Approved document K what it is & how it applies to balustrades and handrails – A brief summary

In this article, we’re summarizing the requirements detailed in Approved Document K for stairs and ladders. The following 14 points are the ones we feel are most important, but this is for guidance and advice only. If you are in any doubt, please refer to the Approved Document K on the Gov.uk website Key take-aways from Document K applicable to balustrades & handrails

  1. For flights of stairs (other than dwelling houses) a minimum width between walls or
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What regulations or standards apply to balustrades or balustrading in the UK – A comprehensive guide

In this article, we will discuss the different regulations and standards for balustrading, where they apply and why they make balustrades a legal requirement in specific applications in the UK. It is essential to make sure your balustrade does comply with building regulations where it is required to do so, as failure to adhere to these regulations can delay the building being signed off or add additional complications when coming to sell your property. The regulations and requirements can be challenging to

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Is low iron glass suitable for use in balustrades and how much does it cost?

In this article, we will discuss what low iron glass is (or lo iron glass as its also known), the increased cost of low-iron glass and whether it is suitable for balustrades or balustrading. What is low iron glass? Low-Iron, or Lo-Iron glass, is a glass manufactured from silica with very low amounts of iron, resulting in a very high clarity glass. The low iron level removes the greenish-blue tint that can be seen, especially on larger and thicker sizes of clear

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The types of glass lamination and what is the best lamination interlayer to use in balustrades

In this article we will look at the following glass lamination interlayer types in detail, compare them, and look at their suitability for use in glass balustrading:

  1. Polyvinyl Butyral (PVB)
  2. Ethylene Vinyl Acetate (EVA)
  3. SentryGlas Plus/ Sentry Glass Plus Ionoplast (SGP)
What is a lamination interlayer? Laminated glass is a safety glass where two or more panes of glass are laminated together. Interlayers are used in this process to bond the two panes together, so in simplistic terms the "glue" between them. 1.
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The types of glass and what is best for use in balustrades

In this article we will look at the following glass types in detail, compare them and look at their suitability for use in glass balustrading:

  1. Float / Annealed Glass
  2. Heat Strengthened Glass
  3. Toughened Glass / Tempered Glass
  4. Laminated Glass
  5. Toughened & Laminated Glass
What is Glass?
As the raw materials are abundantly available and the end product widely recyclable, glass has become an essential material used in modern life, especially in the construction industry.
Glass is a solid-like and (usually) transparent material used in
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Is laminated glass a combustible material?

What are fire regulations? Fire safety regulations are a set of practices intended to reduce the destruction caused by fire. Fire safety measures include those that are intended to prevent the ignition of an uncontrolled fire, and those that are used to limit the development and effects of a fire after it starts. Following the Grenfell disaster in 2017, many changes have been made to the fire safety regulations in relation to high-rise buildings. One

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What is the building regulation height for balustrades in residential applications?

Please note the information in this article particularly relates to single-family dwellings, different regulations apply to buildings with other uses. It is important to remember that the safety of the occupants of the building is paramount and in some instances, it is better to go beyond what building regulations actually require! Curved glass is more expensive Introduction When assessing the need for a barrier, the type of barrier to be provided or the design criteria for a barrier, you should remember to not

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Fitting frameless glass channel to decking – a brief overview

Frameless glass balustrades are chosen for their minimalism and visual subtlety. They combine stunning modern looks with proven strength and safety, to give a clean, simple and subtle look to any project. The frameless glass channel we supply falls into two main categories; wet glaze channel and dry glaze channel. Which type of channel is best depends on each individual project, and how confident you are with installation. To install channel correctly, there are several factors to take into account. What substrate you

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What is the LRV of stainless steel balustrades & hand rails?

What is LRV / Light Reflectance Values? If you’re supplying or specifying balustrades in large commercial projects or a project where equal access is a consideration, chances are you’ve been asked about the LRV of stainless steel. But what actually is the LRV? It stands for ‘Light Reflectance Values‘, which are a measure of the percentage of visible and usable light that is reflected from a surface when illuminated by a light source. Equality Act 2010 requires that all new and

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What is self-cleaning glass and is it suitable for use in balustrades

What is self cleaning glass? Self-cleaning glass is a specific type of glass with a surface that keeps itself free of dirt and grime. Self cleaning glass has a protective coating on the outside of the glass that acts as the ‘self-cleaner’. It uses an organic process whereby dirt is broken down by daylight and is then washed away by rain. Self-cleaning glass is not a magic solution, but a welcome advance in technology. And like a lot of new technology,

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