What makes a great glass balustrade system? Is it the ease of
installation, the sleek design, that minimal ‘all glass’ look or safety
assurance? In all honesty its all of those things and more, including the level
of service you receive from the manufacturer or product supplier.
Glass balustrading is everywhere, across
towns, cities and suburban developments, its well established as the ‘go to’
solution for contemporary screening, prevalent on most new build apartment
blocks with outdoor areas and balconies. The same is true of houses, shopping
centres, hotels and homes across the UK.Glass balustrading whether a frameless, point fixed, post based or a
combination of systems, it has been increasing year on year. Balustrades can be
made from various materials, such as wood, metal, stone, and plastic, but it’s
the glass balustrade that grabs the limelight. Whilst the benefits of glass
balustrading might be fairly well known, following is five benefits of glass
balustrading to help determine a great glass balustrading solution.
Glass is a material that can be effortlessly used with a number
of materials to create stunning spaces, it’s also a material that offers a broad
range of design flexibility due to the colour options, finishes and bevel
styles available. Likewise, glass balustrade hardware is available in a range
of finishes and colours to suit numerous design requirements.
Clear views and plenty of light!
Incorporating a glass balustrade system into
an interior or exterior space is a great way of getting loads of natural light
into an area or letting light flood through in an exterior space such as a
garden area. Frameless glass balustrades are an ideal addition to any patio,
decked or outdoor relaxation area, whether at home or in the commercial sector.
The understated, unobtrusive design of frameless glass balustrades blends
seamlessly with the outside world, allowing clear views of the surrounding
garden and landscape ahead. Whilst providing a protective low-level screen from
the elements and the unpredictable changes in the UK weather.
Create the illusion!
Another benefit of light flowing through interior and exterior
spaces is the illusion of more space. This is why glass balustrading systems
are great for staircases where light and space are often restricted.
Simple to Install
In general terms installing a frameless or post glass
balustrade is quicker than balustrades made out of other materials such as wood,
metal, stone, and plastic. Some glass options only consist of glass panels,
channel and handrail, which means that the balustrade can be installed swiftly.
Alternative glass options may take a bit more time, but they still offer easy,
quick installation when compared to alternative materials.
To ensure your balustrade system is geared up to be great, make
sure the installation is undertaken concisely, by experienced people using the
finest tools to safeguard against misalignment, wonky profiles and posts, and
unsecure glass.Products such as ONLEVEL’s
innovative Flex-Fit system provide further ease of installation and reduced
installation time. With this system for frameless glass balustrades it is
possible to adjust each individual glass plate up to 40 millimetres towards the
perpendicular line. It is the solution for a perfect and safe alignment of
glass balustrades. With just a simple sliding movement the installer is able to
precisely position glass and reduce the assembly time by some 30%.
In safe hands
Toughened glass panels used in glass balustrades have a high
impact and heat resistance. The process of heating the glass then rapidly
cooling it during the toughening procedure, creates various malleable stresses
on to the surface of the glass. Contractions throughout the glass then causes
stresses and an increase in strength within the glass panel structure. The
increase in strength means toughened glass is an incredibly durable product. It
is also safe, toughened glass doesn’t break easily but if it does it will break
into tiny particles making it safe to use in lots of applications, including
the family home. Furthermore, all reputable glass balustrade systems go through
rigorous testing and have to comply with British Standards (or relevant
standards for the country the system is being installed in) for different types
of applications, to ensure safety and peace of mind.
Add value with great looking glass balustrades
Your glass balustrade system will look great, whether in and
modern, traditional or indifferent setting! Glass balustrades add value to any
building, bringing sophistication and elegance to any interior or exterior
space. In recent years the sleek and simple look of glass balustrades has been
the preferred choice for home owner and designer alike. To achieve the ultra
minimal look without a handrail ONLEVEL recommend toughened laminated glass.
Glass balustrades using toughened glass (not laminated) must include a handrail
in the UK to comply with building regulations.
ONLEVEL are the innovation specialist for Juliet balcony
systems, glass clamps, and high-quality balustrade profiles in all shapes and
sizes. Providing aesthetical pleasing, safe, tested, independently certified,
highly durable balustrades for living or work spaces.
ONLEVEL supply certified dry-glaze frameless glass balustrade
systems in 0.75kN, 1.5kN and 3kN performance standards, and Juliet Balcony
solutions up to 3m spans - with unique, patented, fast installation solutions.
Additionally, ONLEVEL supply glass clamps, structural glass point-fixings,
Stainless Steel, Aluminium and Wooden handrails, Fischer, Wurth and Hilti
fixings and accessories such as stainless-steel cleaner, adhesive and glass