Glass Balustrades Installation

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.

Thanks for reading,
Quantum Frameless Glass Team
1300 282 248

how glass balustrades add to the style quotient of commercial spaces

How Glass Balustrades Add to the Style Quotient to a Commercial Space

As a commercial property owner, you want to ensure that your establishment has the aesthetic, practical and durable installations and features. Today, glass balustrades are being used in various commercial spaces as they have all these attributes and add to your property’s potential as well.

Stylish glass balustrades

An increasing number of builders, architects and interior designers are now using these features in the interior and exterior designs of their commercial projects; take a look at why this is so:

  • Glass balustrades are extremely versatile in that they complement the look of various settings and create a very dramatic look in entrance halls, staircases, internal and external balconies and large hallway areas too.
  • Modern interior design leans very heavily on open floor plan concepts; and glass lends itself very beautifully to these themes. It’s a great way to open up the interiors and it looks perfect in contemporary-design spaces.
  • It adds beauty to the structure without obstructing the view in any way.
  • Glass is often an integral design concept in new build structures. However, it also works stunningly well in heritage building refurbishing projects. It adds a very unique touch to the structure without taking away from the building’s original architecture.

Some considerations

While glass is an excellent material that offers a number of benefits, it is also quite a complex product. When it’s being used in glass balustrades, it’s crucial to get professional advice from expert surveyors and reliable operators in the field. The customised solutions we provide ensure that the glass balustrade specifications will match your function and aesthetic needs. The different aspects that have to be taken into consideration are:

  • You can choose from framed, semi-framed or frameless glass balustrades for your commercial building.
  • If you want balustrades for high traffic settings such as a shopping malls, commercial buildings or schools, we recommend that you opt for thicker glass balustrades.
  • Some design concepts call for curved glass, handrail installations or staircase balustrades, and we cater to all these specific requirements too.
  • We ensure that high grade, toughened and laminated glass is used in these installations and that the hardware is of the highest quality.

Types of glass balustrade fixing systems

Bolted systems

In these the glass panels of the balustrade are fixed using custom-designed bolts. These are made to match the weight and size of the glass of your frameless balustrade.

Channel Systems

The glass panels are set in customised, side-fixed or floor-mounted metal channels to create a frameless glass balustrade system.

Post & Rail Systems

Some customers want more robust glass balustrades and prefer getting semi-framed systems. We use SS balustrade posts that have glass panel infills.

Resin-Set Systems

The glass panels in these systems are firmly set in floor channels and are held in place with a hard resin. This provides a seamless finish and since the frame is concealed, it provides a very slick look to the installation.

Clamping Systems

In this system, mild steel plates are used to hold the glass panels. Metal or timber may be used in the concealed system installation. This is an entirely customised structure in which the mild steel plates are bolted directly to the staircase sides.

Our work process

Since most glass balustrade projects are very specific to the setting and there are a number of customised options and fixing systems, it’s important to consult balustrade specialists such as the ones at Quantum Frameless Glass. When you call us with your requirement, our experts will visit your property, discuss your requirements and provide various system options. Once you have approved a design and quote, we will schedule the installations as per the agreed-upon date and time.

For any more information, please contact us at this number – 1300 282 248. You can also contact us using this contact 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

components and features of structural glass balustrades

The Nitty-Grittys of a Structural Glass Balustrade

If you are considering getting glass fencing installed on your property, and have conducted some online research, you will find the term “structural glass” mentioned a lot. Many people wonder what this means and whether these systems are any different from the standard glass installations that are seen on residential and commercial properties. Here we take a closer look at what these features are and what is involved in their installation.

The components and features of structural glass balustrades

Frameless section

In frameless glass balustrades, the panels of glass don’t become just an infill panel. They are actually used as part of the balustrade structure. This is why the terms structural glass and frameless glass balustrades are used interchangeably and they mean one and the same thing. Some providers also refer to these as cantilevered glass systems. The feature is fairly simple in terms of the idea that used in its structure; it’s based on 2 main engineering principles:

  • Strong glass panels that have the structural integrity to bear the loads and bending movements that are imposed on it in any setting
  • It has a sturdy base that has clamps which hold the glass panels in place

Handrails and top-capping

If you get a frameless glass/structural glass balustrade installed on your property, the structure needs to have handrails, in accordance with the Australian Standard AS1288-2006. The handrail is the top section of the balustrade placed on the panels. It provides support to the structure, holds the panels together and adds to the strength and durability of the feature. The handrail you choose should be aesthetically appealing too and your glass balustrade installer will provide design options for you to choose from.

Glass

The glass panels used in this installation aren’t made of standard glass such as one that’s used in doors or windows on a property. The glass we use in structural balustrade systems is 15mm-18mm laminated and toughened glass that goes through a specialised tempering process. This adds to its resilience and makes it resistant to breakage in comparison to regular annealed glass.

It’s mandatory to use glass of 15mm thickness even in residential applications. In commercial applications such as in malls, restaurants, bars, pubs and discotheques etc., thicker glass panels (18mm- 25mm) would have to be installed. In case the panels suffer a heavy impact and break, they don’t shatter into pointed shards like the latter. Instead, it breaks up into squarish pieces with round edges, which makes it a much safer installation in any setting.

The base of the structural glass balustrade

This part is called the “shoe profile”. It’s the most vital part of the entire feature and has to be designed and installed with care. It has a strong “U” channel that’s made of custom-designed aluminium extrusions. The toughened glass panels are positioned in this U-channel and fitted with epoxy or a cement-type material.

Semi-frameless section

Some operators forgo the epoxy altogether and use shoe profiles that have hammered-in wedges or pressure-screwed clamps. This process is less labour-intensive and cleaner than the epoxy method. These base profiles could be affixed to the balcony structure using concrete, steel or some other material.

The fixtures and base profiles of frameless glass balustrades have to be custom-designed for each site; this helps ensure that they will be able withstand the extreme loads that would be transferred from the glass panels.

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.

Thanks for reading,
Quantum Frameless Glass Team
1300 282 248

glass pool fencing

Installing a Glass Pool Fence? Here are Some Pointers

Glass fences are increasingly becoming the installation of choice over ones made of traditional materials such as metal and timber. Today, most architects and custom home builders are including these features in their projects. Unwieldy iron bars and large, unattractive wooden beams are passé and the focus is on creating elegant outdoor spaces that look stunning with glass fencing on them.

You can choose from framed, semi-framed and frameless glass fences. The latter offer a very open and expansive look to any space and add to the aesthetics of your poolscape. However, installation of glass fencing isn’t an easy job. Here are some pointers that you should keep in view while installing these features on your property.

Things to Consider when installing a glass pool fence

#1 Size of your pool

This is a very important aspect and some glass fences are just not suitable for larger pools as they don’t have the required tensile strength. If the area is larger, a larger number of boards and strips will be required. Since these fixtures may not be available in larger sizes, you would have to get the fence custom-designed.

#2 Professional Vs. DIY installation

You would have to take into account the cost involved in hiring professionals for the job compared to doing the job yourself. You need to have a certain amount of knowledge and skill with reference to installing a glass fence. The task can be quite challenging, time-consuming and requires specialised tools.

If you don’t have these tools or can’t find the time to complete the installation satisfactorily within a stipulated timeframe, it’s better to hire the services of glass fencing professionals for the job. Experienced contractors will be able to tackle the job skilfully and ensure that the installation is strong and long-lasting

#3 Purpose of the glass fencing

Are you installing the fence as a protective barrier to keep kids and pets away from the pool, or are you getting this installation purely for aesthetic purposes? The purpose of the installation will largely dictate which materials will be used and what the thickness of the glass panels will be. If you have kids or pets at home you would also have to ensure that the installation doesn’t have any sharp edges or corners.

#4 Commercial or residential installation

While factors like strength and durability will stay constant regardless of whether the fence is to be installed on a residential or commercial property; commercial property owners like these features to be a little more appealing, while residential property owners tend to focus more on the functionality factor.

#5 Opaque or transparent

Some people prefer transparent glass; this lets in more light and lends more openness to the space. However, of you want some privacy; you can opt for frosted (opaque) glass panels. The installation process and all other aspects stay the same.

#6 Local rules and regulations

In some places, there could be government rules and regulations with reference to the height of the glass, distance of the fence from your pool, the layout of electrical lines etc. The company you hire for the job would have to take this into consideration when they are handling your glass pool fencing installation project.

Contact the glass pool fencing experts

When you are getting your glass pool fencing installed, look for a company that would be able to provide custom solutions that fall within your budget. 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.

Thanks for reading,
Quantum Frameless Glass Team
1300 282 248

Frameless Glass Balustrade

The Different Components of a Frameless Glass Balustrade

When you are getting glass balustrades installed, you want to be sure that the best components are used in the work, as that ensures the strength and durability of the installation. A balustrade essentially acts like a horizontal support structure or a handrail. Frameless glass was designed typically for pool fencing. However, frameless fencing has very clean and crisp lines.

These, in combination with the fact that this installation provides a very clear view of the outdoors, made architects and home builders use frameless glass balustrades for various other settings like balconies and internal staircases and landing spaces too. These frameless glass balustrades became replacements for traditional aluminum or framed glass balustrades.

Various components

In addition to high-grade tempered glass, there are a number of other parts that go into making glass fencing and balustrades. Let’s take a closer look at what these are:

Most components that are used in frameless glass pool fences can also be used in installing frameless glass balustrades. The spigots are used in both the features and so is the tempered 12mm glass. When it comes to the minimum height of the balustrades, most installers will use 1 meter high installations. However, some people also choose to use pool fencing glass that’s 1200mm high glass pool fencing.

That’s because when a person is seated in the balcony, the handrail is then above the eye-level, which gives you a clear an unhindered view, compared to an installation in which the handrail is positioned at a height of only 1 meter (which impedes the view). Today, frameless glass balustrades and outdoor fencing is increasingly being used in residential and commercial applications across Sydney.

Handrails

These handrails are made of SS as the material doesn’t corrode, stain or rust easily in the manner that standard steel does. However, if you are installing the balustrade in an outdoor environment that has high salinity or an environment that has a poor circulation environment, it’s important to use high grade stainless steel handrails.

There are different grades and surface finishes of stainless steel to suit the environment the alloy must endure. Stainless steel is used where both the properties of steel and resistance to corrosion are required. These are continuous small oval handrails that are available in variants such as:

  • Polished one-way slotted tubes – these are all siliconed to the top of glass panels
  • Side mounted tubes that are attached to the glass panels with small stainless steel stand-off brackets
  • Polished SS handrail brackets – these have wider flat/round saddles
  • Round or flat saddle – this bracket is also side-mounted to the glass.

Fixing methods

There are a number of different methods of fixing the frameless glass balustrades, based on the surface that’s available. The method that’s the most cost-effective and popular is:

  • Square stainless steel spigots
  • Round stainless steel spigots
  • Face-mounted SS standoff brackets

These fixtures are ideal for fixing toughened glass and they add to the strength and durability of the structure.

Glass clamps

These are available in various specifications and can suit glass that is 6m-18mm thick, based on your required installation. There are different types of clamps available:

  • Brushed satin SS polished glass clamps that are ideal for outdoor applications
  • Mirror Polished and brushed satin SS polished glass clamps
  • Zinc die-cast Glass Clamps. These are typically used in indoor applications. When they are used in external applications, they have to be powder-coated

All the clamps also come with rubber gaskets that are made to hold glass panels of various thicknesses.

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.

Thanks for reading,
Quantum Frameless Glass Team
1300 282 248

Glass Pool Fencing

Guide to Installing Glass Fencing in Your Home

Today, many residential property owners choose to get glass fencing for various areas of their homes. Poolscapes look stunning with glass fencing to segregate the space from the rest of the yard. The glass helps demarcate the space and becomes an effective safety feature, without impacting the appearance of the property in any way. Glass complements the look of any type of home, architecture and landscaping design and this is why it is increasingly being used in fencing installations in homes across the country.

Some pointers

If you are considering getting a glass fencing installation for your property, you are sure to want to know as much as possible about the why what and how of glass fences. Here is a basic guide and some facts that will help you with the information you need:

#1 Quotes

When you are planning on getting a glass fence installed, get quotes from multiple contractors and understand what is included in the quote. Ensure that the pricing that has been mentioned in the quotes is for the same specification – this will help you compare costs and understand what different companies are charging.

Keep in mind that the lowest quote may not always be the best as the company may end up cutting corners and may also do a sub-standard job. Similarly, the company that charges higher rates may not necessarily use the best materials and workmanship either. This is where it becomes important to check the experience and reputation of the company and then decide who to hire for the job.

#2 Materials

When you are planning to get a glass pool fencing installed, you will find there are a number of options to choose from. You can choose from different thickness of the glass (8/10/12 mm), whether it’s safety glass, tempered /toughened glass etc. There are also different size of panels to choose from, which impacts the cost of the installation.

The thicker and larger glass panels can be stronger, but they will cost more too. Apart from the glass, you would also have to understand what kind of hardware and gates etc. are going to be used. You should speak with the contractor and ensure that they are using high-grade, corrosion-resistant installations, as they would be very near the water.

#3 Understanding the pros & cons of the installation

Every fencing material has its pros and cons and glass fencing is no different. Take a look at what the advantages and disadvantages are:

Pros:

  • Frameless glass doesn’t obstruct the view
  • It’s aesthetically appealing
  • Complements different styling and home design
  • They are durable and are able to withstand climatic changes well
  • Glass is corrosion-resistant and termite-proof
  • Safe for homes with kids and pets, as they are unable to climb over the fencing

Cons:

  • This fencing tends to be more expensive than materials such as wood and metal.
  • You would have to clean the glass panels regularly to ensure they don’t have smudges and streaks on them
  • They don’t provide any privacy

Contact expert glass fence installers

This information should help you get started on your project. Since every property is different and every property owner has different requirements, it’s important that you opt for a company that will be able to provide you with customised solutions. This will ensure you get the kind of installations you need, at pricing that fits perfectly into your budget.

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.

Thanks for reading,
Quantum Frameless Glass Team
1300 282 248

Reasons to install semi-frameless glass balustrades and fencing

7 Reasons to Install Semi-Frameless Glass Balustrades and Fencing

When you are considering getting any balustrading or fencing installed, you may want to take a look at semi-frameless glass installations. Today, property owners focus on getting features that are low-maintenance, look aesthetically appealing and ones that provide value for money. With this in view, glass balustrades are increasingly being used in residential and commercial applications. There are a number of reasons why this is such a popular feature:

Why Choose Semi-Frameless Glass Balustrades

#1 Aesthetics

Regardless of whether you have a small property or an expansive one, you want it to look aesthetically appealing; semi-frameless glass balustrades and fencing looks good in any setting and complements causal and formal style architecture. Since glass is transparent, it blends in beautifully everywhere without jarring the appearance of the décor and appearance of the existing features on the property.

#2 Versatility

As mentioned earlier, it can be used in residential as well as commercial settings. What is also notable is the fact that these can be used in outdoor spaces and indoor ones. This allows you design flexibility and you are able to maintain a certain flow in the look and feel of the different spaces in your home. For instance, you may want to install semi-frameless glass fencing along your poolscape, balconies and other areas that you want to segregate in your yard or garden. If you have any internal or external staircases, you can install these there as well.

#3 Strength and safety

When you are getting any fencing or balustrade for your property you want to be sure that it will be strong as people may lean into it at some time or the other or may bang things accidently into them. While glass is a fragile material, the semi-frameless pool fencing we provide is made from Grade A toughened safety glass-8mm, 10mm & 12mm thick. The frames are made from SS posts and the panels are fitted to this with a glass clamps system. All the glass panels are quality tested and are in line with Australian Standards.

#4 Standard & custom solutions

We offer a variety of standard sized pool fencing as well as balustrading. We use high quality toughened glass and have some standard solutions and are more than happy to provide customised solutions that match the requirements of our clients.

#5 Low maintenance

Many people wonder whether it will be difficult to maintain glass installations such as these. The semi-frameless systems are elevated from the ground and this makes maintenance very easy as well. You are also able to clean the ground spaces just under the fencing, more easily as well.

#6 The cost factor

Semi-frameless glass fencing and balustrades are considerably less expensive than 100% frameless ones. However, they look equally elegant and many upscale homes and commercial establishments opt for these. It means you get extremely attractive installations at a very economical price.

#7 Fitting ease

This fencing can be directly fixed to a timber, tiled or concrete surface and it can be fastened using the flat-mount method or the core method. These balustrades don’t need either a bottom or top rail. There are a variety of hardware, rail and handrail options available and you are sure to find something that matches your requirements.

Opt for high quality semi-frameless glass balustrades

In addition to all these distinct benefits, using glass balustrades and fencing automatically opens up spaces and creates a very spacious look on your property. You are also able to enjoy the outside view in an unhindered manner.

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.

Thanks for reading,
Quantum Frameless Glass Team
1300 282 248

steps to install a glass pool fence

Steps on How to Install a Glass Pool Fence

When pools and spas are being built, safety is one of the most important factors that have to be taken into consideration. Getting a fence installed is the best way to ensure that very young children stay away from the water, when they are unsupervised, or when you don’t want them to get into the pool.

When you build a wooden fence or one made of aluminium or any or similar material, the structure tends to block the view, even as it segregates the space in your yard. However there is one material that serves the same function, without obstructing the view or impacting the look of your yard in any way.

Glass fence installation steps

In fact, most homeowners now prefer getting glass pool fencing for their property. You can choose between, framed, semi-framed or frameless glass fencing based on your specific preferences and budget. Here are the steps involved in glass pool fence installation:

#1 Check local council regulations

Even before you start with pool fence installation; check what rules apply, with the local authorities. Ensure that you are or in line with all the existing regulations. The fence has to meet the Australian safety standards.

#2 Marking the post positions

Next, the positions of the pool fence posts will have to be marked and measured. Hammer in a nail between the boards of the deck. Next, you have to tie a string line to the nails and run it right beyond the entire length of your fence. Ensure it’s in a straight line and then tie it off very lightly.

#3 Place your mini posts under this string line

Follow all the instructions that have been mentioned in the kit; take measurements and mark the points at which the mini posts will be; and ensure they are all aligned to each other.

#4 Pre-drill & secure the mini posts

Pre-drill all the required holes in your deck for these mini posts, using a cordless drill.

#5 Secure all the metal protectors to these mini posts

Remove your string line, and place the metal rings right over the top of all mini posts. This will hide their screws and this adds to the aesthetics of the installation.

#6 Insert the metal plates & the grips

The metal plate will have to be inserted into the mini posts and the rubber grip has to be inserted. Leave a bit of the grip out, as this will allow the glass fence to slide into the post.

#7 Insert the spacers & the glass panels

Next, you insert the spacers that are inside the kit, into the mini posts and then set the glass panel into the mini post.

#8 Check if the panel is level

Using a spirit level, just check whether the panel is level and then insert all the rest of the panels and adjust them as required.

#9 Secure the glass panels

Once you have done all this ensure that the glass panels are all secure and tighten the bolts that are on the mini posts. Care should be taken to ensure that the correct distance is maintained between the hinged panel and the glass panel; this is where the glass door will be installed.

#10 Glass gate hinges

The rubber protectors should be placed on both sides of the glass at the point where the hinges are going to be fitted. Place the spiked caps on these door hinges. This prevents anyone from using these fixtures to climb over the fence.

Hire professionals for the job

You will find DIY glass pool fencing kits and these contain detailed instructions. However, the recommendation is that you should get this work done from a professional glass pool fence installation company.

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 frameless glass balustrade installation project.

Thanks for reading,
Quantum Frameless Glass Team
1300 282 248

how glass balustrades add safety to your staircases

How Glass Balustrades Ensure Safety to your Staircases

When you are building staircases, you want to be sure that the balustrade as well as the staircase itself complies with the BCA (Building Code of Australia). There are certain very specific requirements that have been set up by the BCA, with reference to how these structures have to be built, to ensure safety of those walking across different levels of the building. It’s important to be careful while choosing the company that will handle this project for you.

Ensuring safety to your staircases

Only a certified and licensed contractor will be aware of these requirements and rules, and will ensure that the structure is built as per the current norms. While they would ensure that all this is taken care of, here is some information that you should keep in view as well:

  • The ‘going’ (the step width forward) should be not more than 355mm & not less than 240mm for any private stairs. In the case of public stairs, this should be no less than 250mm.
  • If you are getting an open staircase built, it has to be built in such a way so that a 125mm sphere shouldn’t be able to pass through its treads. This particular safety precaution has to be taken so as to ensure that even a very young child’s head doesn’t get caught in-between the stairs.
  • It’s important that a strong and well-structures balustrade be provided along the sides of the stairway, if its level above the ground below is 1000mm/more.
  • Each stairway should have a minimum of one handrail that has a continuous, smooth top surface, right across the length of every flight of stairs.
  • In cases where the stairway width is more than 1000mm, it’s important that there be a handrail on each side.
  • If the balustrade is being built in a non-residential building that may be accessed by individuals with disabilities, these structures have to be designed in line with the rules and regulations mentioned in the clauses related to Design for access & mobility, New building work, for stairways & and handrails.
  • In addition to these, there are many clauses related to landings as well.
  • Today, structural glass balustrades are increasingly being used in many commercial and residential buildings; and the BCA now has a complete new section that’s dedicated to this particular classification. In case glass is the structural component in a balustrade, you have to use Grade-A Safety glass.
  • The structural balustrades should also have an interlinking handrail and the thickness of glass that’s to be used, is based on the design load. For instance, if 12mm thick toughened glass balustrades are being used on a domestic stair, the handrails have to be continuous all around the corner at the point at which the level meets the slopes.
  • Each piece of glass has to be at least 1000mm wide. Or else the handrail has to continue onto & be fixed onto the floor.

Contact the experts

As you can see, there really are a number of technicalities involved and its far better to consult a company that specialises in constructing glass balustrades. We at Quantum Frameless Glass are one of the leading companies in this space and provide customised glass balustrade and fencing solutions.

We cater to residential and commercial customers, use top-quality products and workmanship and ensure that all the features we build are in line with the existing Australian Standards.

For any more information about glass balustrades and fencing and other products, call us at this number – 1300 282 248. You can also contact us using this online form and we will call you back shortly.

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Quantum Frameless Glass Team
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