Glass Coating

• Monday, September 10th, 2018

The Future is Here

Self Cleaning Glass WindowsSeeing the sun stream through your windows is one of the best ways to start your day. Unless of course your glass isn’t looking its best. Watermarks, dust and grime really show up in the sunshine. Instead of enjoying your day, you end up calling a window cleaner or getting out the ladder and cleaning the windows yourself.

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• Monday, March 19th, 2018

Untapped Opportunity

Photovoltaic PanelsThe greatest source of free energy that exists on our earth is the power of the sun. Many countries harness that power and use it to their benefit.

Other countries do not have the means or the monetary resources to undertake a capital investment into the technology, for example, many African countries are in this category where the sun shines continually during the day light hours.

Unfortunately, and for many reasons, much of this free energy is currently discarded and we continually burn fossil fuel to heat and light our homes and power our electrical appliances.

There is nothing new about this and PV panels are more and more accessible and are becoming more popular than ever. But a large percentage of PV panels used are additions used solely for this purpose. Meaning they are not integrated into a product which would use glass anyhow.

Large expansive areas of glass on balustrading, balconies and roof terraces can be a valuable source of solar energy if they could be used to house solar panels.

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• Monday, March 12th, 2018

Coastal Equals Corrosive

Rust on FixingsCoastline homes and apartments with sea views are the most expensive properties around. The intriguing lure of the ocean and seas have a special effect on us human beings.

Full height glass doors and windows are one way to enjoy this view but an external balcony overlooking the sea has been since the time of ancient Rome and Greece a pleasant amenity to enjoy life.

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• Monday, October 30th, 2017

self cleaning glassIsn’t it a dream come true, glass that cleans itself? No more dust, grime, calcium deposits and dirt to ruin the views?

One of the most tedious tasks in life is maintenance and cleaning. Just the words “self cleaning” will sell almost anything. It is an obvious requirement and will always fetch more money. But does it work? And is it worth the extra expense?

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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

Frameless Glass BalconyAs with all journeys there’s a simple order in which things need to happen to ensure you end up smiling – enjoying and having friends and family say “WOW”, when it’s all finished. There’s a saying that is used by some trades people “measure twice and cut once” which could be applied to this journey, which is make sure you’ve had all your questions answered at each step before moving to the next step.

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• Sunday, July 16th, 2017

terrace glass balustradeYour Juliet balcony, glass balustrade or curved doors will not only get noticed, generating compliments from friends and family when first installed, but will continue to do so for many years to come. What you purchase in terms of any coatings on the glass will impact the amount of work needed to maintain that new look, but more on that later.

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• Friday, March 14th, 2014

Stylish balustrades from Balcony Systems enhance eco-homes.

Glass balustradesStylish clear glass balustrades from Balcony Systems were chosen by developer IE Developments to complement the contemporary design of their award-winning new ‘eco’ development on the Herefordshire/ Worcestershire border.

External balconies off the bedrooms of five detached homes at St Katherine’s Field, Cradley use the Balcony 2 system featuring Balcony’s proprietary Royal Chrome anodised handrail.

Glass balustradesLocated near the Malvern Hills, the high-specification properties incorporate the latest low-maintenance materials and energy-saving measures, from triple glazed windows to an intelligent heating and solar system. The development recently won the Housebuilder category of the Worcester Bosch Environment 2020 Awards 2013.

According to IE Developments Managing Director Tim Evans, the simplicity, cost-effectiveness and cleanliness of Balcony’s design were key factors in their balustrading specification. The developer has a long-standing working relationship with Balcony Systems and used their products on previous projects.

Glass balustradesTim said: “The Balcony balustrading is well-designed, so easy to install and looks very good. It has the ‘less is more’ appearance, which we like and, of course, the need for minimal posts keeps uninterrupted clear views to the outside.”

He added: “The low-maintenance aspects of Balcony’s system means no painting or repairs are required over the balustrading’s lifetime, which fits in with our philosophy to deliver quality homes for discerning purchasers that offer the ability to ‘lock and go’ with confidence. We will be using Balcony Systems’ products again on our next apartment scheme in Malvern.”

Glass balustradesBalcony Systems is a specialist in sophisticated glass and aluminium balustrading solutions and stunning curved patio doors, supplying straight or curved external and Juliet balconies to exact client specifications.

From a single balustrade to multi-apartment developments, the company works with architects, designers, developers and specifiers to deliver the most cost-effective, stylish and durable balustrade solution.

• Sunday, January 19th, 2014

Glass Balustrade makes ‘unbelievable difference’ to holiday home.

Have you ever wished you had installed the right product, at the right price, to do the right job in the first place? Alistair Mackenzie’s balustrading experience at his recently-built luxury holiday home on the exposed West Highland coast in Scotland illustrates why Balcony Systems’ products are designed to perform – even in the most extreme locations.

The Wire Balustrade System was not fit for the coastal environment

Frustrated by the poor performance of his original wire balustrading that went rusty after just a few months, Alistair replaced it with a clear glass balustrade from Balcony Systems. And now he’s delighted!

“The wire system was a complete disaster; it went rusty after four months and would not have been safe on a rental property. So I had to rip it out,” explained Alistair, an IT company director from Glasgow. “Then I found Balcony Systems and having installed their six metre by three metre glass balcony balustrade, the difference was unbelievable!

The Glass Balustrade that makes the difference

“I wish I had chosen Balcony and its glass system in the first place as I would have had all sorts of problems with a wire balustrade. Not only would I have saved hundreds of pounds initially, but the wire would have blocked the amazing views from the master bedroom.”

Completed to a high specification in November 2011, the Ardmair Bay House near Ullapool sleeps up to eight and boasts stunning views looking across to the spectacular Mountain of Ben Mor Coigach and the Isle of Martin.

The right choice of glass coating

Wisely, Alistair also specified Balcony’s BalcoNano® self-cleaning glass coating that transforms ordinary glass into self-cleaning glass, saying: “The coating was a key part of the specification. Being in a coastal location with lots of sea salt in the air, any deposits come off really easily. The coating really protects the glass and it only takes a wipe with a wet cloth to keep it sparkling. Of course, the rain helps too.”

The balustrade, using Balcony’s proprietary Shiny Chrome handrail, was installed efficiently in one day by Simon Elms of Elmswood (Scotland) Ltd, an Aberdeen-based Balcony-Registered Installer, who Alistair is happy to recommend.

“He was really quick and did a great job – the new balcony fitted onto the existing decking perfectly. Nothing was too much trouble, plus he also enjoyed seeing two Golden Eagles soaring above while he was installing it. Balcony’s service and delivery to Aberdeen was 100% too,” said Alistair.

Standing the test of time and the elements

Mr. Mackenzie adds “Two years on and the Balcony balustrade still looks great; it also proved its sturdiness in the recent 2013/14 winter storms. I would definitely recommend the company and its products.”

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Simon the installer commented: “The glass balcony really does justice to Alistair’s house, which is in a fantastic location. The beauty of Balcony Systems’ products is that they are very easy to install and really work well.”

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• Sunday, July 25th, 2010

PLEASE NOTE THIS OFFER HAS NOW EXPIRED

We have again lifted the industry standards with our latest evolution of self cleaning glass coating.

We have announced that for a promotional period – ALL of our standard juliet balconies that we keep in stock,  28 different models, will from now be supplied with our unique self cleaning glass coating at NO extra cost.

This coating is a unique hydrophobic totally clear coating that makes the glass super smooth, scratch resistant and adds brilliance. The coating is applied to BOTH sides of the glass and so helps the cleaning inside as well as out!

Environment friendly

This coating is truly eco-friendly. In a manner of speaking, water and rain does the cleaning for you, so it’s more hygienic and with fewer bacteria there’s less need for harsh chemical cleaners – which is kind to the environment and to the customers pocket.

While the coating dramatically reduce the cleaning requirements of treated surfaces, just like high quality Teflon® – coated cooking pans – some cleaning and maintenance is required to ensure on-going performance.

Self cleaning glass now for free

We have identified this as a very important requirement by our clients and have decided that on the standard Juliets we will give this added benefit for free. This special self clean glass coating is also available for all of our other products, namely glass railings, glass balustrades, curved glass doors and curved sliding doors.

Read more technical information on the self cleaning glass coating.

We expect this promotion to run till the end of October 2010.