Curved Glass Balustrades

• Monday, January 01st, 2018

decorative metal balustradeHistory of the Balustrade and Baluster

The terms Balustrade or Banister are the words that are commonly used when describing the components that make up a railing or guard system.  The Balusters are the upright posts that act as the support of the system, usually spaced evenly along the balustrade. The Balustrade was traditionally made of wood and clay and other metal components.

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• Monday, December 11th, 2017

Point Resolution Bridge – Glass Balustrades and Textured Concrete

auckland glass bridgeGlass balustrades today can be incredibly exciting! Point Resolution Bridge in New Zealand is a case in point. Completed in 2013, it was designed by architectural firm Warren and Mahoney. This is a wonderful example of using the strength of glass to create a sculptured piece of architecture, which is used as a walking bridge and connects the Parnell baths with the headland of Point Resolution/Taurana in New Zealand. Wrapped in a steel exoskeleton with etched concrete and glass details, this lovely bridge appears to float, while providing pedestrians with an extraordinary view.

This marvelous bridge along Auckland’s waterfront is a very innovative and fresh approach to using toughened glass in a waterfront setting.

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• Sunday, September 24th, 2017

The perfect glass balustrade fittings for your project

There was a time when people would avoid fitting their own glass balustrades. But times have changed for the better! Advances in technology have made glass balustrades an affordable and achievable project; they’re an excellent choice for the self-builder or home-improver. But before installing your new balustrade, you must choose the right kit for your project.

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Selecting the right fittings for your glass balustrade can be a minefield, but choosing Balconette will take a load off your mind. We supply complete balustrade systems – there’s no list-making and item-hunting to trouble yourself with. Just make your balustrade choice, put your order in and you’re ready to go!

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• Sunday, July 16th, 2017

Frameless Balcony ScreenUsually when something looks stunning, there’s a price tag to match. Cars are a great example, where a brand name can add 1000’s to the price tag, but in this case our innovative glass balustrade design has enabled us to create a system that has:

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• Sunday, July 16th, 2017

The stunning look that our glass balustrades produce is hard to beat but, because it’s glass, some people have concerns over safety. We’ll also talk about keeping the glass clean.

Keeping the Original Stunning Look

Glass Balustrade - Paul & Brenda Reach, DartmouthLet’s start by looking at keeping it clean. The aluminium handrails come in different coatings, which in all cases just wipe clean with soap and water. You don’t need any chemicals or abrasive pads as these will damage the coating. This makes our systems much easier to keep clean than Stainless steel systems, which tarnish over time.

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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.

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• 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.

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• Wednesday, October 29th, 2014

Balcony’s products add space and privacy to marina home

An impressive curved sliding patio door, glass balustrading and composite decking, all supplied by Balcony Systems, have added the ‘Wow factor’ to this Portsmouth home overlooking a marina.

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• Tuesday, March 25th, 2014

Balcony’s Royal Chrome Balustrades – Seven years later, how have they fared?

The proof has to be in the pudding as they say…

curved glass balustradeConstructed in 2007 and fronting directly onto the Bognor Regis seafront, the five-storey Compass Point building comprises 24 luxury two-bedroom apartments, each with its own large balcony or terrace to make the most of spectacular sea views.

The balconies are enhanced by distinctive curved steels, a design feature that ‘connects with the sea’, complementing the contours of the eye-catching corner tower. This tower also houses the living rooms of five of the homes and the master bedroom of the two-storey penthouse apartment with its sweeping curved balustrading.

Balcony Systems supplied more than 300 metres of curved and straight glass balustrading featuring their proprietary ‘Royal Chrome’ handrail finish for the distinctive property, built by private developer Hamlet Homes Ltd.

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Hamlet Homes specified the durable anodised aluminium Royal Chrome finish – specially-developed by Balcony Systems – for its corrosion-resistance and virtually maintenance-free characteristics.

curved glass balustradesAlmost identical in appearance to polished stainless steel, but with none of the drawbacks, the Royal Chrome handrail is an ideal choice for coastal climates. Balcony introduced this special finish following clients’ requests for a long-life product with the smart look of stainless steel.

Superior to stainless steel

Mike Neale, Estimator and Buyer at Hamlet Homes, explained: “Seven years on, the balustrading with the Royal Chrome handrail supplied by Balcony Systems still looks very good. It has certainly demonstrated its robustness and longevity in a testing marine environment.

“Its ‘good as new’ appearance is in stark contrast to a stainless steel balustrade on another development at the other end of the seafront, which has not fared as well and is starting to rust.”

glass balconiesMike continued: “We were originally going to use stainless steel balustrading, but decided on Balcony Systems after their curved patio doors and balustrading caught my eye while researching them on the internet. The curved balcony on the penthouse apartment really adds to the flowing lines of the building.

“We were impressed by their products, which are very cost-effective. They are also designed for long-term performance as amply demonstrated after seven years at Compass Point.”

Since 2007, Hamlet Homes has used Balcony’s products on several other projects with great success. Mike added: “The fact that the Royal Chrome handrail still looks great on a seaside property after seven years is a testament to the product’s durability and quality. We would recommend Balcony Systems and use their products again in the future.”

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• Tuesday, February 25th, 2014

Some 1,400 metres of the Balcony 2 System Glass Balustrade (using Balcony Systems’ Aerofoil shaped handrail) were specified to create sweeping curved glass balconies on this impressive and prestigious development.

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Balconies, and glass in particular, have become an important and appealing feature of buildings, particularly for apartment developments where they allow purchasers comfortable access to enjoy fresh air and surrounding views.

As an integral and aesthetic aspect of domestic architecture, their appearance also plays a key role in a property’s visual appeal, helping to secure sales. Consequently, modern balcony styles now favour glazed systems, rather than railings or spindles, to retain clear panoramic views of surrounding scenery.

Maximum glass and minimum uprights

“The main considerations were maximum glass and minimum uprights to keep the river views. Achieving smooth curves without the need for a faceted construction and the expanse of glass gives a ‘Mediterranean’ feel to the whole development, which works really well,”

Using low-maintenance materials, such as glass and aluminium, also has the added advantage of requiring almost no regular and costly maintenance to keep the structure looking as good as new.

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Innovation and development in balcony design has resulted in a beautiful, yet cost-effective system available on the British market that replicates the look of structural glazing for both curved and straight balustrading solutions.  As the Balcony system relies on the handrail to provide the required strength, in many cases the glass balustrades require no vertical supports to provide an uninterrupted view.

This was the key reason why the system was requested and specified for Trent Park by the client, built to the east of Nottingham city centre. Balcony Systems supplied the specialist balustrading solution for 146 luxury one to three-bedroomed apartments to take advantage of spectacular riverside views.

1,400 metres of straight and curved glass balconies

The result delivered the client’s vision for an aesthetically-driven balustrading solution that is as visually stunning as it is practical. Technical expertise and knowledge was essential at all stages of the project, from initial design concepts right through to overseeing installation of nearly 1,400 metres of straight and curved glass balconies.

Sweeping curved glass balconies follow the building’s rounded lines on the larger apartments, allowing for unobstructed views across the landscaped grounds and enhancing light through the full height windows.

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The system’s versatility allowed for specialist adaptation to suit the fixings and edge installation. Waterproofing was also taken into account with the balcony installation interfacing with the cladding system.

The system is suitable for all types of applications, being compatible with timber, steel, stone, brick and concrete walls. As the toughened glass panels are held securely at the base and handrail, there are no clamps, clips or ‘lugs’ to spoil the clean lines.

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