A glass balustrade is a perfect addition to your balcony, staircase, patio or any area where you need a barrier between two levels.
There are several important factors to think about when choosing a glass balustrade.
In this blog, we outline seven key considerations to help you choose the right glass balustrade for your needs.
1. Where is the glass balustrade going?
The location of the balustrade impacts the type and style you should choose. For example, an outdoor balustrade will require a more durable and weather-resistant glass type than an indoor one.
If you’ve got kids or pets, you might also need to think about using tougher glass for your balustrade.
You must also be aware of UK building regulations that state balustrades without a handrail and protecting against falls (drop height over 600mm) must use toughened laminated glass.
2. How much space do you have to work with?
The available space will influence the type of balustrade you can opt for. A frameless balustrade can be an excellent choice for smaller areas as it takes up less visual space and allows natural light to flow better.
3. What style balustrade do you want?
There are two primary types of glass balustrades:
- Framed balustrade
- Frameless balustrade
A framed balustrade provides a more traditional look and can be sturdier. On the other hand, a frameless balustrade offers a sleek and modern appearance.
4. What type of glass do you want for your balustrade?
There are different types of glass available for balustrades, each with its own benefits.
- Toughened glass is durable and shatter-resistant.
- Low iron toughened glass is an excellent option if you’re looking for crystal-clear transparency.
- Toughened laminated glass provides added safety features and is ideal for areas where safety is a primary concern.
- Frosted glass can offer privacy and a unique design feature.
5. How easy will it be to maintain and clean?
Some glass balustrades require more maintenance than others. For instance, a frameless balustrade may be easier to clean as it’s just the glass that needs maintenance.
For more info about cleaning and maintenance, check out our article ‘What’s the best way to keep your glass balustrade clean?’
6. What purpose will the balustrade serve?
Consider what role the balustrade will play. Is it primarily to protect from falls, or is it more of a design feature? This can influence what type of glass you should choose.
7. What type of fittings are you going to choose?
The fittings you choose can make a big difference to the overall appearance of the balustrade. Ensure you choose fittings that complement the surrounding design and match your style preference.
Take your time and select the best balustrade for your project
Choosing the right glass balustrade requires careful consideration. At The Glass Warehouse, we offer a range of high-quality balustrade glass to suit different projects and styles, as well as a bespoke glass balustrade system builder to guide you through every step.
By taking these seven factors into account, you can make an informed decision and choose a balustrade that meets your needs and exceeds your expectations. For any further questions, and to speak to one of our glass balustrade experts, contact us today.