Glass Balustrades Maintenance Tips

glass balustrades maintenance

Tips on How to Maintain the Cleanliness and Safety of Your Glass Balustrades

Glass balustrades look stunning and complement the look of different architectural styles and concepts. But many people harbour concerns about the durability and strength of the glass panels and whether it will be challenging to keep them looking clean. All of these are very valid concerns as any feature or installation you have in your home should be low-maintenance and durable.

The best ways to keep your glass balustrades clean

Here are some tips on how best to maintain the cleanliness and safety of your glass balustrades:

The glass panels

Glass has very smooth surfaces and this means not much dust accumulates on it, which makes maintaining it much easier than maintaining features made of materials like aluminium and wood. The dust or dirt build-up, smudges, and streaks can be easily cleaned with a water and soap solution. The one way to reduce this cleaning aspect is to use self-cleaning glass in the balustrading.

Handrails

Aluminium handrails are available in a variety of coatings and all of these can easily be cleaned by wiping them with a damp cloth. It’s important that you don’t use any abrasive pads or cleaners as these will only end up damaging the coating.

Stainless steel handrails of good quality also need basic maintenance and you can clean these in the same way you clean aluminium features. It’s important to ensure that the handrail manufacturer is applying a rust-free coating to all the SS components as this helps prevent deterioration and corrosion.

The safety aspect of your glass balustrades

Glass in itself is a fragile material, which is why we use toughened and laminated glass panels in the products we design and install for our clients. We also recommend the use of thicker glass in areas that see more traffic like commercial settings. This glass is able to withstand impact and is crack-resistant too.

This glass undergoes a controlled chemical/thermal treatment that generates different tensions on its surface as well as within the inner sections of the glass. The tensions lend the glass greater strength compared to standard glass and also ensure that if it should suffer a heavy impact, the glass shatters into rounded tiny pieces making it far safer than any standard glass.

If you are opting for frameless glass balustrades without any handrails, we would use structural glass in the installation. This glass is able to withstand pressure and weight without any major framing etc.
The hardware

In addition to using the right kind of glass we also use very high grade, heavy-duty hardware in fixing the balustrades and take care to secure the balustrade structure to the flooring, ground and the walls at the sides. When we handle this job for you, we take a number of aspects into consideration such as:

  • Location of the balustrade
  • Size of the feature
  • Type of feature – whether frameless, framed or semi-framed
  • Whether it’s to be installed in a commercial or residential setting
  • Indoor or outdoor setting
  • Design and styling
  • The amount of traffic the area sees
  • Your preferences and budget
  • Other

Care is taken to ensure that the balustrade is strong and resilient and is made with long-lasting materials that would be able to endure regular use. The installation is done with attention to detail and completed in a timely manner with the least amount of disturbance or disruption on your property. 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. and we will revert quickly.

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Quantum Frameless Glass Team
1300 282 248

glass balustrade handrail

Choose the Right System For Fixing Your Frameless Glass Balustrades

Glass balustrades are now the preferred installations for decks, balconies, terraces, pool spaces, high-rises and more and there are some distinct reasons for this. These features blend in beautifully with all types of décor and settings; are ideal for indoor and outdoor installations and are easy to maintain and durable too.

They look great in commercial and residential settings and provide the safety you need without obscuring the view. Regardless of which way you look at it, glass balustrading is a great option for your property. Every company that provides glass balustrades uses specific systems in their installation and we at Quantum like to provide our clients customised solutions. This is why we offer a number of glass balustrade system options, the right system for fixing frameless glass balustrades and some of the key components of it are mentioned below:

Base Fixing

The base fixing is a very important aspect of any glass balustrade as it bears a large portion of the feature’s load. The different types of base fixing systems that we may use include:

Surface mounted

The glass panels are fixed in surface-mounted base channels. These could be fixed either above or below the finished floor level. The channels can also be mounted to steel or concrete edges or to custom-designed steel brackets to complement the details of the existing edge. The glass panels are mounted in the channels with either a dry wedge/wet grout application.

Offset mounted

These channels are used for surface fixing glass balustrades in steel or concrete to the edges of balconies. The channels can also be concealed just below finished floor levels. This type of base fixing is widely used where balustrades are mounted very close to balcony edges. The channel is specially-designed to integrate with other features on the property. In this installation glass panels are mounted in the channel using either a dry wedge/wet grout application.

Side-mounted

These base channels provide a fixing method that helps maximise floor space. They are typically side-mounted either to steel or concrete parapet walls or balconies and are concealed within insulation build-up, the walls or with cover trims. They channels work well with waterproofing and other materials and are mounted in the channel using either a dry wedge/wet grout applications.

Offset

The glass panels are offset mounted to stair stringers or parapet walls or on special bolt spacer assemblies. This particular hardware helps simplify the stair fixings where the stair stringers are meant to be visible and exposed.

Handrails

Handrails aren’t always a mandatory feature in glass balustrading and some clients want very crisp and clean designs. In this case, we can structure the balustrade system in such a way that no handrails are required. But it’s always good idea to get these fixed in commercial settings that see a larger amount of traffic. There are a range of handrails to choose from such as:

Stainless steel slotted

These SS slotted handrails are to be top-mounted to the glass balustrades using gaskets.

Stainless steel offset

SS steel handrails are offset mounted to the glass panels at a specific height above the finished floor level.

Low profile capping

This is an aluminium capping with a low profile that is capped along the top of the glass panels.

Round offset

These are another style of handrails that are offset mounted to the glass balustrades.

Square/rectangular slotted

These are great for more formal settings and are mounted along the top of the glass panels.

Hardwood offset

If you prefer a more classic look, you can opt for this type of handrail that is offset –mounted at a certain height above the floor level.

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. and we will revert quickly.

Thanks for reading,
Quantum Frameless Glass Team
1300 282 248

pool glass fencing

The Best Way to Keep Your Outdoor Glass Fencing Clean & Shiny

If you’ve recently built a swimming pool, you must be aware that there are certain rules and safety regulations you have to follow. While there are a number of fencing options to choose from, most homeowners today prefer glass fencing solutions. This is because glass is an extremely aesthetically appealing material, functional, is ideal for outdoor environments and complements the look of any outdoor setting.

Today, glass pool fences are in high demand and since this demand has driven up the competition, you will find that these fences are an extremely cost-effective solution for pool spaces. Since they are transparent, this type of fencing allows you to get a clear view of the pool space and it doesn’t create any obstruction despite it being such a large and prominent installation. Apart from this, a glass pool fence also adds to the resale value of your property.

While there are a number of distinct advantages to having a glass pool on your residential property, most homeowners have one common concern. They wonder whether they will be able to maintain and clean the installation and keep it dust and streak-free on a consistent basis. This is a very valid concern as homeowners look for solutions that will be low maintenance and long-lasting. After all, no one wants to spend all their leisure time looking after and maintaining various features on their property.

Glass fencing maintenance tips

When you opt for glass fencing for your pool, this is something you won’t have to worry about all these things. So if you are considering getting a glass fence for your pool space and are wondering what kind of cleaning process and schedule you should maintain, read ahead; these are some tips that will come handy when you get down to cleaning all those glass fences on your property:

  • It’s best to stay away from the standard glass cleaners you get in the market as they have a lot of chemicals that eventually harm the surface and leave behind a residue.
  • At times the simplest and most basic methods are also the most effective. You should use just some liquid soap and warm water; this is proven to be a very effective way to keep the glass panels clean and streak-free. Regardless of whether you are cleaning semi-framed, framed, frameless fencing or glass balustrades, all you need is this simple solution. You can use a very soft sponge and this will ensure you don’t leave behind any scratches.
  • The drying process is also quite straightforward and there is no hassle at all. The railings and posts can easily be dried with a soft sponge or a microfiber cloth. It’s important that you don’t use any kind of harsh material when you are drying these panels on the fencing or safety door. You only have to leave them to get air-dried. This ensures there will be no scratches or marks.
  • The standard rule is that you should clean your glass fencing every four to six months, for the best results. This time frame may vary, based on exactly how dirty the fence is and the area you live in.
  • If you find that there are some stubborn stains and aren’t too sure about how you can get those off, don’t use any abrasive cleaners on the glass.

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.

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Quantum Frameless Glass Team
1300 282 248

guidelines to clean the glass on your balustrades

Tips and Guidelines to Clean the Glass on Your Balustrades

Today, many homes sport glass fences and balustrades. If you have any of these features on your property, you would want to ensure they are sparkling clean at all times. The more smudge and streak-free the glass, the more attractive it will look. This has a positive impact on the appearance on the other features of your property too. It’s always a pleasure to be able to look out into the landscaping or at the surrounding view, through clean and clear glass.

When you install glass balustrades, you do so to add openness to the spaces and it helps you get a clear view of the outdoor areas of your property. In addition, glass helps bring in more natural light into the indoors. However, if the glass isn’t clean, it can impact all these factors.

If you are panning on selling your property, you would need to make sure that the glass balustrades look clean, as this will add to the overall ambience of the property and increase its resale value.

Some tips

No matter which way you look at it, it’s a great idea to have crystal clear glass balustrades. Here are some tips as to how you can keep the glass balustrades on your property looking sparkling and new:

  • Avoid commercial glass cleaners; these tend to leave behind a thin residue on the glass. This will be easily visible if you look at the glass from close quarters or in bright sunlight.
  • It’s best to wash these glass surfaces with pure, diluted liquid soap and warm water. The regular dishwashing soap works perfectly well.
  • All you have to do is clean the glass surface with a sponge and then rinse it with clean water.
  • If you like, you can air dry it too and you will find you get the same result.

You will notice that the glass balustrades are sparkling clean with the least amount of effort and time; in fact, this is also the most cost-effective way of cleaning glass. It’s a good idea to clean the glass in this manner, every 6 months; and this will help keep it shiny and clean.

Other pointers

You should also check the glass surfaces for animal/bird droppings and clean those up without delay, as they can erode the hardware as well as the glass. You will also find specialised glass shield products in the market; these help protect the glass.

However, this coating has to be applied to the glass before you install it. This helps keep the glass surfaces clean for a longer period of time and you will find that it doesn’t take too much effort to keep the glass clean. These are specialised coatings that adhere to the glass and aren’t visible at all. They help keep oil & water off the surface of the glass and products don’t leave behind a residue.

The basic glass cleaning tools you would need

The coatings can easily reduce the cleaning time by at least 90% and a little bit of dish wash soap and water will give you windows that sparkle and shine. The only tools you need for cleaning are a sponge and a squeegee. When you take extra care to keep the glass balustrades clean, you will find that it improves the appearance of the indoor and outdoor spaces of your home.

For any more information about glass 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

maintenance tips for glass and stainless steel balustrades

Maintenance Tips for Your Glass and Stainless Steel Balustrades

Today, glass and steel balustrades are increasingly being used on commercial and residential properties. These installations look elegant, lend a very open look and are an ideal option for any setting. It’s common to see these balustrades being used for balconies, decks, patios, swimming pool areas, staircases etc.

While the installations look stunning, a certain amount of effort and regular maintenance is required to maintain their integrity and keep them looking as good as new. Here are a few maintenance tips that would help you keep your glass and steel balustrades in a pristine condition:

Balustrades-glass care

#1 Check the glass for damage

The tempered glass used in balustrades is very hardy and it isn’t really prone to getting shattered. However if a very sharp and heavy object bangs into the glass, it might chip or develop a crack. If this happens, it’s important that you replace the panel.

#2 Check them for loose fittings

It’s important to check the clamps and fittings to ensure they haven’t worked loose. You can factor this check into your regular building maintenance schedule. While this isn’t something which occurs very often, it’s a preventive measure that can prevent the glass from getting damaged.

#3 Cleaning

This is probably, the most frequent maintenance task when it comes to glass balustrades. Pollution, dirt and dust, as well as the salty sea air can make the glass surfaces look unclear and murky. Use an effective, environment-friendly glass cleaning agent to ensure the glass surfaces maintain their sparkling appearance.

This will also help remove those sticky finger smears and marks that tend to almost magically appear on glass balustrades. Use a lint-free cloth to wipe away the cleaning solution and to get a streak-free surface.

#4 Avoid sharp objects near the balustrade

Ensuring that the area around the balustrade is clear of any sharp objects is the one way to make the space more friendly towards glass. This is as crucial as cleaning and maintaining it is. For instance, if you are going to be moving any heavy, large objects such as furniture, past the balustrades; ensure that you cover them either with packing blankets or bubble wrap first.

Balustrades-steel elements care

If your balustrade has stainless steel in its frame or railing, you can be sure the structure is very strong. However even steel can deteriorate over time, if it isn’t maintained well. These are the things you should focus on:

#1 Prevent rust deposits

Based on the environmental factors it is exposed to, steel may get stained and discoloured. It’s important to prevent minute rust and iron deposits from forming on the steel framing – this can be a killer! If your property is close to the sea, salt deposits and heat can take their toll.

Avoid using abrasive cleaners on these surfaces; make it a point to use stainless steel polishing wipes that have been recommended by the manufacturer. Always dilute the cleaners to ensure that the steel doesn’t get affected by the acid in the solutions.

#2 Polish and buff the surface

Look for spray cleaners that leave behind a very fine film, which gives the stainless steel a polished effect. These cleaners are very effective in removing finger prints and are a good way of keeping off new ones from getting imprinted on the surface. You should buff the surfaces to a shine, using a soft rag or cloth.

#3 Prevent rust from forming

Look for high grade steel cleaning & passivation kits; these remove the rust and oxide contamination from the stainless steel surfaces in just a single operation. These are an excellent option to clean rusty areas and flash rust.

For any more information about glass and steel balustrade maintenance, 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