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• Monday, April 03rd, 2017

Stylish, Stunning and Unique: Exceptional Innovation for Glass Balconies and Balustrades.

True breakthroughs in balconies and balustrading are rare, so we’re very excited to present a breakthrough innovation, unique to Balconette.

The Balcony 2 Infinity Screen >

For too long, customers have had to compromise their designs for the sake of privacy and safety. Adding a privacy screen or extra height to regular glass balustrading has meant giving up on that perfect design. Extra posts and a network of support railings meant extra work for the fitters and an appearance out of keeping with high expectations.

glass balcony screen

No Compromise

But that’s all history now. Balconette’s team of design engineers have worked tirelessly to create a pass through glass balustrade that effortlessly complements regular glass balustrading. With frameless glass above handrail height, your balconies and balustrades will look slick and provide privacy, safety and protection from the elements without compromise. At last, projects that demand high impact aesthetics can find a solution that suits. There’s no need for clunky posts or rails interrupting the flow of a building or obscuring a beautiful view.

Technological Breakthrough

Despite its ground-breaking appearance, this unique pass through glass balustrade system works very simply. Instead of being supported by a network of angled rails and posts, it cuts straight through the aerofoil handrail. The 10mm thick, toughened and sanitised glass slices straight through the handrail and is secured in a clamp at the base. There is no need to secure the top of the screen with railings and no posts above handrail height. The stability of this method means you need fewer posts than a conventional tall glass screen; it’s simpler to fit and plan, and has dashing good looks.

Frameless Glass Balcony

Beautiful Simplicity

Your balcony or glass balustrade should complement your project and surroundings, it shouldn’t be a focus in your garden or on your balcony. That’s why we’ve worked hard to create a screen that blends in seamlessly with our conventional glass balustrade system. There are no limits to the way you can integrate this innovative system into your design; you can move your balustrade from the regular 1100mm height to taller glass seamlessly, for simple planning and minimalist good looks. Everything above the handrail is frameless, so whether you choose privacy glass or clear glass, you’ll appreciate the simple and stylish way this balustrade complements your project.

And the beauty of this system isn’t limited to good looks. With a maximum length without posts of 2250mm, and a maximum length with posts of 1500mm, there are fewer posts to install meaning less to care for and maintain. And if you add the BalcoNano® self-cleaning coating to the glass, even cleaning your pass through glass balustrade will be simplicity itself.

Frameless Glass Balustrade

Make it Yours

Complete your project with your perfect pass through glass balustrade. Choose from either Silver Anodised or Royal Chrome finishes for the Aerofoil handrail – both guaranteed for 10 years, and take your pick from our full choice of glass tints – clear, blue, bronze, green, grey and satin. Make your life easier by adding the easy-clean BalcoNano® self-cleaning coating; especially useful if your glass balustrade or balcony will be used for a swimming pool or hot tub, or is planned for an exposed location.

Call Balconette now and add one of these unique and breakthrough pass through glass balustrades or balconies to your project today.

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• Monday, February 27th, 2017
Balconette in Blindley Heath are looking for enthusiastic, hardworking people for the following vacancies:-
 
*Customer Service Advisor
*Technical/CAD Assistant
*Balustrade Trainee Installer
 
Please send your CV or request further details to jobs@balconette.co.uk
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• Sunday, February 19th, 2017

Are your system structural glass balustrades?

Due to the fact that many of our systems are installed without the use of posts, we get asked if the Balconette system is a structural glass balustrade. The answer is no. It’s a hybrid system. A Structural glass balustrade means that the glass itself acts as the structure, and resists outward forces by being cantilevered from the ground.

Glass and Bottom Channel

In a Structural glass system the strength comes from the glass and bottom channel. Both of these need to be heavy-duty and thick. The channel that holds the glass can either be hidden underneath the floor level, or visible above it.

If the structural glass balustrade uses a handrail, then the glass needs to be a minimum of 15 millimetres thick. If you want fully frameless you must use a minimum of 21.5 millimetre thick glass.

Balustrade Without Posts

With the Balconette Hybrid system, the strength of the balustrade comes from the handrail. This approach enables us to achieve relatively long runs without needing a post, without it being a structural glass system, but looking in some cases similar to one. The bottom rail is a small channel, not the deep channel of a structural glass system. It can be fitted on top of the floor level, making it unobtrusive, and easy to install.

Lightweight Balconette System

The Balconette system is lightweight, using 10 millimetre glass and not 21.5 mm. They aren’t structural glass systems, but can achieve the same look, at a fraction of the cost.

• Thursday, February 16th, 2017

What are the handrail systems made from?

We get asked are the handrails made of stainless steel? The answer is no, they are made from something better than stainless steel. They are made from anodised aluminium. Stainless steel is correctly named in that it stains less, but anodised aluminium is actually more corrosion-resistant, and that’s why we use it.

Anodised Aluminium

Anodised aluminium is more corrosion-resistant than stainless steel. We have a proprietary finish we call Royal Chrome Anodised, which you see here. This has the clean and sleek look of stainless steel, without the downsides. It requires almost no maintenance, yet keeps its beauty and finish, even in highly corrosive coastal locations.

The Advantages of Anodised Aluminium

  • It requires almost no maintenance.
  • It keeps its looks even in the salty air of coastal locations.
  • It can be formed into different shapes and sections which would be difficult and expensive in stainless steel.
  • It has the ability to have a designed handrail shape, for example the Balcony 2 aerofoil profile, which would be very difficult and expensive to form in stainless steel.

That’s why Balconette Systems prefer the flexibility, looks, and longevity of anodised aluminium.

• Tuesday, February 14th, 2017

How do you determine the number of panels to divide a run of balustrade into?

We get asked how we determine the quantity of panels to make a run of balustrade from.

Divide each run into equal panel sizes

We usually divide each run, or space between posts, into equal panel sizes. And normally we aim for a maximum panel width of 1.2 metres.

Maximum panel size of 1.2m

The reasons we don’t like to have larger panels are mainly to do with transportation and installation. 1.2m panels are practical for handling and transport. Transporting, carrying, installing, or in future ever replacing a glass panel, is much easier if you can handle it easily. Carrying larger panes upstairs or around tight corners can prove difficult.

We can provide larger glass panels, but issues like carrying glass upstairs and round tight corners must be considered. It’s not that larger panels can’t be used, and we do supply larger panels. But one must take into consideration transport, handling and logistical issues. This is why we normally design balustrades for panels to be a maximum of 1.2 metres wide.

• Thursday, February 09th, 2017

How are the corners joined?

We get asked a lot, how are the handrail corners joined together?

An internal corner bracket is screwed to the handrail with screwed plate and pan to covered plate. The handrail corners are fixed together mechanically by way of an internal corner bracket premade to the correct angle.  Each side of the handrail is screwed into the plate through the prefabricated holes on the handrail ends. On the Balcony 2 system it is then hidden by a cover plate.

It is hidden by a cover plate?

Between the two rails, we have something we’ve developed called the mitre protection plate.

Using a mitre protection plate

By using a mitre protection plate we can create a clean smooth corner with no sharp edges. This protects the corners so once they rails are joined it’s smooth to the hand with no sharp edges. It looks like a fillet weld, and gives a clean tidy finish.

Different corners in different angles

Corners can be made in the same way for most angles, not just 900. Corners can be made to suit most angles, and both the handrail joining bracket and the mitre protection plates are each prefabricated to suit the correct required angle.

• Wednesday, February 08th, 2017

Why is there a 30mm gap between the panes of glass?

We get asked why we design a 30 millimeter gap between the panes of glass. So the glass panes don’t touch.

There are four main reasons:

Expansion and contraction can cause cracking

The first is so the glass sheets don’t touch. In summer and winter glass expands and contracts, and if the panes were touching, the expansion could cause them to chip, or crack, or even explode.

Prevent a finger trap

The second reason for the 30 mill gap is so there isn’t a finger trap. Any less space, and a child or an adult could trap their fingers in the gap.

Easy handling and installation

The third reason relates to practicality and ease of installation. When installing, the panes need to be lifted and positioned into place, and the gap makes it very simple to do this by hand.

Tolerances and good looks

The surface that the bottom rail gets fixed to is not always perfectly level. This may cause the gap between the panes to not be exactly the same all the way up. If the panes were very close, a small variation of one or two millimeters would be very obvious, and the glass could look crooked. With a wider spacing between panes, this difference is not noticeable.

• Tuesday, January 31st, 2017

Post-less corners, how they work and how they support the balustrade structure.

One of the unique features of the Balconette Systems’ design is the ability to have postless corners.

Postless corner, inside and out.

  • The structure works because one side resists the forces of the other.
  • The handrail is fixed at each end. So we have one handrail fixed at one end, an angled corner, and the other handrail fixed at the other end.
  • The glass is fixed with silicone sealant. The bottom and top of the glass are fixed all the way along, to the bottom rail and the hand rail, with a continuous bead of silicone sealant.

The glass and rail make a single rigid corner

When the handrail on one side is pushed, it is restrained by the other side. Therefore when the handrail is pushed outwards, then the other side wants to stretch. But it can’t because it’s restrained by the glass and rail making a single rigid corner.

 

Similarly, when this handrail is pushed out, it is held by the strength of the other side. That’s why we don’t need a corner post – in fact, it’s considered stronger than a post.

Balustrade corner is as strong as a wall fixing

Glass balustrade corner is as strong as a wall fixing, so the rail can span the maximum length on both sides, counting the corner as a wall connection. Therefore when we’re stating the maximum length the handrail can be without posts, we consider a corner the same as a wall fixing, so the rail can span the maximum length on both sides, counting the corner as if it were a wall connection.

And that’s how Balconette balustrades work without needing a post at every corner.

• Monday, January 23rd, 2017

We get asked, what is the weight of the Balconette balustrade system?

How much do our systems weigh?

The systems, be it the Balcony One or the Balcony Two design, weighs approximately 35 kilograms per linear metre.

This is about half the weight of a structural glass system.

Handrail, bottom rail, glass

Our balustrading system is made up of the handrail and bottom rail, which weigh about 5 kilos a metre, and the glass which is about 30 kilos a metre.

Lighter and easier to install

Less weight, easier to install, and the system imposes a much smaller load on your balcony structure.

• Monday, January 23rd, 2017

How do the Balconette glass balustrades system posts work? We get asked about the posts in our balcony systems, and how they work.

An inner structural post and baseplate is made from galvanised steel

The posts are made from two parts. The first is the structural post, which is a galvanised steel tube with a welded baseplate.

Floor fixing

The baseplate is either fixed below the finished floor level, or above finished floor level with a cover.

In this case it sits above the floor level, and would be fixed down to the structure.

Cover post

The second part is the cover post. This slides all the way over the structural post.

The cover post is made with the same colour and finish as the handrail and bottom rail.

The steel inner post provides the strength

The strength comes from the structural steel post. These can be installed early and the finished floor height doesn’t need to be known due to the unique telescopic feature of the cover post.

Telescopic cover

The telescopic cover post provides the looks, and can be adjusted for variations in the floor height.

That’s how the Balconette posts combine strength, durability, and good looks.