Up to 20mm adjustment either way on 1100mm tall glass! Allows for easy levelling up once installed. Just note, whilst the glass is completely adjustable, this adjustment is not designed to compensate for major alignment issues when installing the channel.
Suitable for every application. With a couple of different profiles, the Defender dry glaze system covers loading requirements from 0.36 kN to over 3kN! Therefore our Defender system is suitable for installation in a wide range of applications, including staircases, external
Different height posts can easily be incorporated into one balustrade. For example, having standard height posts and clear glass along the front of the balcony, and then taller posts and privacy glass at the sides. In some situations privacy screens are a requirement of planning permission, so is always worth checking with your local building control if they are involved in the project. Tall privacy screens are not only for your benefit, but also for other neighbours and people around
Low-iron glass is a type of high-clarity glass that is made from silica with very low amounts of iron. This low level of iron removes the greenish-blue tint that can be seen along the edges of clear glass.
Low-iron glass provides maximum brightness and clarity with a higher visible light transmittance than traditional clear glass. It is primarily on the edges where this difference is most noticeable, with clear glass having a greenish-blue tinge. Low-iron glass is often used when a
A Juliet balcony is a very narrow balcony in front of a door or window. Large Juliet balconies create lovely airy spaces - bringing the outside in! There are many different style of Juliet, see our project gallery for some examples. The size of the opening can sometimes dictate the style of Juliet balcony needed. The most important aspect when planning a large Juliet balcony is that there are sufficient fixing points.
Having large Juliet balconies as a
A balustrade is only as strong as its substrate. This is a statement we’ve repeated many times, but only because its true. The substrate you are fixing into directly effects the overall strength of the finished result. This connection is most obvious in decking balustrades. Decking balustrades often have long straight runs, with few corners/returns to add strength.
Something we would always advise with decks is not to fix the balustrade onto the perimeter board. Fixing into the perimeter board tends
Curved glass balustrades look fantastic, but can be very difficult to manufacture and install. The complexities involved also tend to drive the price up. If a curved balustrade is what you want for the project, the stunning end results are always worth the extra effort. Glass is the ideal option for balustrades, due to its versatility and aesthetics. Glass can be used indoors or outdoors, and unlike many metals, won't rust or weather in the elements.
There are certain curves and
Humans are visual creatures. Most of us process information based on what we see. When designing balustrades, seeing past projects really help. Our Inspirations Guide includes details and examples of all the major balustrade system types. These are examples, and we will accommodate any specific requirements your project may have. In fact, many of these projects include custom details which aren’t visible at first glance.
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Equally, seeing photos of where your balustrade
Frosted or privacy glass is often popular in areas that are highly populated or could be overlooked. Privacy glass can be stipulated as part of the planning permission, for the benefit of both the homeowner and their neighbours. It is always worth checking with your local building control to see if this is a requirement.
Taller glass can be used to create more of a 'screen'. This is common with balustrades around holiday lodges, where there is a screen around a
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, it is amazing, but its
Having a rough idea in your head of what you want the end result to look like is essential when designing a balustrade. There are countless options out there, and so many ways to customise your project so its completely unique.
Installation practicalities do have an impact on the design, and what is actually achievable. There are beautiful images floating around on sites such as Pinterest, and it is important to understand what your project will actually allow for. For example,