home or Business?
We specialise in providing the very highest quality glass balustrades, all of our systems are designed to withstand day to day wear and tear. They are also incredibly easy to clean and maintain. Our glass balustrades can also be used for both interior and exterior stairs and balconies.
Our comprehensive design and installation service means we will supply and install interior or exterior glass balustrade systems, glazed screens and sneeze screens, all custom made to fit your requirements. All of our exterior glass can be treated with an Anti-Scale treatment for 70% prevention on water marks and an after-care spray is available.
Commercial and Residential Glass Balustrades
Choosing glass balustrades for commercial buildings offers a stylish, cost effective and low maintenance alternative to traditional wooden or steel varieties. Glass balustrades can also add a unique contemporary look and feel to your residential interiors. As well as looking fantastic, they are also extremely safe, easy to clean and offer a superior alternative to wood or metal balustrades.
The Finest Selection of Commercial and Residential Balustrades In Crawley
Ideal Glass will supply and fit the very best glass balustrades for your commercial or residential setting. We can add a contemporary look to your home or workplace, whilst still providing a strong and secure balustrade that will last for many years to come.
Call our team today on 0208 763 8222 to see how a glass balustrade can improve your home or business premises.
How Long Does It Take To Install?
In most cases bespoke shower screens, splashbacks and balconies can be installed in less than one day, so there will not be high installation costs. However, please note that this is for installation only, it may take up to 10-15 days from date of order for production of the glass itself and then delivery.
Are Glass Balustrades Safe?
We adhere to the BS British Standard to satisfy building regulations.
What Glass Is Used In Your Installation Projects?
We will discuss the best glass options with you that take both safety and design into account. We only use toughened or laminated safety glass and can advise on the best one once we have reviewed the project and your project space. We are able to supply many types of glass and apply various effects. […]
Can You Fit A Glass Balustrade In Any Property?
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Can I Choose The Fixtures and Fittings?
We have brochures of balustrade installation/ fitting options that can be downloaded here.