• 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.
• 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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• 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, August 19th, 2020
Whether you’re a year-round swimmer or a warm-weather dipper-inner, keeping your outside pool or hot-tub at its best and safest is an ongoing commitment. Investing in quality pool fencing gives you peace of mind but can detract from the beauty of your pool and garden. Install pool glass fencing however, and you’ll avoid many of the problems associated with other pool enclosures.
• Tuesday, February 04th, 2020
“Balconette’s advice for our balustrade worked really well for us”
When your new glass balcony is positioned to make the most of the sun, it pays to heed the advice of a trusted balustrading supplier like Balconette.
• Saturday, January 04th, 2020
“The views are to die for; that’s why we chose glass balconies”
Far-reaching countryside vistas don’t come much better than this. That’s why Steve Procter installed glass balconies and frameless balustrading from Balconette to keep the views from his elevated Yorkshire home.
• Tuesday, December 18th, 2018
Three Ways Glass Fencing Can Enhance your Home and Garden
With slick designer looks and an enviable view of the world beyond, have you thought about adding glass fencing to your home? From traditional handrail glass fence panels to barely-there frameless designs, glass fencing complements a broad range of architectural style.
• Thursday, September 13th, 2018
Six Important Points to Always Check When Purchasing Glass Balustrades
Here at Balconette we have too often had to replace balustrading products supplied by others which were not fit for purpose or compliant with building regulations. Regardless of whether you choose to purchase from us or not, we want to give you some important tips and pointers to use as a checklist when sourcing and purchasing a balustrading system for your home or development project.