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Balustrades | Face Fix | Reveal Fix | Channel Set

Balustrades in Glass or Metal

Make a statement in glass with indoor or outdoor balustrades. You can choose the frameless free standing type sunk into the floor or semi frameless balustrades using pins. Glass balustrades allow for effective flow of light from outdoors to indoor. Glass balustrade has the ability to make indoor and outdoor space feel larger by removing obstacles in your line of sight. You can turn any area that needs a fence or barrier to feel larger by using glass or traditional metal. This is a fancy way to cordon off an area. If glass is to modern for your design and style then go for a metal option. We manufacture stainless steel balustrades and also normal painted mild steel units.

No matter the obstacles between you and the balustrade system of your dreams, we’ll provide you with a solution. We will work with you to design any system to suit your needs, with special attention to the relevant building regulations.

The current SABS requirements are that a balcony balustrade has the following attributes:

  • The top of the railing must be at least 1 meter (1000mm) from the ground.
  • Any opening must not allow a 100mm sphere (i.e. child’s head) to pass through it. The vertical components must not be more than 125mm apart.
  • The gap between the balcony surface and the bottom rail must be no more than 100mm.
  • For balconies with a fall height of more than 4m, there must not be any horizontal or near horizontal elements between 150mm and 760mm above the floor that can facilitate climbing.

Balustrade Installation Options

  • Face Fixed Glass Balustrademethods commonly used to secure balustrade glass are stainless steel spigots which can be cored drill into the fixing substrate to be mounted on the face of a wall or landing. This is commonly used on balconies or on the side of stair cases.
  • Reveal Fix Balustradethis method is used to secure balustrades on top of a landing or floor. The method can entail core drilling to host larger pins or normal drilling to host smaller pins with an epoxy cement. Reveal fixing can also be done on timber.
  • Channel Setas the name suggests, the glass is mounted in an aluminum or steel structural channel. In order for this to be part of a new building the builder on site must allow for the frames to be casted into the new floor or slab. The balustrade can also be mounted directly into the floor base provided the base is of adequate strength and thickness. All channel castings are a simple and cost effective method with crisp clear lines.
  • Fixing Poststhis is a  more traditional look for glass balustrades with nearly full height stainless steel posts and clamps used to support the glass. This is where we core drill into the slab or floor to accommodate the posts. It can be installed with or without a handrail.