Glass Balustrades Installation

glass balustrade types

How to Choose a Balustrade Type To Complement The Styling of your Building

When selecting balustrading for your home, apartment building or commercial structure, there are a number of things that you have to take into consideration such as height, length, fixings, finish, colour and material. Balustrade trends are constantly evolving and are directly related to the design and architectural styling you choose.

This is why the appropriate balustrade type for you is dependent upon your specific chosen aesthetic (building style). We have put together this guide that will give you some important insight into the different types of balustrade systems traditionally used in different styles of buildings.

The importance of selecting the right balustrade type

It is crucial that you opt for a balustrade type that complements the architecture and styling of your building. For instance a modern home or high rise will need a modern style balustrade while a classic Victorian structure may need a more traditional style balustrade. If you have a Queenslander home a traditional villa or a cottage-style home, a timber balustrade may look more appropriate than a metal or concrete feature.

While metal, wrought iron and timber balustrades do fit in much better with the type of aesthetics we just mentioned, glass is an extremely versatile material; and today, architects, builders, developers and even individual property owners are using it to great effect in different types of settings.

Creativity has many forms and the one way designing professionals show their creativity and skill in their work is by doing things that are out of the norm; and turn their projects into something stunning and unique. Interestingly, glass balustrades are being used to great effect not just in modern styled structures, but have become an important component of upgrade projects of traditional styled structures as well.

Creating a unique look

At the end of the day, the way your home or commercial property looks is entirely up to you; there just isn’t any reason why you can’t experiment with new design concepts and materials and come up with something unique and exceptional. Here we discuss how glass balustrades look fantastic in classic and contemporary styled structures:

  • Since glass is transparent, it doesn’t clash with the look and appeal of any other materials that you use in your home or commercial building. It complements the look of wood, metal, brick, natural stone, concrete and a number of other materials.
  • The manner in which the balustrading is designed will decide what the overall effect will be and whether the balustrade fits in well with the ambience of the space.
  • For instance, if you have a very modern styled building, you can opt for sleek profile framing and posts for your glass balustrades. Alternatively, you can choose to get frameless glass balustrading installed; these features will become the perfect addition to your contemporary styled home or commercial building.
  • Even more traditional styled homes can benefit from glass balustrade installations. You can install balustrades for recessed balconies, and add to the expensiveness of these spaces and enjoy unobstructed views.
  • You can also install a Juliet balcony on the windows of the upper stories of your home. This is a great way of opening up the view from an upper storey bedroom.

As you can see, there are a number of ways in which a glass balustrade becomes an excellent addition to your classic or contemporary-styled structure. We at Quantum Frameless Glass can provide excellent, customised and cost-effective structural glass balustrade and fencing solutions for residential and commercial spaces. For any more information about our glass balustrades, call us at this number – 1300 282 248. You can also contact us using this online form.

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Quantum Frameless Glass Team
1300 282 248

structural glass balustrade system

Why Use a Structural Glass Balustrade System?

The world of architecture and design is never stagnant; new trends keep surfacing and this means builders and designers have more chances to get creative and experiment with various material and combinations. This adds to the aesthetics of the structures, and makes them more functional as well.

In the recent years, there has been a noticeable shift in the manner in which structural glass balustrade system is being used in architecture and design; and modern day structures have a large amount of glass features on their facades as well as the interior spaces.

What is structural glass?

This glass is put through a specialised manufacturing process which makes it suitable for various structural elements in a building; in some cases this type of glass can also be a load bearing feature. This glass is uniformly heated then then cooled very rapidly using strong jets of air. This cools, solidifies and contracts the outer layers first; and as the inner layers follow, they begin compressing the outer layers. The result is sheets of glass that are resilient and seven times stronger than basic untreated glass panels. Structural glass can also be laminated to make it shatter-proof.

Benefits of structural glass

#1 Can be used in place of traditional walls

Normal brick and mortar walls are strong and are generally used in most buildings. But modern architecture calls for more contemporary features and structural glass becomes the perfect solution. It adds an entirely different aesthetic to the structure whilst offering the durability and practicality you need in residential and commercial applications.

#2 Exterior and interior applications

These sheets of glass are suitable for indoor and outdoor applications based on your requirements. You can get structural glass installed in outdoor fencing and balustrade features as well as for indoor staircase and landing balustrades.

#3 Expansiveness and openness

Today, many property owners choose to get structural glass balustrades installed on their property rather than features made of brick, metal or vinyl. Modern interior design leans heavily on the open floor plan concept and glass balustrading fits in perfectly with it. The glass panels increase the perception of space and maximises views.

Installing frameless structural glass balustrades on terraces, balconies, verandas, patios and decks is one the best ways to enjoy your surroundings without the obstruction of materials such as metal and concrete. In fact, the glass also allows more natural light to stream into the indoor spaces and adds to the expansiveness of the interiors.

#4 Complements various styles

In addition to all these benefits, glass complements the look of traditional and modern spaces. Since it is transparent, it blends in well with the look and styling of all types of architecture and design. This means you don’t have to worry about your glass balustrade or fencing standing out like a sore thumb if it is installed as part of a landscape or interior upgrade.

When structural glass is used in balustrade and fencing elements, it provides support to the feature and very little hardware is required in the installation. This creates a very sleek structure which adds a clean design element to the property.

We at Quantum Frameless Glass can provide excellent, customised solutions for residential and commercial spaces. We work closely with you to understand what your preferences and ideas are and focus on providing solutions that fit in perfectly with your requirements and budget. For any more information about our glass balustrades, call us at this number – 1300 282 248. You can also contact us using this online form.

Thanks for reading,
Quantum Frameless Glass Team
1300 282 248

self-cleaning glass in balustrade installations

The Benefits of Using Self-Cleaning Glass in Your Balustrade Installations

Glass is an extremely versatile material that is used to great effect in modern styled structures. Even when older homes and commercial structures are being renovated and redesigned, the architects and designers incorporate a lot of glass features in the plans. While glass lets in a lot of natural light and lends cheeriness and expansiveness to the indoor spaces, it’s not all plain sailing with this material.

Maintaining glass features is easy and you only need a squeegee and diluted soap and water solution to keep them clean. But if you want to keep these surfaces sparkling at all times, you would have to make sure that they are cleaned with regularity; and with the busy schedules most people have, that can prove to be an uphill task.

In the case of commercial properties where housekeeping staff handles the cleaning, the areas to be covered can be vast and the cleaning may not take place as thoroughly and regularly as it should. The dirty and dusty glass mars the look and appeal of your property and impacts its overall value as well.

This is where self-cleaning glass comes in. While the term “self-cleaning” can be a little misleading, to a property owner the results are what matter. If you are considering getting glass balustrades and fencing installed on your residential or commercial property; and don’t want to spend excruciatingly long hours on maintaining these surfaces, you should consider using self-cleaning glass for these features. The effort and time required to clean the glass balustrade will be greatly reduced and the installation will look like new even after a number of years.

Hydrophobic Glass Coating

In order to make the glass “self-cleaning’, the surfaces are covered with hydrophobic coating. This adds smoothness and a water-repellent quality to the glass surfaces. It can be applied to standard glass and significantly reduces the amount of time you spend to keep these features sparkling clean.

Most people are under the impression that glass surfaces are completely smooth and don’t have any irregularities. While it’s true that glass is very smooth to the touch, when you view it under a magnifying glass you will notice that it has minute troughs, peaks and a number of ridges. And this is also why glass tends to become frosty over time, when it isn’t cleaned regularly.

The pollution and fine dust in the outdoor air settles into these ridges and impacts the appearance and integrity of the panes. Applying this coating to the glass surfaces is the best way of making them water-resistant; this makes it far easier for you to maintain the features. Just as the exterior surfaces get impacted by pollution and grime, the indoor surfaces can also get dirty and smudgy.

If these panes aren’t cleaned on time, the dirt can impact the quality of the indoor air. Hydrophobic glass coatings help keep these surfaces clean and improve the quality of the quality of the indoor air.

Custom designed glass balustrades

Since we custom-design glass balustrades for you, we can make sure that the design and styling is as you want it to be. In addition, we can ensure that this specialised coating is applied to the glass panels. Not only will this save you considerable time and trouble, but ensures the glass stays looking clean and sparkling at all times and that ample natural light filters through.

We at Quantum Frameless Glass can provide excellent, customised solutions for residential and commercial spaces. For any more information about our glass balustrades, call us at this number – 1300 282 248. You can also contact us using this online form.

Thanks for reading,
Quantum Frameless Glass Team
1300 282 248

stainless steel hardware for your outdoor glass balustrades

Which Stainless Steel Hardware Should You Choose For Outdoor Glass Balustrades?

Today, many buildings and homes have external glass balustrades and they sync very well with modernistic architecture and design concepts. These features have become amazingly popular and many architects and designers use these in their residential and commercial projects plans

These installations become an essential safety feature for balconies, terraces, rooftop gardens decks, patios and more. These areas can all be used for relaxing, socialising and dining etc. in a safer and more comfortable manner. While glass balustrades are very simplistic and stylistic, they also add the interest quotient to the façade of the building and value to the property as well.

Types of glass balustrades

You can choose between frameless, semi-framed and framed glass balustrading, based on your personal preferences and budget. Regardless of the type of structure you opt for, it will have some amount of hardware and fixtures that are used to anchor it firmly to the walls or ground. When you are getting a glass balustrade installed, you need to ensure that you hire expert installers like the ones at our company for the job.

While laminated and toughened glass will be used in the feature, we also understand that they are exposed to the elements. This makes it crucial to choose the hardware with care. Poor quality hardware will only rust and begin to corrode; which can impact the integrity and mar the look of the structure. This is why we take extra care and use high grade stainless steel hardware in all the balustrade projects we handle.

Types of stainless steel hardware finishes

We typically use either mirror polished or satin brushed stainless steel in the features that we install. We work closely with you to understand what your ideas and requirements are; in addition, we assess the environmental conditions in the space the feature is to be installed before making our recommendations. There are specific differences between mirror polished SS and satin-brushed SS finishes.

The point to note here is that the finish you choose doesn’t impact the grade of stainless steel that we use. The exterior grade glass balustrades that we use are specifically manufactured using high quality 316 SS, which makes these fittings suitable for exterior applications.

The mini-post frameless glass balustrading we use offers added corrosion resistance and the hardware used in this installation is best-suited for structures in coastal locations. We manufacture these using marine grade steel and they don’t get affected by the salty sea air and moisture in these locations. The manufacturing processes used to create mirror polished finishes and satin finishes are very different. Not only do they create different aesthetics but also make the material suitable for certain settings and applications. Here is some detailed information about these two stainless steel hardware finishes:

Satin stainless steel finish

In order to achieve this finish, the stainless steel is sanded using a frit belt, in one direction and us then softened and buffed to give it a characteristic glossy look. However, satin finish stainless steel is more susceptible to corrosion in any coastal location due to the salt particles in the surrounding air. It’s best not to opt for this type of hardware in swimming pool areas either; the fine grooves in the finish increase the risk or rusting and corrosion.

Marine grade stainless steel finish

If you want to get a glass balustrade installed in any coastal location, we will use the superior marine grade SS balustrading systems. In the framed balustrade features this hardware and fittings offer superior corrosion-resistance. The mirror polished surfaces go through a finer brushing and lengthier buffing process which creates their highly reflective surface. These surfaces are easier to clean and maintain as the surface doesn’t have tiny groves that dirt and dust can become trapped in.

We at Quantum Frameless Glass can provide excellent, customised solutions for residential and commercial spaces. For any more information about our glass balustrades, call us at this number – 1300 282 248. You can also contact us using this online form.

Thanks for reading,
Quantum Frameless Glass Team
1300 282 248

glass balustrade on restaurant space

How to Revamp Your Restaurant Space With a Glass Balustrade Installation

Many restaurants have outdoor spaces where they set tables and position sun umbrellas or shade sails. These spaces become the ideal place to enjoy a meal, especially when the weather is good. If you are a hotel or restaurant owner and want to create a comfortable and safe outdoor place for your guests to enjoy a drink or meal, you should consider getting a glass balustrade installation.

These features can be custom-designed for installation in areas such as patios, decks, terraces and balcony spaces. Today, you will find that there are a number of glass balustrading options to choose from and a good supplier would be able to provide customised options that complement the look ambience of the rest of your restaurant, café or club areas. There are a number of ways in which these installations can be used to lend a very attractive look to the open areas of your restaurant; here are a few ideas:

#1 For patios and decks

If you have a large open elevated space that’s part of your restaurant, you should consider installing a glass balustrade all along the periphery. Since these are largely glass installations, they blend in well with all types of settings. Regardless of whether you have a classic-styled restaurant or one that’s designed on a more modernistic style, a glass balustrade will fit right in. You have the option to choose between a framed, semi-framed or frameless feature.

#2 For terraced garden areas

Many restaurants have terraced areas, some with more than one level. This type of setting provides the perfect opportunity to get a glass balustrade installed. You can get frameless glass balustrade installations fitted along the edge of each level. Not only does this act as a safety railing, but helps demarcate the area, and lends a more orderly and neat look to the outdoor spaces.

In fact, if you have smoking and non-smoking zones in your restaurant, you should consider getting a glass balustrade to divide these spots. For added privacy you can choose to get a tinted or frosted glass installation. Alternatively, you can consider placing large potted palms or other hedge type plants along the periphery. Not only will this add some greenery and freshness to the space, but will increase the functionality of the available space.

#3 Outdoor staircases

If your restaurant has an elevated deck leading out from the indoor dining areas, you may have stairs leading down from the decking. From a safety perspective, it’s important to have a glass balustrade built along the stairs. This installation can be straight or curved and can be custom designed to fit the staircase installation.
The styling of the glass balustrade will have to be in sync with the look of the other features in your restaurant. We take care to install high-grade railings and balustrades, using 12-18mm thick glass panels; in fact, if there is a lot of traffic here, we may also recommend the use of glass that’s up to 22 mm in thickness.

We are extremely focused on maintaining high quality standards and make sure that all the installations are in line with Australian Standards. We work closely with you to understand what your specific requirements are, and then provide solutions that match your requirement and fit into your budget. Regardless of which way you look at it, your restaurant will get a very stunning look with a glass balustrade installation.

We at Quantum Frameless Glass can provide excellent, customised solutions for residential and commercial spaces. For any more information about our glass balustrades, call us at this number – 1300 282 248. You can also contact us using this online form.

Thanks for reading,
Quantum Frameless Glass Team
1300 282 248

custom glass balustrades for private spaces

Tips to Use Custom Glass Balustrades to Create Private Spaces

Glass balustrade installations are a growing trend and many property owners now choose to get this installation for their homes and commercial spaces. Adding a custom glass balustrade to your deck, patio, poolscape, balcony, terrace or veranda is a great way to create a unique look on your property.

It’s also the one way in which you can get the safety you need, without marring the look of the structure, or blocking the view. In fact, if you get frosted glass panels for these balustrades, you can easily create private spaces that are discreetly tucked out of view. This is a great advantage if you live in a locality that has other homes in close vicinity.

These balustrades can be built to your requirements and we ensure that the design complements the look of your home structure. As mentioned earlier, these balustrades provide you the functionality and safety you need, without compromising on the aesthetics.

Types of glass balustrades

If you are considering getting glass balustrade installations, you will find there are a number of options to choose from such as:

Framed balustrade

This is a very sturdy structure that is made of multiple glass panels with framing on all sides. This type of installation is ideal for high traffic areas and we use thick gauge stainless steel hardware and framing in the feature.

Semi-framed

If you prefer a more open look but don’t want to take any chances with stability and sturdiness, you can opt for a semi-framed installation. This installation is sleeker than the framed feature and can be customised to your requirement.

Frameless

This is a very popular option and many people are now opting for it. A frameless balustrade fits in beautifully into any setting which makes it a very versatile feature. It is also a little more expensive than the other two options, but is a low maintenance installation that provides an unhindered view of the outdoor areas of your property and the scenery outside.

Regardless of the option you choose, you want to be sure that the installation is sturdy and strong and that it is able to weather the climatic conditions that exist in your area. This also means using the right kind of glass. There are glass panels of different thicknesses and you can pick that based on the application the balustrade is going to be used in.

Where can you install glass balustrades?

We will provide you all the information you need and show you samples of the different types of glass that can be used for your specific requirement. If you want more privacy on your patio, you can use framed installations with opaque glass panels. These installations are ideal for:

Patios

This shades the space in a very effective manner and provides you privacy as you entertain guests and relax or dine outdoors.

Balcony

A balcony is an ideal spot to relax at the end of a busy work day. But if this feature faces another house, you can’t use it in an optimal manner. We can install frosted/opaque/tinted glass balustrade that are designed so you can enjoy these spaces without worrying about being seen.

Indoor lofts

Some homes have indoor lofts that are part of a larger room. Installing a glass balustrade using opaque glass is a great way to get the privacy you need without compromising on the light and ventilation aspects.

For any more information about our glass balustrades, call Quantum Frameless Glass at this number – 1300 282 248. You can also contact us using this online form.

Thanks for reading,
Quantum Frameless Glass Team
1300 282 248

glass fencing for poolscapes

Why Glass Fencing is Best For Poolscapes

If you are considering getting a fence installed along the periphery of your poolscape, you must have checked out what kind of materials and installations are available in the market. You will find there are wood, aluminium, metal and glass fences to choose from. While timber and metal are sturdy materials, many people are now opting for glass fences; and there are some distinct reasons for this.

When you want any outdoor installation for your property, you want to be sure that it will be able to weather climatic changes and that it won’t get impacted by the pool water too. Wood tends to get affected by water and it requires constant maintenance and painting. Metal fences are sturdy, but they tend to rust over time. Vinyl is also used in outdoor applications but it can eventually fade and warp.

Why opt for glass fencing?

The one material that stays unaffected by all these factors is glass. Take a look at why this is the best material for poolscapes:

Durability

Glass may seem fragile, but when you choose panels of the right thickness, and the installation is done in the right manner, you can be sure that the installation will last for a number of years without any trouble.

Safety

The primary reason for getting a fence installed around the pool is safety. You don’t want your kids or pets wandering into this area unsupervised. Even if you have older children, you want to be able to supervise them when they are using the pool and getting a clear glass fence installed is the best way to do that.

Security

If you have a wooden or metal fence, kids can easily clamber over it. However, when you get a glass fence installed, you don’t have to worry about this aspect; since the surfaces are smooth, kids and pets can’t climb over the fence.

Openness

Wooden and metal fences block the view and make spaces look smaller. On the other hand, a glass fence demarcates the space well and provides safety and security without compromising on the openness. In fact, if you have a smaller yard and get a glass fence installed, you will find that the space looks larger and more attractive.

Low maintenance

This is one more aspect that homeowners look for when they are getting any feature for their home. Glass is very easy to maintain and it only has to occasionally be cleaned with a diluted soap solution and water. It doesn’t get impacted by the water and stays in good conditions for a very long time.

Value for money

The upfront cost of glass fencing is a little higher than wooden or vinyl fencing. But when you take the maintenance and longevity factors into consideration you will find that they provide value in the long term.

Aesthetics and versatility

Glass is a very versatile option and it complements the look of different types of outdoor spaces. Regardless of whether you have a formal or casual styled yard space, glass will enhance the appearance of your property. It is also a perfect option if your home is situated close to the ocean as the glass doesn’t get impacted by the salty sea air. Since we use high-grade, corrosion resistant stainless steel frames and hardware in the work, you don’t have to worry about things like rusting and deterioration.

It’s important to get your glass balustrades installed from credible professionals like the ones at Quantum Frameless Glass. For any more information about our glass balustrades, call us at this number – 1300 282 248. You can also contact us using this online form.

Thanks for reading,
Quantum Frameless Glass Team
1300 282 248

residential glass balustrades

Things To Focus On While Considering a Glass Balustrade For Your Home

Glass balustrades and fencing are now being used on commercial and residential properties alike. They lend a very open look to the property and complement the appearance of structures of different styles. It’s important to hire expert professionals for the job and they will ensure that they customise the design and installations as per your requirement.

However, it’s also a good idea to be aware of what aspects you should focus on when you are getting a glass balustrade installed. Here are some important things to keep in view:

#1 The Location Matters

When you are planning to get a balustrade installed, it’s important to think very carefully about where it should be located; this is because its specification and design will be customised accordingly. The base/ground on which this feature will be fitted, will decide what kind of installation is required.

The styling, design and specs of a balustrade that’s to be built on a strong and level deck will be quite different from one that’s to be built on a terrace or patio. Aside from this, the other factor that has to be taken into consideration is how exposed the installation will be.

If the balustrade is to be fitted in a marine/coastal environment or along the periphery of a poolscape, it would have to be made of more resilient materials. The company that is handling the job for you will ensure that they use heavy-grade products and thicker panels etc.; this adds to the longevity of the installation.

#2 The Right Balance of Style and Budget

Glass balustrades, especially ones that are made using very thick glass panels and thick gauge framing and hardware can be expensive. However, they are also very strong, durable and low maintenance, which makes them have value for money. The price of the balustrade will also be dependent on the kind of styling you want and the frameless ones are more expensive than the semi-framed and framed installations.

When you are deciding which installation to opt for, you should balance both these factors and zero in on the type of balustrade you want. If you like the look of frameless glass balustrades, but find that they don’t fit into your budget, you can opt for installations that have mini posts.

#3 Make the Right Design Choices

When you are considering getting a glass balustrade installed in your home, it’s important that you conduct a certain amount of online research. You will find many designs and styles of balustrades; you can save those images and show them to the balustrade installers that are going to handle the job for you.

They will inspect the site, ascertain whether a particular installation would fit in the available space and will then provide you quotes for it. When you provide detailed information about your preferences and budget, the installers are able to provide you the kind of customised solutions you need.

#4 The Safety Aspect

While you are sure to want a glass balustrade that looks stunning, elegant and sophisticated, you also need to take the safety aspect into account. The questions that need to be asked at this point are:

  • Where is the balustrade going to be used?
  • Who is going to be using the feature?
  • Are there any potential safety concerns?

For example, if you are getting a glass balustrade installed on a staircase, it’s necessary to add a sturdy handrail to the structure.

For any more information about our glass balustrades, call Quantum Frameless Glass at this number – 1300 282 248. You can also contact us using this online form.

Thanks for reading,
Quantum Frameless Glass Team
1300 282 248

things to consider while choosing a custom glass balustrade

Aspects to Keep in View While Choosing Glass Balustrade Systems

Investing in a customised balustrade represents a considerable investment and it’s important to conduct a certain amount of research and know more about the materials and variants available on the market. In this post we discuss 3 things you should keep in view while ordering a custom glass balustrade; this will help you get the kind of installation you want.

Things to Consider

#1 Specifications Matter

Our specialised glass and stainless steel balustrades are suitable for indoor and outdoor applications and it’s why there are many different specifications to choose from. The basic questions you should be asking yourself are:

  • Where are you going to install the balustrade?
  • Do you want a handrail?
  • Do you prefer a framed, semi-framed or frameless installation?
  • If it’s going to be in the open, do you need to install extra weather-proofing?

You need to carefully consider what is vital to you in the balustrade system. It’s best to create a list and discuss your requirements with our experts. They will keep all your requirements in view and provide solutions.

#2 The Style Quotient

While aspects such as functionality and durability are important, every property owner also wants to make sure that the glass balustrade they get installed, is aesthetically appealing and that it complements the appearance of the other features and décor on their property. And as mentioned earlier, there are various things to consider – whether you want a framed or frameless installation and the kind of glass and handrails you want to use.

There are many different glass finishes to choose from and various hardware options too. It’s why you should look at all the different materials and then decide what looks good in the setting you are going to place it in. We provide customised options based on your specific needs and can customize everything from the styling of the glass to the glazing, post, frames etc. There are a number of things to take into consideration.

#3 Meet Building Requirements

Balustrading is classified as a barrier by the Building Code of Australia (BCA) and the installation has to meet the standards that have been outlined in these regulations. This will be dependent the type of property, the style, height and location of the installation and we will ensure the balustrades we install for you are right in line with all these specifications.

Our expert design & project team is always here to discuss your requirements and understand what your ideas are. We will ensure you get the kind of balustrade you require and provide options that fit perfectly into your budget.

The ordering process

If you are considering getting a glass balustrade installed on your property, it’s best to discuss your requirements with experts like the ones at Quantum Frameless Glass. Our personnel will visit your property; take detailed measurements and pictures of the location. They will provide design and styling options and provide quotes.

Once you have approved the quote, we will get the project underway and ensure that the balustrade is installed within the stipulated timeframe. We are a long-standing company in this space and have years of experience in designing and installing custom-designed balustrade systems. You can rest assured that the best materials will be used in the work and that the project will be completed within the stipulated timeframe.

For any information about our glass balustrades, call Quantum Frameless Glass at this number – 1300 282 248. You can also contact us using this online form and we will call you back shortly for more details about your semi-frameless glass balustrade or fencing installation project.

Thanks for reading,
Quantum Frameless Glass Team
1300 282 248

types of hardware used in glass balustrade installations

Types of Hardware Used in Glass Balustrade Installations

Glass balustrades are increasingly being used in various residential and commercial settings and there are a number of different styles to choose from such as framed, semi-frameless and frameless installations. The type of installation you choose will be dependent on the space it’s going to be fitted in, and your functionality and aesthetic preferences.

To a certain degree the design elements in the space will dictate the kind of balustrades you will use. When you contact the glass balustrade company for this installation, they will visit your premises and understand what your requirements are. They will also survey the space where the balustrade is to be installed and provide you design options and advice about which system would work best for you.

The hardware

While it’s very important to choose the right kind of glass for the installation, it’s equally important that the right kind of hardware be chosen for the fitting; this includes base clamps, connectors, glass adapter systems and handrails. Different types of fixing methods could be used in the installation, such as:

  • Spigot fixing
  • Pin standoff fixing
  • Channel fixing
  • Concealed fascia clamp fixing

A credible and reputed company will always ensure that the hardware used in the balustrade installations are tested to meet the Australian Building Standards. Let’s take a look at how different hardware is incorporated into the installation:

Glass balustrade clamps

These are available in standard as well as custom sizes and are used to hold the glass panels in the frame. They are typically made of high-grade stainless steel and enhance the aesthetics and structural integrity of the balustrade.

Handrails

There are a number of different types of handrails available as well, and you can choose from options such as offset flat bar SS handrails, offset tubular SS handrails, capping top rail and timber handrails.

Glass Adapters

These adapters are used in slab and post fixing installations. They are made of high-grade stainless steel and are suitable for outdoor and indoor use.

Glass Adapters with Base Plate

The adapters with a base plate are available in non-adjustable and adjustable variants. The base plates help create the right balance between the transparency and elegance of glass and the detailing of stainless steel.

Base Glass Clamps & Glass Spigots

The steel spigots are made of high strength stainless steel and the installation is very easy. There are base glass clamps that can be used in balustrade systems, fencing and glass barriers too.

Anchor Bolt Fixings

Threaded, high-performance anchor bolt fixtures are specially designed to suit different head shapes; they are used when the glass balustrades are being installed in a concrete base.

Other considerations

As mentioned earlier, the kind of hardware used in the installation will be dependent on the location, size, type of glass panels used and the setting the balustrade system is to be installed in. In addition to the hardware to be used, there are some other considerations that have to be taken into account, such as:

Size of the glass panels

If large, toughened glass panels are being used in the installation, heavy-gauge SS clamps would have to be used in the structure.

Styling

You can choose from glossy/matt finishes as well as round/square shaped clamps.

Rubber protectors

The installers will ensure that strong rubber protectors are used between the glass panels and the clamps.

Positioning

The stainless steel clamps and the rest of the hardware should be positioned correctly. In some cases, corner clamps may be required to lend strength to the installation.

As you can see, there are a number of things that have to be accounted for when hardware is being chosen for your glass balustrades. For any more information, just contact us at Quantum Frameless Glass at this number – 1300 282 248. You can also contact us using this online form and we will call you back shortly for more details about your semi-frameless glass balustrade or fencing installation project.

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Quantum Frameless Glass Team
1300 282 248