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    The Importance Of Engineering On Frameless Glass Balustrades

    2023-04-24 16:15:54  News


    From raised floors to staircases, balconies to mezzanines, terraces to patios, there are plenty of places that benefit from glass balustrades. Made with strong tempered glass, also known as toughened glass, this type of glass panel is very difficult to break.

    Acting as both space dividers and safety barriers, glass balustrades are ideal for separating areas without disrupting views. They’re an essential safety feature where differences in floor levels could cause people to trip or fall, or for filtering large crowds of people into smaller queues.

    Not only can toughened glass balustrades improve safety and organisation, but they also enhance the appearance and design flow of your indoor and outdoor spaces. Modern glass balustrades add an impressive sense of sophistication that also makes them a valuable decorative feature.


    Outoughened and laminated glass balustrades are suitable for indoor or outdoor installation, in both residential and commercial buildings. Whether it’s a shopping mall or events venue, a leisure facility or private residence, glass balustrades make great additions to stairways, balconies, and seating areas alike.

    The best part is that clear glass balustrades don’t compromise light levels or lines of sight. These partitions allow light to spread throughout the space evenly, so it still feels bright and open. Easy to install and even easier to maintain, your home or business is guaranteed to enjoy the versatility, durability, and aesthetic appeal they’ll bring.

    Choose between traditional toughened glass or low-iron toughened glass for an extra-clear look. Whether you want a frameless style with a channel profile or a design with posts and handrails, the choice is completely yours when you order our bespoke glass balustrades.


    Why should I get my frameless glass balustrade engineered you may ask?

    With glass being used more frequently for unobtrusive views and creating open areas for applications such as;

    · High-end residential homes

    · Commercial properties

    · Sporting complexes

    · Shopping centers where high crowd loading is a determining factor of which glass is fit for purpose,

    Engineering is sought foglass balustrades when the current standards for glass do not prescribe a specific application or installation type.

    Engineers take into consideration and calculate factors in a number of critical elements including:

    · Application and method of installation

    · Substrate which the balustrade will be affixed to

    · Wind loading (if external)

    · Cyclonic region

    · Crowd loading (where high levels of human traffic may occur)

    To meet relevant loading requirements Engineers will specify:

    · The total thickness of the glass

    · The overall dimensions

    · The type of glass required, e.g. LaminatedToughened or both

    · The installation details, fixing centers, type of fixings.

    Who’s responsible for obtaining an engineering certificate?

    Well this depends on the situation. The responsibility of obtaining an engineering certification falls into a grey area. Is it the responsibility of the glazier installing the balustrade or is it the builder/owner builders’ responsibility? Whichever way we look at it, the balustrade must comply to current standards. If the current standard does not help in the selection of the glass to be used for the application, then an engineer must be consulted to determine what is suitable.

    What can happen if I don’t seek engineering certification on my frameless glass balustrade?

    In the event of an incident relating to the balustrading, it is good to show a duty of care for your customer. It is always better to be safe than sorry and have a copy of the engineering certificate on file.

    How can Tough Glass help?

    We can help facilitate engineering certification with the below information:

    · Address of the installed glass balustrade

    · Sizes/drawings

    · Fixing method

    · Description of what it will be used for? i.e. Frameless balcony installed on second floor

    What you will receive:

    · Correct thickness needed

    · Quantity & location of fixing points required

    · Suggested and or compulsory size changes (if required)

    · Most importantly an engineering certificate.


    Wallkingdon Glass offers not only one of the broadest selections of architectural, decorative, and specialty glass, but we also offer services that allow our clients to do more with glass. If you want to get high quality glass and the cost effective solutions while keeping quality to highest level, send an email to enquiry@wallkingdonglass.com, we will have the valuable input and creativity of glass design experts to help you.

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