As architectural trends evolve, so too do the materials used in construction. Glass balustrades have become a popular choice for both residential and commercial projects due to their sleek and modern aesthetic, as well as their practical advantages. F.H. Brundle, a leading supplier of handrailing and balustrades, offers a wide range of glass balustrade systems to cater to the growing demand for these versatile and stylish structures. In this article, we will explore the benefits of glass balustrades from F.H. Brundle and discuss the various systems and options available.
The Appeal of Glass Balustrades
Glass balustrades represent the current architectural style, characterized by clean lines, sharp angles, and bright aesthetics. They can seamlessly blend with a variety of design styles, from traditional to contemporary. Their transparent nature allows for unobstructed views and the illusion of more space, making areas appear larger than they really are.
Durability and Strength
Modern manufacturing techniques have made it possible to produce glass that is not only visually appealing but also strong and durable. Glass balustrades are typically made from tempered or laminated glass, which can withstand considerable force and resist breakage. Moreover, they are resistant to corrosion and can maintain their appearance for many years with minimal maintenance.
Safety and Security
In addition to their strength and durability, glass balustrades provide a safe and secure barrier for elevated spaces, such as balconies, staircases, and terraces. The use of high-quality glass and fittings ensures that the balustrades can support the required loads and comply with safety regulations.
Glass balustrades are relatively easy to clean and maintain. They can be quickly wiped down with a glass cleaner and a soft cloth to remove dirt and smudges, maintaining their pristine appearance with minimal effort.
F.H. Brundle’s Glass Balustrade Systems
F.H. Brundle offers an extensive range of glass balustrade systems, each with its unique features and benefits. Here, we will discuss some of the most popular options available.
F.H. Brundle provides a selection of pre-assembled round or square profile posts with glass clamps, which can be used with or without a handrail. These cost-effective and flexible solutions can be quickly installed with bolt-down, concrete-in, or side-fix options. Standard glass panels in various sizes and thicknesses are available from stock, with bespoke options to order.
Spigots are a simple way to achieve an open glass balustrade with minimal visual obstruction. They are quick to install and available in round, square, Duplex 2205, or PCC matt black options. Glass panels in various thicknesses and widths can be supplied from stock or custom-ordered.
Glass Stand-Off Adaptors
Glass stand-off adaptors allow for the creation of a glass balustrade with invisible adaptors from the inside. These are suitable for glass thicknesses up to 25.5mm, and bespoke glass with pre-drilled holes can be ordered.
Frameless Glass Balustrades
Frameless glass balustrades provide clean lines and unobstructed views with simple installation. F.H. Brundle offers several frameless systems, such as:
The PanelGrip® system enables the easy fabrication of a structural glass railing system with a significant reduction in labour. It can be used with 15 to 21.5mm tempered monolithic or tempered laminated glass, and the mill/raw channel can be clad in a satin or mirror polish finish.
The Wedge-Loc™ system is available in satin anodized or mill/raw finish, offering easy installation with pre-drilled channel fixing holes. This system has been BSI-approved, ensuring its safety and quality.
The innovative Posi-Glaze system is an aluminium channel system that holds glass panels in place and allows for easy adjustments, saving time and money. It is available in a satin anodized finish or PPC coated black.
Fortitude Contemporary Panels
Fortitude contemporary panels offer style and sophistication without compromising the views. These panels can be installed with a simple slide technology and fixed to fascias using side fix posts and fascia brackets. The panels are available in three different finishes: black gloss RAL 9005, black sand, and a mill finish option which can be powder coated to a colour of your choice. These panels are suitable for 8mm glass and provide superior performance in strength and safety.
Customization with Liveconfigurator™ Tool
F.H. Brundle’s Liveconfigurator™ tool allows customers to design and configure glass balustrades tailored to their specific requirements. This tool provides free CAD drawings and a detailed quote, helping customers visualize and accurately plan their projects.
Load Tables for Balustrades
F.H. Brundle provides load tables for their balustrades to ensure that the chosen system meets the necessary safety requirements and load-bearing capacities.
The aluminium glass balustrade channel can be finished with F.H. Brundle’s Pro-Railing split tube fittings, which can be shaped to match the installation requirements, producing stunning results consistently.
Cleaning and Maintenance
As mentioned earlier, glass balustrades require minimal maintenance to keep them looking pristine. Regularly wiping them down with a glass cleaner and a soft cloth will help maintain their appearance.
Glass balustrades from F.H. Brundle can be used in a wide range of applications, including decking, patios, balconies, staircases, and terraces. Their versatile design ensures that they can complement various architectural styles, adding value and appeal to any space.
Glass balustrades from F.H. Brundle offer a modern, sleek, and durable solution for both residential and commercial projects. With a wide range of systems and customisation options, customers can achieve the perfect balustrade for their specific needs. The benefits of glass balustrades are numerous, from their aesthetic value to their strength, safety, and ease of maintenance. By choosing an F.H. Brundle glass balustrade, you can be assured of a high-quality, stylish, and long-lasting addition to your property.