How Wide Can a Glass Panel be?
We’re often asked about the options available for the width of the glass panels on our balustrading. While it’s physically possible to manufacture, transport and install glass at almost any width, we recommend sticking to more conventional panel widths.
How wide can a glass panel be?
The maximum width we supply for glass panels is 1.2 metres. However, we’d normally recommend glass panel widths of around 1.0m.
Fitting one large glass panel or a series of wider panels can feel like a good move. After all, a run of crystal-clear glass, unobscured by posts would give you a clear view of the world beyond and add that elusive wow factor to your build. But is using wider glass panels the only option?
By installing an SG12 Frameless balustrade system or a Hybrid® system with minimal posts, you will get a set-up that’s as seamless as if you’d used a series of wider panels. Unlike systems which are interrupted by regular posts, Balconette’s balustrading options can gives you the option of installing a boundary that consists only of glass panels. There will be small gaps between the panels, that allow for expansion and contraction tolerances but these are barely noticeable with well-maintained, well-installed glass.
Not only does this approach give you unobscured views but you also get the other benefits of using conventional glass panel widths:
Lower replacement costs
No matter how careful you are, accidents can happen. And if they do, a narrower glass panel is your friend. Not only will you have a narrower width to secure while you wait for the replacement panel, but the replacement will be more affordable. There’s another advantage too, because it’s a conventional size, it will be faster to source and deliver replacement panels.
Easier, more cost-effective installation
A single pane of glass at 1.0 metres squared weighs in at 25kg – around the weight of an 8-year-old child. It’s easy enough to lift and manoeuvre into place without difficulty or the need for help. Double that width and you double the weight. Few people can safely lift 50kg alone. Because larger panels weigh more, you’ll need more people to handle, position and install the glass balustrading; increasing the installation costs.
A less risky option
Because of their larger size and heavier weight, larger glass panels are more awkward to manoeuvre. This increases the risk of damaging a glass panel by dropping or knocking it during installation. A mishap like this will set your project timeline back (and hit your budget) while you wait for a replacement panel to be manufactured and delivered.
Easier to budget and design
Using standardised glass panels makes budgeting far easier. Instead of waiting for a customised quote, input your project details into our online quote tool for Glass Balustrades This software asks for a few details and then gives you the best panel size for your project together with a cost. And all in less time than it takes to make a cup of coffee.
More affordable delivery costs
Regular sized glass panels are easier to transport because they fit on standard pallets and can be handballed off the lorry. Larger glass panels do not fit on a standard pallet and this increases the delivery costs and can increase the delivery lead time.
Ready to find out more about the sizes and costs of your glass balustrade project? Visit our 3D Balustrade Designer.