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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

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