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• Monday, June 18th, 2018

Rust on Stainless SteelHarsh Environments

We know that our systems are well known for their suitability to harsh environments. It is for this reason we must make sure that the colours and options we offer you the customer must be fully suited to stand up to the harshest of conditions and do what we say they do on the tin.


• Monday, March 05th, 2018

wrought iron railingsTo the uninitiated, metal is metal but there are many different types of metals, all of which can add their own style and feel to a finished product. Metal is a common part of the home and surrounding areas and over the centuries, one of the most common features of a home or building has been the railings surrounding it. Metal railings have a combined role in the surroundings of a home, providing an added level of security in addition to looking good. There have been many different types of metal used for metal railings throughout the years and the following are some of the most popular.


• Monday, February 26th, 2018

UK Regulations

glass balustrades fittings

There is some confusion regarding the requirement for a handrail on glass balustrades and glass railings and in order to ascertain this matter we need to get the answer to the following question: What are the legal or regulatory requirements in respect of handrails on glass balustrades? Are there criteria that allow glass barriers to have no handrail on top?


• 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.


• 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.


• Sunday, March 14th, 2010

In April we are launching our new construction industry magazine, Balcony Views.

Innovations, information and design concepts

Balcony Views magazine is launched with a print run of 25,000 as an effective way of communicating ideas, innovations, practical information and design concepts to architects, contractors, developers and self builders.

Balcony views magazine »

• Wednesday, March 10th, 2010

The subject of self cleaning glass is a very interesting topic, one that is very much a potent sales issue in particular in the private glazing sector. It is also a confusing subject in the market with many different products and companies. Balcony’s Managing Director, Effi Wolff,  has just written a new article for their April issue of Balcony Views magzine –

The dream and the truth:

The facts about zero cleaning glass »

• Thursday, March 04th, 2010

When self-builder Mike Murray planned his house on the Devonshire coast he was determined to do as much as possible himself. He spent three and a half years working on it, getting every detail perfect:

Installing balustrades on natural stone »

• Tuesday, January 26th, 2010

What pressures or “loads” do railings and balustrades need to withstand and how are these applied, tested or calculated?

Balustrades and railings are put in place with the basic purpose to protect users of buildings, and other areas, mainly from the danger of falling. In order for the railings to do this they must be designed and built not only to resist pressure on them but also impact.

Railings and balustrades pressures and loads »

• Monday, January 11th, 2010

There is much confusion and many rumors running around regarding the correct type of glass allowed on balconies and balustrades.

This stems from two reasons; the first being lack of understanding of the required standards and the second a vested interest in sending customers towards a specific product.

Type of glass allowed on balconies »