Differences Between Dry and Wet Glaze Channels

The two main types of frameless glass channel are wet glaze and dry glaze. There are several differences between dry and wet glaze channels. Wet glaze uses a pourable grout to cement the glass into the channel, whereas dry glaze channel uses a wedge and gasket system to secure the glass. Both have their advantages in different situations – see below for more details on the differences between the two channels.

Wet Glaze Channel

• Can be faster to install for larger commercial jobs.
• Forms a permanent structural fixture.
• Used in areas with a high volume of people because of its high load limits.
• Once set the grout has set, the consistent clamping on the glass means the only movement is going to be from the glass or the substrate itself.
• Cladding made to order to suit your requirements, for both Satin & Mirror finishes, in either 304g or 316g.
• Fixings holes drilled to order if specific hole centres are needed.
• Grout forms a seal preventing water making its way through to the fixings within the channel.
• Grout will not burn in the event of fire, meaning the glass will remain secure for longer (subject to fire rating certification on glass used)

Dry Glaze Channel

• Full adjustment of each panel from the inside face only, no need to access both sides of the glass to level up!
• Up to 20mm vertical adjustment either way on an 1100mm height balustrade, making it even easier to align panels on a straight run.
• Extra cavity in base which means standard fixings and resin can be used rather than the more expensive counter-sunk fixings – No need for countersunk fixings on side mount option too.
• Up to 1.5kN/m loading using standard PVB laminated glass! Most other alternative systems officially only achieve this with more expensive Sentry Glass.
• Anodised to 25 microns which is suitable for all external applications including around pools (industry standard is 15 microns).
• Integrated drainage holes to prevent build-up of water within the channel, which can cause potential glass lamination failure and breakages.
• Easy to remove glass in event of breaking
• Proven to be up to 30% quicker to install than other similar dry-glaze systems.
• Joining pins supplied, to join and perfectly align lengths and pre-formed corners.
• Drainage spacers available where necessary for extra drainage

Frameless Glass Stair Balustrade

Contact us for more ideas and situation specific advice regarding the different types of channel.

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