A rooftop balcony helps utilise the maximum space in this perfect holiday home. With stunning views across the Suffolk countryside, the balcony is an idyllic space to relax. When using a flat roof for a balcony, a balustrade is essential for protecting the edges, to ensure that the space is safe to use. Glass ensures that the view isn’t compromised, whilst meeting all the relevant building regulations.
10mm toughened glass is used as the infill here; this meets the regulation requirements as there is a handrail. If the glass was to break, the handrail would still form a barrier, protecting the edge until a replacement can be installed.
In this project, the posts were installed first, before ordering the glass to suit the exact site dimensions. This allows for greater installation tolerance on site, as the posts don’t have to be installed in a set position in order to make the glass fit.
The small return on the balustrade provides extra strength to the whole balustrade. It also makes the edge safer, as there now isn’t such a gap between the edge of the balustrade and the pitch of the roof. If Building Control are involved, they may have an opinion on the size of this return, so its always best to check with them first.
Another important point to consider, is positioning the balustrade at a point where it can fix into a sufficient substrate. In this installation, the balustrade is fixed about 200mm in from the edge of the balcony, to ensure a strong enough fixing. As we often say, a balustrade is only as strong as the substrate it is fixing into!
All our glass is manufactured to suit the exact site dimensions
Another shining example of the fact that: Our products are not just part numbers!
They are quality solutions designed by caring technicians with on-site experience and technical knowledge.