types of hardware used in glass balustrade installations

Types of Hardware Used in Glass Balustrade Installations

Glass balustrades are increasingly being used in various residential and commercial settings and there are a number of different styles to choose from such as framed, semi-frameless and frameless installations. The type of installation you choose will be dependent on the space it’s going to be fitted in, and your functionality and aesthetic preferences.

To a certain degree the design elements in the space will dictate the kind of balustrades you will use. When you contact the glass balustrade company for this installation, they will visit your premises and understand what your requirements are. They will also survey the space where the balustrade is to be installed and provide you design options and advice about which system would work best for you.

The hardware

While it’s very important to choose the right kind of glass for the installation, it’s equally important that the right kind of hardware be chosen for the fitting; this includes base clamps, connectors, glass adapter systems and handrails. Different types of fixing methods could be used in the installation, such as:

  • Spigot fixing
  • Pin standoff fixing
  • Channel fixing
  • Concealed fascia clamp fixing

A credible and reputed company will always ensure that the hardware used in the balustrade installations are tested to meet the Australian Building Standards. Let’s take a look at how different hardware is incorporated into the installation:

Glass balustrade clamps

These are available in standard as well as custom sizes and are used to hold the glass panels in the frame. They are typically made of high-grade stainless steel and enhance the aesthetics and structural integrity of the balustrade.


There are a number of different types of handrails available as well, and you can choose from options such as offset flat bar SS handrails, offset tubular SS handrails, capping top rail and timber handrails.

Glass Adapters

These adapters are used in slab and post fixing installations. They are made of high-grade stainless steel and are suitable for outdoor and indoor use.

Glass Adapters with Base Plate

The adapters with a base plate are available in non-adjustable and adjustable variants. The base plates help create the right balance between the transparency and elegance of glass and the detailing of stainless steel.

Base Glass Clamps & Glass Spigots

The steel spigots are made of high strength stainless steel and the installation is very easy. There are base glass clamps that can be used in balustrade systems, fencing and glass barriers too.

Anchor Bolt Fixings

Threaded, high-performance anchor bolt fixtures are specially designed to suit different head shapes; they are used when the glass balustrades are being installed in a concrete base.

Other considerations

As mentioned earlier, the kind of hardware used in glass balustrade installations will be dependent on the location, size, type of glass panels used and the setting the balustrade system is to be installed in. In addition to the hardware to be used, there are some other considerations that have to be taken into account, such as:

Size of the glass panels

If large, toughened glass panels are being used in the installation, heavy-gauge SS clamps would have to be used in the structure.


You can choose from glossy/matt finishes as well as round/square shaped clamps.

Rubber protectors

The installers will ensure that strong rubber protectors are used between the glass panels and the clamps.


The stainless steel clamps and the rest of the hardware should be positioned correctly. In some cases, corner clamps may be required to lend strength to the installation.

As you can see, there are a number of things that have to be accounted for when hardware is being chosen for your glass balustrades. We provide excellent, customised solutions for residential and commercial spaces. 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.

Thanks for reading,
Quantum Frameless Glass Team
1300 282 248

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