Effi Wolff joined his father’s company in 1993 after his military service. The company had been successfully creating glass banisters and balustrades in Israel since it’s formation in 1984. After eleven years, in 2004, Effi brought the concept to the UK. Bringing innovation to the already popular trend, he was able to bring down the cost per unit, even when making customs sizes and shapes. The company took off and is now the leading UK manufacturer of glass balustrades and Juliet balconies, as well as curved patio doors and windows.
Curved Glass Balustrades
History 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.
Point Resolution Bridge – Glass Balustrades and Textured Concrete
Glass 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.
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.
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!
Usually 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:
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
Let’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.
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.
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.
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.
Balcony’s Royal Chrome Balustrades – Seven years later, how have they fared?
The proof has to be in the pudding as they say…
Constructed 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.
Hamlet Homes specified the durable anodised aluminium Royal Chrome finish – specially-developed by Balcony Systems – for its corrosion-resistance and virtually maintenance-free characteristics.
Almost 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.”
Mike 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.”