Glass Balustrades Installation

structural glass balustrades

What are Structural Glass Balustrades?

When it comes to glass balustrading, there are a number of designs and styling to choose from; and structural glass balustrades are one of them. Many people wonder why these are called structural glass installations. There is a very simple explanation for this. It’s because the glass doesn’t just act as a panel that fills in the gap in the metal framing, it is actually part of the structure. This is when they are called structural glass balustrades.

Some Structural Glass Balustrade Facts

  • At times it may be referred to as cantilevered or frameless glass balustrade too. While the term sounds a little complex, the basic idea behind glass balustrades is very simple. It’s based on 2 engineering principles – This balustrade has a very strong base which can clamp sturdy and thick glass panels. These panels have the resilience to resist the loads and bending movements that are imposed on it.
  • While it’s a good idea to choose structural glass balustrades and they don’t really have an all-round metal framing, there are certain BCA norms that have to be adhered to while building these balustrades.
  • You have the option to do away with the handrail. Typically, handrails are affixed to the upper edge of the glass and the adjacent poles – they hold the panels together at the top and add to the strength of the structure. It’s also very important that the rest of the structure be able to bear the necessary load in case any damage occurs to any one of the glass panels.
  • If you choose not to have handrails, then laminated glass would have to be used. This finish provides added strength to the glass and prevents it from shattering in case there is an impact to it. While the glass may crack if the impact is too severe, the glass won’t shatter and fall to the ground as it will be sandwiched between the lamination sheets.

The Structure Matters

In the case of a semi-frameless balustrade, the base of the structure (which is also called the ‘shoe profile’ in certain systems), is the most crucial part, and it has to be designed with attention to detail. The main idea is that there has to be a very strong and sturdy ‘U’ channel that is structured using designed extrusions made of aluminium or 2 back-to-back RSAs. The glass is then fitted into position with an epoxy or a cement-type of material.

Of course, there have been significant advancements in balustrading materials and you can now also have base profiles which use hammered-in wedges or pressure-screwed clamps. These are used in place of the epoxy or cement glue; the clamp installation is far less labour-intensive than the latter. The glass doesn’t have to be set in the glue and it also eliminates the need to pour the glue into the restricted space in the channel.

Custom-Designed Features

The base profiles & the fixtures are all custom-designed for each site and the operator has to ensure that these are able to withstand the massive loads that are bound to get transferred from these glass panels. Most balustrade systems have 10mm tempered glass panels in the structure.

However structural glass balustrade glass panels have to be far stronger and even in residential applications the glass panels will have to be at least 15mm in thickness. In commercial spaces, these glass panels could even be 19mm to 25 mm in thickness.

It’s important that you get an experienced and credible glass balustrade company to handle the job for you. For any more information about how to measure out balustrades, and our products, 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.

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Quantum Frameless Glass Team
1300 282 248

Glass Balcony Balustrades

How a Glass Balcony Lends a Modernistic Touch to Your Home

Most homeowners are very particular about the manner in which they design their homes. While they do look for high quality features designed in new styling and in-sync with the latest trends, not everyone likes to spend large amounts of money on these upgrades.

Today, property owners look for elements that are functional, practical, low-maintenance and streamlined. And unsurprisingly, there are a large number of new materials and designs in the market that you can choose from. When it comes to home improvement and residential upgrades, glass balconies have become a very popular choice and these lend a very modernistic touch to your home. Take a look at how:

Light and reflectivity

If you have a balcony in the exterior of your home or even on a mezzanine floor in your home, adding a glass balcony to it helps provide the safety you need at that point without hampering the light and reflectivity in that space, in any way. They lend an interesting dimension without impacting the existing features in that area.

Wood and some other materials such as wrought iron etc. don’t really gel well with modern architectural styling; but glass does. Not only does it allow the light to pass through, but it also reflects light which adds spaciousness to the space. It provides a subtle demarcation in space without disrupting the flow in any way and that is exactly what modern design is all about.

A unique look

Modern interior and exterior structural design leans heavily on making structures look unique without adding too many embellishments to the building. When you choose to get glass balustrades installed on your property, it becomes a unique statement piece and lends character to your home.

You can get the detailing and luxurious look you want, by choosing to get glass railings installed on your property. Glass is also a very versatile material. It can be frosted and etched and you can also choose from curved and other unique shaped glass for the balustrading.

Mixes with various styles

We did mention earlier that glass balustrades are perfect for modern-styled homes. But the fact is they look equally stunning on traditional styled homes too and they don’t take away from the original design of the structure. In fact, you will be able to replace an older wooden, cluttered and closed balustrading with a glass balcony that has crisp and clear lines.

At times, homeowners are also getting the rest of the balcony space upgraded and no matter which material you use, glass will complement it perfectly. Glass looks great with finishes such as wood, tiling, natural stone, leather, any outdoor furnishing, brick as well as laminate flooring etc. And so, when you choose to get a glass balustrade installed, you don’t have to worry about any kind of mismatch in the styling of the space.

The perfect complement to lighting

Glass and lighting work fabulously well together. In most instances, when homeowners get glass balustrades installed on their internal or external balconies, they also tend to get some light fittings installed around and under it. This helps draw the attention towards the installation and it helps in reflecting light into a potentially darker spot too.

No matter which way you look at it, glass balustrades are an ideal modernistic installation for your balcony. For any more information about how to measure out balustrades, and our products, 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.

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Quantum Frameless Glass Team
1300 282 248

how to measure out glass balustrades

The Correct Method to Measure Out Glass Balustrades

Every property owner likes to ensure that their home or commercial space is designed and installed well and they also want to ensure that they are making the most of the spaces they have. When you choose to get glass balustrades installed on your property, it automatically lends a very distinctive look to the space and adds to the allure of the deck, patio, pool space, balcony or staircase it is installed in.

Glass balustrades have a classic appeal and complement the look of traditionally designed spaces as well as ones that are built on modernistic styles. Glass lends an expansive look, and lets in a lot of natural light, even as it acts as very effective safety barrier. Glass balustrades look uncluttered and it’s why they are such a popular feature in modern-day construction. Installation is easy and so is their maintenance.

Detailing matters

If you are a DIY enthusiast, you might want to at least measure out the available space before you contact the company that is going to handle the balustrade installation for you. However, it can be quite challenging to measure them out accurately and decide exactly which fittings & fixtures you will need. Once you get it right, you will have the ideal safety barrier for various features on your property. However, if you get it wrong, that can have a negative impact on the overall ambience of the space.

Steps to follow

If you are planning on getting glass balustrades installed, you can definitely ask a company that provides these, for a quote. But if you want a rough idea about what the cost of the installation would be so as to organise your budget accordingly, you could follow these pointers:

Do not hurry the task

This is probably one of the most important factors of getting the calculations right. It’s crucial that you check the calculations a few times around. It’s not uncommon for people to goof up on the calculations and they find that the budget they chalk out is vastly different from the quote they get from the balustrade installation professionals.

Gather the right equipment

The things you will need are a tape measure, a pen and paper. It’s a good idea to have someone help you with the task. That way, you can take the actual measurements while the other person can make note of them.

Draw a detailed plan

We always recommend that you start with a detailed drawing of the place where the glass balustrade is going to be installed. While it should be accurate, it doesn’t have to be complex or to-scale either. However, it should be correct in terms of exactly where you want to position the balustrade. This will help you quickly identify odd spots in the design (if any). It’s important that you include the dimensions of all the walls that will be supporting the installation etc.

Marking the end, mid and corner-posts

This is another important part of the measuring process. Mark the spots where the corner, mid and end posts will come and ensure they are at an equal distance from each other.

Glass panels

After you have got all this information, you can then easily measure from one post to the next and calculate what the width of the panels will be. You will have to maintain a 90mm deduction to allow for the glass clamp, the tube and the clearance. Ensure that you double this as you have to take both sides into account.

Some more considerations

If you want the balustrade to be of a specific height, make mention of that as well. Once you have a clear drawing, you will have to factor in the costs of the clamps and other hardware too. For any more information about how to measure out balustrades, and our products, 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.

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Quantum Frameless Glass Team
1300 282 248

why glass balustrades will never go out of style

Why Glass Balustrades Will Never Go out of Style

Interior and exterior design trends ebb and tide – it’s also why many property owners wonder what type of features and materials they should opt for when they are building their homes or getting any extensions or remodeling work done. It’s the same when it comes to balustrades.

Today, glass balustrades are being increasingly used on all types of modern structures, both residential and commercial and the clarity, sleekness and transparency of glass lends itself very well to these buildings. However, it’s not uncommon to see more traditional-design homes sporting glass balustrades in their balconies and they lend a seamless look there too.

Of course before you install any type of balustrade, you would have to take into account factors such as aesthetics, safety, functionality, maintenance and pricing etc. No matter which way you look at it, glass stands out as a material that is excellent in all aspects. So if you are considering getting glass balustrades installed in your home or commercial property, it truly is an excellent choice.

Glass is about Style and More

Coming back to the trend quotient – you probably also want to be sure that these fixtures won’t go out of style in a couple of years. As mentioned at the start, glass is a material that has an eternal appeal to it and its aesthetic value is ageless. So, no matter which material trends come and go, you will find that your glass balustrades stay in style. Take a look at why this is so:

  • Glass has a quality of blending in beautifully with its settings. This means, if you use it on a stone structure, since it’s transparent, there will never be a clash of styling concept. If you have walls of certain colours or ones that are made of a material like brick, glass will complement just about any colour.
  • People tend to get their homes re-designed and redecorated sometimes. They may not always want to change the look of every single feature. And when you choose to get glass balustrade installations in your home, you don’t have to worry about whether the look will clash with the look of the new additions or extensions you are getting done. Glass looks great in any environment and it will only enhance the beauty of your home.
  • Even as people look for style, they want the different features in their home to be strong and durable and glass balustrades are both these things. Even though they look fragile, they are made with toughened glass and are very strong and durable. So, while they will stay looking great for a number of years, they will last very well too
  • Glass lends a very open look to any space it is installed in and when you have glass balustrades on your property, it makes the rest of your home look stylistic too.
  • What is probably also very important in keeping a home looking stylish is that it be maintained well. Glass is very easy to clean and all it takes is an occasional cleaning with regular mild soap and water. You don’t have to worry about your balustrade impacting the styling of your home in any way.

If you are looking for stylish features that will be in vogue for years to come, glass balustrades are what you are looking for. When you choose to get your glass balustrades from Quantum Frameless Glass, you are assured of the highest grade products. For more information about our products, 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

site issues that can crop up in glass balustrades installation

5 Site Issues That Can Crop Up While Installing Glass Balustrades

When we handle any frameless glass balustrade installation for clients, we focus on aspects such as using the best materials and workmanship, and ensure that the work is completed in an efficient, timely and unobtrusive manner. However, there are times when everything doesn’t run as planned.

In some cases, certain site issues become hurdles to timely completion of the project. Here’s a list of 6 site issues that may crop up while installing balustrades; and how we tackle them:

#1 Inadequate support to fix the glass balustrades

From a safety perspective, a balustrade is only as strong as the material used in its making and the substrate its being affixed to. While we manufacture balustrades to stringent quality standards, adequate support is necessary to ensure their structural integrity is maintained. The common issues our installers encounter on sites are:

Not enough of timber to affix the balustrade

This is very common with decking and balcony spaces. Here, the wooden beam at the edge isn’t wide enough to provide adequate support to the balustrade. In this case, we have to fix metal bracket extensions to the adjacent wall and then fix the balustrades on it.

Polystyrene walls

This material is commonly used to add to the energy-efficiency of a structure, but it is unable to provide the required support for a balustrade installation. In this case we use special screws that have tapered threads; these helps secure it to the foam and prevent them from coming loose. We always recommend to clients that some additional wood planks be installed behind the foam before getting the balustrade fixed.

#2 Laminate/ floating timber floors

Since these floors have an underlay, the balustrade doesn’t get the support it needs. If you have either laminated/ timber floors, we would have to cut out sections of the flooring material to fix the balustrade post supports directly to the floor underneath. In most instances, its best to fix balustrades before getting the timber flooring installed – this saves you a lot of hassle and expense. It’s important that we know what kind of flooring is going to be used, before we measure the site; this helps us find the best solutions for you.

#3 Water services/electric cabling

Any pipes that have been installed very close to the surface of the wall or slab can cause issues when we are installing balustrades. Ideally, all water pipes and electric cables should be positioned at a distance of a minimum of 200mm away from the point where the balustrades have to be installed.

#4 Gaps between the pillars

As per the Building Code Australia, gaps on any stair or balcony balustrade can’t be over 125mm part; this applies for the gaps between the pillars too. If the space exceeds this outlined distance, we then install a small section of balustrade to conform to the existing regulations. Since this is a labor-intensive job and takes longer to complete, it shakes up the installation schedule and cost. This can be avoided by ensuring in the planning stage, that that the gaps between pillars should be maintained at less than 125mm.

#5 Poorly laid tiles

When the tile adhesive hasn’t bonded properly to the flooring, it can make the tiles sound “hollow” and can cause lifting or cracking of tiles. If this is the case at the site, our installers wouldn’t be able to fix the balustrade as it will only crack the tiles and make the installation unstable. If we notice this kind of an issue, the only solution is to get the tiling refitted before the balustrade installation can be done.

We always make it a point to survey the site where the balustrade installation is to take place, well before our installers come in to complete the job. A bit of forward planning on your part can also help avoid many of these issues. For more information about balustrade installation procedures and our products, 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