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