Shopping Cart Request Brochure Contact Us

Updated on: 01/08/14

Glass Balustrade Types

Glass Balustrade  |  Juliet Balcony  |  Curved Patio Doors  |  Balcony Systems Articles Main Page

 

There are many versions of glass balustrades that are available in the UK market these days.  

They should be broken down into two main categories: 

  • Glass balustrades that are reliant on posts
  • Glass balustrades that are reliant Structural Glass

 

Glass balustrades that are reliant on posts



The first type would be the posted type which means they rely on the vertical posts for their strength.

 

 

 

Balustrades that are reliant on posts Balustrades that are reliant on posts Balustrades that are reliant on posts

 

Examples of balustrades that are reliant on posts

This type of system can have variations in types of post, frequency of posts, how the glass is connected to the post or if there’s a handrail or if there isn’t a handrail.

This is more the traditional system and will usually have post fixed at regular intervals of appx 1.0m. Most posted systems will have and use corner posts. Glass is usually fixed via claps or lugs that are fixed to the post and hold the panels.

 

 

Glass balustrades that are reliant Structural Glass

 

The other type of glass system would be a structural glass balustrade. Why is it called “structural glass”? well this is because the glass acts at the structure and not just a panel that in fills the gap.  This type would rely on the strength of the glass for the loading.  The glass being strong enough to take any load applied onto it.

 

 

Balustrades using structural glass Balustrades using structural glass

 

Examples of balustrades using structural glass

 The structural glass balustrade also varies to some degree but always cantilevering the glass (By cantilevering is meant that the glass is in embedded into a type of “U” channel or some type of clamping system that holds the glass panel at the bottom of it while the load is applied to the top of the glass) Invariably a structural glass system will require thick panels  of glass, usually with a minimum of 15mm and toughened. The glass itself acts as the barrier and is the balustrade both the infill panel and the load bearing element (structure), or the resister to the loads applied.

On top of a structural glass balustrade you would normally have a handrail.  That handrail per British standard must be able to support the load if one of the glass panels breaks and there’s a gap between two glasses that handrail must be strong enough to take the required load across the empty area that is missing the panel. 

Structural glass system can now be made without any handrail, as long as the correct thickness of glass is used and that the glass must be laminated. These are also known as fully frameless systems.

 

 

 

Balcony Systems Articles Main Page |  Glass Balustrade  |  Juliet Balcony  |  Curved Patio Doors

Glass Balustrade

Juliet Balcony

Curved Patio Doors

Online Shop

Request Brochure

Contact Us

Seperator Seperator

NEWS

  • We are at Grand Designs Birmingham again!

    Glass Balustrades, Curved Doors, composite decking and Juliet Balconies are all on show at the Grand Designs Exhibition in Birmingham. Click to register for complimentary tickets

  • Part time assistant for accounts department

    Balcony Systems Solutions Ltd. We are recruiting for our Accounts Department. Part Time Accounts Assistant 8-10 Hours per week, flexible and could be worked in school hours.

  • Technical office positions

    Technical office positions, CAD technician, technical office, drawing office, draftsman. We are looking for intelligent technical persons for our technical department and drawings office.

  • Sales and marketing position

    We are recruiting for our office based sales team. Here at Balcony Systems Solutions we have a great sales team and a wonderful company atmosphere.

  • Glass and Wood Balcony

    New glass balustrade and composite decking add ‘wow factor’ to thr roof terrace. A smart new glass balcony and composite decking, supplied by Balcony Systems, add the perfect finishing touch to a basement extension.

  • Balcony Views Magazine - Read it Online

    Balcony Views Magazine is now available to view and read online. An exciting magazine with ideas, innovations, practical information and design concepts to architects, contractors, developers and self-builders.

  • Glass balustrade protects Isle of Man garden

    Glass balustrades supplied by Balcony Systems shelters the terrace from strong south-westerly winds, marks the garden boundary and allows clear views.

  • Balcony Views Magazine 2014 Launch

    Balcony Views Magazine is an exciting magazine which includes new ideas, innovations, practical information and design concepts for architects, contractors, developers and self-builders.

  • Photo Competition 2014

    Balcony Systems Photo Competition 2014 is now open! Send us pictures of your glass balustrades, Juliet balconies and curved glass doors and win fantastic prizes!

  • Grand Designs London 2014 Special Offer

    Balcony Systems’s 8th year Grand Designs Live creates EXTRA SPECIAL HOT offer. We are freezing our 2013 prices until the end of the Grand Designs Live!

Blog Seperator

REVIEWS

  • Uiseag at Portvoller - Isle of Lewis - Hebridean Islands
    rating starrating starrating starrating starrating star

    The property (Uiseag is the Gallic for Skylark - many nest on the croft)is on the Western Isles - they can be windy - yes up to 80mph, so an...

  • juliette balcony
    rating starrating starrating starrating starrating star

    Really pleased with the service I received and the product us great and just what we wanted for our renovation project, perfect look we were...

  • My opinion of your excellent website
    rating starrating starrating starrating starrating star

    Balcony 2 System used for balcony and deck balustrades on rear of detached house overlooking Brighton, Sussex. Railing colours - Bronze and ...

  • Strong and aesthetic glass balcony
    rating starrating starrating starrating starrating star

    This product combines the best balance of maximum visibility through glass and a pleasing, strong supporting structure. The anodised royal ...

  • Got there in the end
    rating starrating starrating starrating starrating star

    The look of these products are top class, I did have an issue with colour finishes as a wanted a stainless steel look, so ordered the royal ...

  • Patio and Balcony
    rating starrating starrating starrating starrating star

    The balustrade components and glass all arrived on time and our builders had no difficulty with the installation. The products fitted perfec...

  • Review - The Old Barn, Cheshire
    rating starrating starrating starrating starrating star

    Very pleased with the balcony product, our joiner was impressed with the quality of the materials used and easy to read instructions. Ver...

  • order ref 37618
    rating starrating starrating starrating starrating star

    Did what it said on the tin, looked stunning, is low maintenance,guaranteed to last in seaside environment. Good value for money. Delive...

  • Balcony for new build at Bramley House
    rating starrating starrating starrating starrating star

    We have just completed our new oak frame house and have a super balcony area which looks fantastic with the Balcony system solutions product...

  • Excellent Juliette balcony
    rating starrating starrating starrating starrating star

    I had this balcony installed approximately two years ago and am very pleased with it. I live right beside the seaside and ANYTHING made of m...

Seperator