• Sunday, June 20th, 2021
With an almost-there appearance, you’d be forgiven for thinking that a Frameless Glass balustrade is less substantial than a framed balustrade system. After all, where the system is recessed below the floor the lack of obvious structure makes these glass railings look unsupported. But that’s not the case. Every Balconette Frameless Glass balustrade is supported by a combination of anodised aluminium base shoe and laminated glass.
For James Letts and his wife Jane it is the ‘freedom of the view’ that they like best about their Balconette Frameless Juliet balcony overlooking their garden at their newbuild home near Market Drayton, Shropshire.
The 1,860mm Frameless Juliet uses Royal Chrome anodised support profiles for its single 21.5mm laminated toughened clear glass panel. It protects first-floor French Doors in their bedroom that has extensive views to the Shropshire countryside and Welsh hills in the far distance.
• Thursday, May 20th, 2021
Glass is often seen as a more unusual option for backyard fencing. Unlike wooden fence panels or brick walls, glass fencing is a modern introduction to our gardens. Here are six of the most common questions people ask when thinking about adding a glass fence to their backyard.
• Wednesday, April 28th, 2021
We’re often asked about the options available for the width of the glass panels on our balustrading. While it’s physically possible to manufacture, transport and install glass at almost any width, we recommend sticking to more conventional panel widths.
How wide can a glass panel be?
The maximum width we supply for glass panels is 1.2 metres. However, we’d normally recommend glass panel widths of around 1.0m.
Fitting one large glass panel or a series of wider panels can feel like a good move. After all, a run of crystal-clear glass, unobscured by posts would give you a clear view of the world beyond and add that elusive wow factor to your build. But is using wider glass panels the only option?
By installing an SG12 Frameless balustrade system or a Hybrid® system with minimal posts, you will get a set-up that’s as seamless as if you’d used a series of wider panels. Unlike systems which are interrupted by regular posts, Balconette’s balustrading options can gives you the option of installing a boundary that consists only of glass panels. There will be small gaps between the panels, that allow for expansion and contraction tolerances but these are barely noticeable with well-maintained, well-installed glass.
Lower replacement costs
No matter how careful you are, accidents can happen. And if they do, a narrower glass panel is your friend. Not only will you have a narrower width to secure while you wait for the replacement panel, but the replacement will be more affordable. There’s another advantage too, because it’s a conventional size, it will be faster to source and deliver replacement panels.
Easier, more cost-effective installation
A single pane of glass at 1.0 metres squared weighs in at 25kg – around the weight of an 8-year-old child. It’s easy enough to lift and manoeuvre into place without difficulty or the need for help. Double that width and you double the weight. Few people can safely lift 50kg alone. Because larger panels weigh more, you’ll need more people to handle, position and install the glass balustrading; increasing the installation costs.
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• Tuesday, January 05th, 2021
This attractive Balconette Frameless Glass Juliet balcony adds the perfect finishing touch to a recently extended detached home in Worcestershire.
• Wednesday, October 28th, 2020
Many self-build and architect-designed properties make use of beautifully large windows to enjoy expansive views and flood rooms with light. How wonderful then if you can open your windows or doors and enjoy the sense of openness that comes with a glass Juliet balcony. Taking very little space and needing no additional planning (although double-check, because different parts of the country have different regulations), a large glass Juliet balcony can set rooms apart, turning them into something extraordinary.
• Wednesday, October 21st, 2020
Whether you are enjoying a garden, terrace or the views from a balcony, it is great to be outdoors – weather permitting. On breezier summer days (or indeed at any other time of the year), glass wind screens patios provide that extra protection from the elements when relaxing in your private outdoor space.
• Wednesday, October 07th, 2020
Thinking of adding a structural glass balustrade to your property? Then as well as major decisions such as configuration and whether you install the structural base channel above or below floor level, there are smaller decisions that affect the way your finished glass balustrade looks. Glass balustrade capping is one of those choices.
• Wednesday, September 23rd, 2020
Despite being a popular choice for architects and interior designers, many people shy away from installing glass balustrades because of safety concerns. Glass has a reputation for being fragile and easy to break, so instead many people opt for wood or metal balustrades.
• Wednesday, September 02nd, 2020
The contemporary, clean lines of Frameless glass Juliet balconies supplied by Balconette perfectly complement the striking exteriors of a new individually designed development in Exeter.