Glass Balustrading

stainless steel handrails

Are Stainless Steel Handrails a Good Option For Outdoor Glass Balustrades?

Glass balustrades can be a stunning addition to your property and these features are suitable for indoor as well as outdoor applications. Today there are a large number of glass balustrading systems to choose from and you can get framed, semi-framed or frameless glass balustrades installed.

Factors to take into account

In addition to the framing fixtures, you would also have to decide which handrail materials have to be used. In fact, it’s important that the handrails be chosen with case as these features will be touched more often than the glass panes will. Some of the vital factors to take into account when deciding which stainless steel balustrades and stainless steel railings to use include:

Longevity

This is with reference to corrosion resistance and is a very relevant aspect as outdoor balustrades are exposed to the elements and you need to choose materials that are corrosion-resistant. If your property is located in a coastal area, you need to be extra careful while choosing the hardware for your glass balustrades.

Maintenance requirements

This is another important aspect; after all you don’t want to be stuck with a feature that is very difficult to maintain. You want installations that are easy to clean using basic and easily accessible cleaning solutions.

In addition, you should be able to clean these at a longer frequency as that reduces the stress of maintaining the installations as well. If you have to clean your balustrade every weekend that can soon prove to be very tedious and time-consuming and you will eventually tire of it.

Aesthetics & finish quality

When you get any installation for your home, you want it to be functional, long-lasting as well as aesthetically appealing. These features are custom-designed and when you hire experienced operators like us for the job, you can rest assured that the aesthetics and finish quality will be up to the mark.

Pricing

There can be a vast price difference in the cost of frameless glass balustrades, from one operator to the next. The cost depends on the quality and grade of materials used as well as the skill and experience of the installer. Aside from this, the setting and fixtures as well as the condition of the base where the balustrade has to be fitted, will decide what the cost of the feature will be.

About stainless steel handrails and hardware

Stainless steel is a steel alloy with a chromium content of at least 11.5%. The material is largely rust and stain proof compared to various ordinary materials. When the type and grade of alloy aren’t completely identified, it’s referred to as corrosion-resistant steel. There are 150 different types of grades of stainless steel, but only 15 of these are commonly used. This steel is used in the manufacture of sheets, plates, tubing and coils. Because of these qualities, stainless steel has found its way into various applications.

Use in railings and handrails

Stainless steel railings and handrails are of the most preferred materials for balustrades installed in coastal settings. If your residential or commercial property is very near the sea, you should check with your balustrade installer whether they are using nickel-chromium austenitic steel which is highly resistant to corrosion.

The chromium oxide layer on SS handrails is what protects the metal from corrosion in regular surroundings and everyday usage. All these attributes make stainless steel a very good material for all types of indoor and outdoor balustrade railings and handrails.

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.

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Quantum Frameless Glass Team
1300 282 248

glass types used for balustrades

Different Glass Types That Could be Used in Balustrades

Flat glass, also called float glass is often processed to suit several different requirements and applications. With a wide range of technologies in the modern day glass industry, customers tend to get confused when they see the different types of glass available. The 4 main types of glass that could be used in various residential and commercial balustrade applications include:

#1 Annealed glass

This basic product is a result of the annealing stage in the float glass making process. Molten glass is first allowed to cool very slowly in a controlled manner, until it reaches normal room temperature, relieving the internal stresses within the glass. Without this specialized slow cooling, the glass would crack with the slightest mechanical shock and change in temperature. Annealed glass is utilised as a base product to form various advanced glass types.

#2 Heat-strengthened glass

This type of glass is also referred to as semi-toughened or semi-tempered glass. In the heat-strengthening process, annealed glass is heated to between 650°C and 700°C and then quickly cooled, although at a slightly slower rate than toughened glass. This specialised process increases the thermal and mechanical strength of annealed glass, giving it double the strength of the latter.

In case of a heavy impact, the broken fragments are very similar in size to the annealed glass fragments, but with greater chances of staying together. This type of glass isn’t commonly used in balustrades or any similar structures because it has limited strength compared to toughened or tempered glass,

#3 Toughened or tempered glass

This is the commonest type of glass used in balustrading and similar structural features. Annealed glass is first heated to about 700°C by the processes of convection, radiation and conduction. A simultaneous and uniform blast of air on both the surfaces accelerates the cooling process.

The variation in cooling rates between the surfaces and the inside of the glass panels produces varying physical properties, resulting in very high compressive stresses in the surface which are balanced by the tensile stresses within the glass’ body. This process makes the panels four to five times safer and stronger than untreated or annealed glass.

The surface compression or counteracting stresses gives toughened glass its higher mechanical resistance to breakage; even in the case of a very heavy impact, it will break into regular, smaller, squarish fragments rather than shards that are sharp and more likely to result in injuries.

#4 Laminated Glass

Any one of these types of glass mentioned above can be laminated. In most instances, the two sheets of toughened glass are laminated together with a PVB (Polyiynil Butyral) layer that’s 1.52mm thick. This type of glass offers a number of advantages’ it’s secure and safe and doesn’t shatter on impact. The glass is held together by the special interlayer. This significantly reduces the safety hazard common with shattered glass fragments; and to a certain degree security risks associated with easy break-ins.

A variety of different interlayers are available that apply a range of other advanced technologies to this application. The structural interlayers can be utilised to enhance the strength of these glass panels where high loadings are needed. Coloured interlayers can also be used for purely decorative purposes or added privacy. If required, other properties such as fire-resistance and sound dampening can also be incorporated into these interlayers.

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.

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Quantum Frameless Glass Team
1300 282 248

balusters and balustrades

Are Balusters and Balustrades One and the Same Thing?

Balustrades have been used in across the world in structures built using different architectural styles. In days gone by, these features used to be made of stone and later wood, metal and concrete was used in their construction. As technology advanced materials such as vinyl started being used and today, glass balustrades are a very popular installation on residential as well as commercial properties.

There are a number of different balustrade styles to choose from such as frameless, semi-framed and fully-framed. These installations add to the aesthetics and functionality of any structure and can be used in exterior and interior applications.

Understanding some basic differences

Many of our customers want to know what the pros and cons of these features are and many also want to know whether there is a difference between a balustrade and a baluster. Well, here we demystify these terms distinguish what they mean; and give you a little peek into balustrade history as well:

Balusters

These are the vertical posts on which a railing is supported along a balcony or terrace. These posts can be made of iron, wood, stone, concrete, vinyl etc. The word is derived from the French word balustre, from Greek balaustion, the Latin word balaustium and the Italian word balaustro

Balustrade

This is the entire installation which includes the balusters that are positioned at equal distances from each other. The balusters hold up the railing that could be made from a number of different materials as well. This entire feature forms a decorative edge along the balcony, terrace, veranda or even internal or exterior structures such as staircases, landings and more.

In simple words, a baluster is just the single post while a balustrade is made up of several balusters to form a larger unit that is used as a safety and aesthetic feature.

Different baluster shapes

The balusters’ shape is designed to blend in with the architectural style of the structure it is to be installed in; and as mentioned earlier, can be used to great effect in indoor and outdoor applications. When it comes to balustrade designs and styles, the sky is the limit and can range from simplistic designs with clean lines, to more elaborate and ornamental features with various embellishments.

A peek into balustrade history

  • Balusters as well as balustrades first made an appearance sometime between the 13th-17th centuries; they are seen depicted in sculptural murals as well as ancient bas-reliefs in many countries across the world.
  • Architecture of the early & dynastic China is known for its structural purposes and the balustrades here were made of wood that was painted to prevent it from decaying; some parts of the roof structure had overhangs while others had open terrace-like features with wooden balustrades running along the periphery.
  • By the 10th century, wooden and marble balustrades with very elaborate and intricate styling were used in private gardens designs.
  • During and post the Renaissance period classical stone balustrades made an appearance and were used in landscapes, gardens and buildings alike.

Modern day glass balustrades

Today, many modern residential and commercial structures across Australia sport glass balustrades and these add true elegance and style to the buildings. Glass helps create a very open look on the property and these balustrades are strong enough to be used in indoor and outdoor applications. We use laminated, toughened glass of varying thicknesses in the installations and make sure the hardware is of the best quality.

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.

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Quantum Frameless Glass Team
1300 282 248

laminated glass balustrades

Understanding What Laminated Glass Balustrades Are

Frameless glass balustrades are a growing trend in commercial and residential building architecture. Glass has a classic appeal and lends itself very well to traditional and modernistic building styles. This is because glass is transparent and blends in well with different features and settings without overwhelming them in any way.

It creates a very open and expansive look in the spaces it is installed in, offers minimal interference and unobstructed views, without compromising on the safety aspect in any way. Little wonder then that homeowners that have city, ocean or landscape views opt for frameless glass balustrades for their properties. We at Quantum Frameless Glass offer a variety of balustrade and fencing options. We use toughened laminated safety glass/ Grade A toughened glass in frameless installations.

Laminated glass – Some facts

Many people wonder what toughened and laminated glass is and how it’s different from standard glass panes used in window and door applications. Here is some information about toughened, laminated glass:

  • This glass goes through a thermal tempering process; this makes it significantly more breakage-resistant compared to standard annealed glass.
  • In case of a heavy impact, the glass breaks into squarish pieces (not shards).
  • As per the Australian Building Standards, all glass balustrades (that protect a height difference in excess of 1000mm), are required to have a handrail.
  • In case any accidental breakage occurs, the handrail provides safety.
  • The handrail fixtures should be interlinked and have a solid support. This ensures it would be able to withstand a heavy load in case of breakage.
  • If you have used toughened laminated safety glass in the balustrade installation, no handrail will be required.
  • This glass has a very unique structure – it has two or more toughened glass layers and one or more polymeric layers bonded into the former. And so, in the event of an impact, the glass doesn’t shatter as the interlayers hold the glass together.
  • This type of laminated glass is suitable for use in indoor as well as outdoor applications.
  • It is ideal for residential and commercial settings. In fact, it’s best to use only this type of glass in commercial spaces; these establishments see more traffic and it becomes important to use strong and impact-resistant materials in these settings.

Things to focus on

When you are getting frameless glass balustrades installed, it’s important that you:

  • Hire the services of a reputed and experienced company that has handled frameless glass balustrade installations in different settings
  • They should be able to provide you high grade products that meet Australian Standards.
  • Look for a licensed and insured operator
  • Ensure they provide guarantees for their workmanship
  • Ask what kind of fixtures and hardware they use
  • Make sure they provide customised solutions as every space is different and the balustrades will have to be tailor-made to fit into the available space
  • Check whether they are proactive with providing information and solutions.
  • Check what their pricing structure is and get quotes for the same job from a couple of other operators. It’s important that you don’t always settle for one that has quoted the lowest pricing as they may just cut corners and do a substandard job. Understand what’s included in the quote and the type of materials being used and then make your final decision after taking all these aspects into account.

For any more information, just contact us at Quantum Frameless Glass at this number – 1300 282 248. Use this contact 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

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.

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Quantum Frameless Glass Team
1300 282 248

benefits of using tempered glass fencing in outdoor applications

Advantages of Using Tempered Glass Fencing in Outdoor Applications

When people want to get fencing installed, one of the first materials they consider is glass. Today, commercial and residential property owners are increasingly opting for this material for the outdoor and indoor spaces. Since outdoor areas are exposed to the elements, it becomes very important to choose materials that will be able to withstand climatic changes and last for a very long time, with minimal maintenance.

While frameless glass fencing looks stunning in outdoor settings such as poolscapes etc., it’s important that these installations be made of tempered glass which is toughened glass. Normal glass can be very fragile and will easily shatter on impact. In contrast, tempered glass is strong and becomes the ideal solution for outdoor applications where you want the security of a fence, but want a clear view and openness that only glass installations can provide.

Tempered glass – What exactly is it?

This is a specialised type of glass that’s put through a process of extremely high temperatures and then cooled rapidly as well; this makes it tougher than standard glass. It’s also more brittle which makes it shatter into very small oval-shaped pieces, on severe impact; you don’t have to worry about it breaking into sharp-edged shards like normal glass does. This is also why tempered glass is called safety glass.

Since it is cured via a thermal process, this makes it highly heat-resistant. Tempered glass is used to make windows in microwave ovens, the carafes of automatic coffee makers, skylights, computer screens, shower enclosures as well as shower doors. As per Australian Standards, many public structures that have glass installations are required to use tempered glass.

This glass is 4-5 times stronger than regular glass of the same thickness, which is used in other residential and commercial applications. This will give you a clearer idea why tempered glass is an ideal material for outdoor applications such as fencing and balustrades and more.

Tempered glass – The benefits

Safety

As mentioned earlier, this glass doesn’t shatter into shards, which makes it safer for use in any outdoor applications. This reduces the potential risk of getting cut or hurt in case the glass breaks on very heavy impact.

Heat-resistance

This quality makes it an ideal material for outdoor settings as these areas are exposed to the sun and heat. While it doesn’t have the qualities that fire-resistant glass does, it’s able to withstand the elements and climatic changes in a much better way.

Strength

Since the glass is very sturdy; it lasts for a number of years without any trouble or deterioration.

Ease of maintenance

Outdoor fencing made of tempered glass requires very little maintenance. You only have to regularly clean it with liquid soap and water which will help keep it free of dirt and dust.

Versatility

It’s possible to customise the shape and size of the glass panels to match your requirements. In fact, it can also be used in combination with various other materials such as wood, aluminium etc. You can choose from frameless, semi-framed and framed glass fencing to create the kind of look you want on your property.

Hire expert glass fencing installers

While tempered glass is a very strong and durable material, it’s important that you get your fencing and balustrades installed from expert contractors that have experience in handling this job. 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

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.

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Quantum Frameless Glass Team
1300 282 248

why are glass fences preferred over metal or wooden ones

Reasons Why Glass Fences Are Preferred Over Metal or Wooden Ones

Today, homeowners prefer to get glass fencing installations for their home. These fences look stunning, stylish and suave. When you have glass fences, it’s possible for you to install a very stunning boundary for your poolscape. Not only will it look unique, but the area also automatically becomes very safe for kids as well.

When you start looking for fencing options, you will find there are a large number of options in the market, and choosing one that matches all your requirements isn’t an easy task. Here are some tips that will help you choose a fence that best suits your needs. Let’s start with understanding why people are increasingly opting for glass fencing.

Glass fences – the benefits

  • Glass fences are sleek and stylish
  • They complement the look of different types of landscapes
  • While some people feel they are very expensive, the fact is that this installation provides value for money
  • You can choose from varieties such as framed, semi-framed and frameless glass fences; and depending on where you are installing them, you can also choose to get curved glass panes installed
  • The glass panels are made with toughened glass and are available in different thicknesses. This means, the glass won’t really shatter unless there is a very heavy impact
  • The installation is very durable and can easily last for years
  • It’s very low maintenance and all you need to do is clean the glass panes with diluted liquid soap
  • Since glass is transparent, it adds a sense of spaciousness to any property
  • They are ideal for outdoor spaces and glass doesn’t really get impacted with exposure to the elements; and it doesn’t lose either its luster or functionality

More about metal and wooden fences

Now that we have discussed the benefits of glass fencing, take a look at how it stands up in comparison to wood or metal installations in the same setting:

  • Timber has a natural look, but it isn’t sleek and stylish like glass is.
  • Wooden fencing doesn’t match the look of all types of yard designs.
  • Wooden and metal fencing is cheaper than glass fencing; however, wood tends to rot in humid and moist conditions and it can turn brittle in the sun. Metal fencing has a tendency to rust over time and you will eventually end up spending a significant amount of money and effort on getting it either repainted or replaced. When you compare these aspects to the quality of glass fencing, you will find that the latter provide value for money.
  • As we just mentioned, both metal and wood require excessive maintenance. Wood has to be polished or painted regularly and you would have to paint metal fences on a regular basis as well.
  • When it comes to variety, glass fences outrun metal and wooden fences. The latter two don’t really provide the kind of design flexibility that glass offers.
  • Outdoor fences made of metal or wood tend to block the view. In comparison, glass ‘gives you a very clear view ‘of the spaces.
  • Due to the manner in which metal or wooden fences are structured, it’s easier for kids and pets to scramble over them, which make them distinctly less safe than ones made using glass panels that are very smooth.

Regardless of which way you look at it, glass fences are distinctly better in every way, compared to metal or timber ones. 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

how are frameless glass balustrades structured

How are Frameless Glass Balustrades Structured?

Today, frameless glass balustrades are increasingly being used in residential and commercial applications. These installations look elegant, are functional and provide the required safety too. When you source these from a credible and well-established company, you can be assured that these features will be made with high grade materials and safety glass.

Frameless glass balustrades are easy to install and in most instances, they are modular systems that are specifically tested and designed to meet the current Australian Standard. There are different options you can choose from such as:

  • Spigot Fixed Glass panels with top rails
  • Spigot Fixed Glass panels with offset handrail options
  • Pinned Fixed Glass panels with offset handrail options

These installations can be used in indoor as well as outdoor settings in commercial and residential premises. The system you choose will be dependent on where the installation is going to be, its function, your personal preferences and your budget.

Details about frameless glass balustrades

  • The toughened & heat soaked glass panels used in the balustrades will be in-line with the existing Australian Standards. These are essentially safety products that are guaranteed Grade A Safety Glass.
  • The glass panels are fitted with stainless steel spigots made from high grade steel that is corrosion-resistant and extremely strong. When the balustrades are installed in outdoor environments, they are exposed to the elements, and it’s crucial that these be made from weather-resistant materials.
  • These are available in square & round profiles for base-plated & core-drilled applications.
  • You would be able to choose from a variety of offset handrails to go with your frameless glass balustrades. These would comply with the BCA and Australian Standards
  • Toughened glass is very strong; however care has to be taken while it’s being transported and fitted. The company that handles this installation for you will ensure that these panels are packaged carefully in cardboard boxes.
  • The company will take all the technical details of the area into account and provide expert installation services.
  • Since toughened glass can’t be drilled/edge-worked in any way, all the surface treatments such as sand blasting have to be carried out before toughening.
  • At times, there is a possibility of visual distortion in the glass. When the glass is furnaced, roller waves or corrugated distortion mat appear in the glass. This is typically more visible in reflective and tinted glass. Heat strengthened glass has much less visual distortion and that is what we generally use in our projects.
  • The installation techniques used in glass balustrade installation is similar to the one used in glass fencing installation.
  • In the case of the glass fencing, gates may also be required for the installation.

Opt for high grade solutions

When you hire the services of a company like ours for this installation work, you are assured of high grade solutions. We work closely with our customers to understand what their requirements are, the conditions on site and the budget our customer is working on.

The solutions we provide will be in line with Australian Standards and care will be taken to ensure the work gets done in the best possible way. It is this attention to detail and the guarantees we provide for our work that ensure our installations are durable and strong.

For any more information about glass pool fencing 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 for more details about your frameless glass balustrade installation project.

Thanks for reading,
Quantum Frameless Glass Team
1300 282 248

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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