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• Monday, August 13th, 2018

New Composite Decking? Think About These 6 Things First

So you’re planning on adding composite decking to your home? Great plan! You’ve probably done the research between wood and composite decking already, so don’t need us to tell you that:

  1. Composite decking needs less maintenance than wood decking and
  2.  Composite decking lasts longer than wood decking.

But you need to choose a composite decking to suit your needs, which can be a minefield in itself.  Picking your way through plasticky-looking decking that doesn’t match the colourway you’ve chosen, fittings that don’t quite… fit. How do you know when you’ve chosen a product that’s as much of a joy to install as it will be to relax on?

Composite Decking

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• Monday, August 06th, 2018

Glass balcony systems are now hugely popular! What is all the fuss about? What is wrong with traditional wrought iron railings?

Balcony Glazing

Glass balcony systems put Balcony Systems on the map! In the following Q & A Mr. Effi Wolff Managing Director of Balcony Systems Solutions Limited gives some insight into current trends of glass balustrades and balconies why Balcony Systems’ proprietary system ticks all the right boxes.

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• Thursday, August 02nd, 2018

Glass Balcony and Wind LoadsDesigning balustrades to meet wind load requirements is a crucial part of our job. Now, in BS6180:2011 it is required that wind loads are included when designing balustrades.

Where to Find the Relevant Data

There are various factors to take into account when designing for wind loads. In essence, this is covered in a Euro code BS EN 1991-1-4:2005 Actions on structures – Wind actions, its addendum and annex cover what you need to know.

The Euro code 1 itself is a highly scientific and theoretical document of 145 pages and an additional 42 pages in the UK National Annex, giving a total of 187 pages.

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• Monday, July 30th, 2018

Fixing Beneath FFL (finished floor level) to the Structure

Telescopic System

The height of any finished external balustrade or railing needs to be a minimum of 1100mm above the finished floor level, or above where one can stand. This is according to BS6180:2011 – Barriers in and about buildings code of practice.

Not always is fixing balustrades a simple matter. This is because usually the finished floor level does not have a structural member to fit to. Structural members are often imbedded below the floor level, under insulation, screed, waterproofing etc.

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• Wednesday, July 25th, 2018

External Balcony BalusterLet’s have a look at what happened at the Grenfell Tower that made it such a disaster.

What About the Paper Work?

Well, people or I should say company’s installed cladding and insulation and other components such as fire doors, all of which had pieces of paper to say that they were compliant and met all building regulations etc., etc.

But in reality, when it actually came to the real test, we all saw what happened, it went up like a box of matches.

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• Monday, July 23rd, 2018

Deflection of the Balustrade under LoadDesigning Balustrading – 3 Loads You Must Be Aware Of

There are three primary loads to consider when designing glass balustrading to BS6180, which is the code that regulates barriers (Balustrades and Railings).

In this code it specifies the loads for different usages relating to building types or occupancies of buildings.

Although the different occupancy types will specify different loads, for instance in a public environment the load will be higher than for a private residential occupancy, in each occupancy there will always be three loads types that have to be met.

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• Monday, July 16th, 2018

Royal Chrome Juliet BalconyJuliet balconies are increasingly popular and deservedly so. Often used in apartments or added to bedrooms and upstairs living room areas, they can transform a dark or dull room. Open up a small window or part of a wall and you make the most of your view and add extra daylight for a bright and spacious feeling. If you’re adding a Juliet balcony to your property, either as part of a new-build project or a renovation, the railings you choose have a significant bearing on the final appearance of your project.

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• Monday, July 09th, 2018

Oh, we Brits do like to be beside the seaside. And with an estimated 19½ thousand miles of coastline, our collection of small islands blesses us with opportunities to live on or visit the coast. Properties by the sea are a delight, especially if you have a balcony or protected decking from which to enjoy the views and fresh sea air. Glass balconies and balustrades are well-suited to the wet and wild weather so often experienced by the sea. Sitting behind the shelter of a strong glass panel, you can enjoy a breath of fresh air on all but the stormiest day.

Glass Balustrades Seaside

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• Monday, July 02nd, 2018

What is a Frameless Juliet Balcony?

Frameless Juliet Balcony

A Frameless Glass Juliet Balcony is simply a sheet of glass that provides a clear protective and highly-aesthetic barrier for a balcony on or above first-floor level.

Popular with homeowners, architects and designers, a frameless solution is an elegant, simple and highly-effective solution for all types of properties.

With no spindles or rails to block the view, the Balconette Frameless Glass Juliet balcony is an unobtrusive and secure solution for French Doors, and spans up to 3.3 metres wide.

Whether you’re renovating an existing home, adding a new extension or even self-building, why not consider a Frameless Juliet balcony to create a feeling of spaciousness and to bring in the light.

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• Monday, June 25th, 2018

Post-less balconies

Our balcony system balustrades ae unique in the fact that this is the only system around that can enable postless balconies without using structural glass. Utilising the strength of the handrail the systems can span as much as 4.0m without posts. In theory you can have an endless run of balcony without posts if you do not surpass the maximum lenths the handrail can span and fix them to the walls.

Balcony Wall Fixings

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