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.
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.
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
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.
Thanks for reading,
Quantum Frameless Glass Team
1300 282 248