If you hear glass balustrade professionals talk about the specifications of the features when they come to survey the job site, you will hear them talking about Wind Load. This term refers to the forces or pressure exerted by wind of any structure or building.
Types of wind forces
There are three different types of wind forces that a building may have to withstand.
Uplift Wind Load
This is the upward wind that can affect roof structures or other similar horizontal structures in buildings, such as awnings or canopies. The flow of the wind under the roof structure pushes it upwards, while the flow of wind over a horizontal structure pulls the roofing upwards.
Lateral Wind Load
This is the horizontal wind pressure that can make structures move off their foundations or even overturn.
Shear Wind Load
This is the horizontal force or pressure that can cause vertical structural elements and walls to crack or tilt causing the structure to tilt.
When we handle any outdoor structural glass balustrade projects, we provide custom glass balustrade solutions to match the settings they are going to be installed in; this includes wind load requirements as well. Different regions/areas across Australia will have varying wind load design requirements based on the basic wind speed of that location; the shape and size of the building has role to play here too.
We follow the existing Australian Standards when it comes to balustrade installations and these features are able to withstand very strong winds easily. We pay special attention to balustrades that are to be installed in coastal properties or areas that aren’t in sheltered environments as the structures here could be subject to much higher wind loads; this is why the balustrades here will be specifically designed to endure these additional forces.
The importance of wind load in architectural glazing
We meticulously work out all the fixing details and specifications of the structural glass balustrades depending on the wind load calculations that are done as part of the initial survey. Ensuring that balustrade glazing installations are designed and then installed with the necessary wind loading is crucial in ensuring that these features are able to withstand wind and storm conditions.
Since indoor balustrades aren’t exposed to the elements, the wind load factor isn’t as relevant in these installations. But we always recommend the use of toughened and laminated glass even in indoor settings. This is especially true in the case of commercial settings as these areas see a significant amount of traffic and wear and tear.
Other aspects we take into account
- We also ensure that all structural glass assemblies are designed with the appropriate glass thicknesses and the relevant strengthening interlayers.
- The hardware used in frameless glass balustrades have a very important role to play in the overall stability and resilience of the structure.
- We also make sure that the feature has a stable base and wall spaces where it will be affixed either in balcony, terrace or staircase applications.
- The railing specifications will also be very carefully considered as it is crucial to have very sturdy railings for structural glass balustrades.
These same principles apply in glass fencing installations and we are very particular in ensuring that the features we install are robust, weather-resistant and long-lasting. We at Quantum Frameless Glass can provide excellent, customised and cost-effective structural glass balustrade and fencing 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. and we will revert quickly.
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Quantum Frameless Glass Team
1300 282 248