Glass Balustrade Benefits
Installing glass into a new or existing balustrade are a great way to create a modern feel to your home or place of work. Commonly used in a lot of commercial properties, glass balustrades are becoming ever more popular at home too!
Here’s some of the reasons why.
1. MORE LIGHT
The number one reason being glass will not block any light coming through making the space feel more airy and bright.
2. ILLUSION OF MORE SPACE
If you are thinking of having glass fitted at home, glass will help the area feel bigger rather than shutting down a space with a standard wooden balustrade given the illusion of a more open fresh space.
Glass will instantly transform your home or office space making it feel more modern and sleek. As well as it being timeless it is also durable and easy to clean.
4. DIFFERENT GLASS OPTIONS AVAILABLE
There are lots of glazing finishes available on the market today. Clear glass will give you the feel of more space whereas other options available include; obscured glass, fire rated glass, low iron glass, toughened laminated glass and more.
5. INTERNAL & EXTERNAL USE
Glass balustrades can be fitted internally and externally to create a striking finish
6. SAFE & DURABLE
Although in the long run glass may be a little more expensive to install than your average balustrade, you are making an investment that will last whilst not compromising on safety. All glass fitted into balustrades by law will be a toughened safety glass which is very durable and strong. Depending on the option you go for, different thicknesses are available to suit your requirements of the finished look you want to achieve.
For common glass balustrade options available, see examples below.
Fitted with clamps
Glass can be fitted with ‘D’ clamps to your existing handrail and base rail. Commonly fitted with 10-12mm toughened safety glass.
Fitted to new
New newell posts and handrails and even new stairs can be fitted to replace old outdated ones. The glass can be fitted to the base rail or even cut out to fit around the steps themselves.
Glass can be fitted into a rebate in timber and stainless steel hand and base rail if you do not want to opt for clamps for a minimalist finish.
A more costly option would be to install the glass without a handrail where a thicker toughened laminated glass would be required to cohere with safety standards.