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Glass Balustrade

Product Description

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 the space. Modern glass balustrades add an impressive sense of sophistication that also makes them a valuable decorative feature.

TOUGHENED GLASS BALUSTRADES

Our toughened 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.

CUSTOM GLASS BALUSTRADES

We’re proud to manufacture custom glass balustrades for a wide range of applications at Express Toughening. Available in several thicknesses from 10mm to 20.8mm, choosing your finish and shape is simple with our online ordering tool below.

All you have to do is follow the selection steps, provide the measurements you require, and add the product to your basket. We offer extra services so you can tailor your order exactly how you want it, from drilled holes and cut-outs to dubbed corners and polymer coatings.

You’ll also have the opportunity to upload diagrams of your glass balustrade specifications, if you have any relevant documents to share. Once you’re happy with your selections, proceed to the checkout to complete your order, where we’ll calculate shipping costs.

ORDER GLASS BALUSTRADES ONLINE

We’re happy to help you make a trendy and practical statement, defining boundaries and taking a modern twist on safety railings with our transparent glass balustrades. Please ensure that your chosen balustrades and installation methods comply with UK building regulations before you place your order, as this is the customer’s responsibility.

You can also click below to view our technical drawings for examples of popular glass balustrade systems. If you can’t find what you’re looking for or have any questions, give the Express Toughening team a call on 020 8500 1188. We’ll gladly provide assistance and more information.

Don’t forget to browse our selection of fittings and accessories for any hardware you’ll need to complete your design. We supply a range of channels, brackets, posts, seals, and more that you can use to install your toughened glass balustrades securely.

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£70.40£258.50

  • Express Delivery available on this product.
  • This product is manufactured in the UK.
  • Toughened Glass.
  • Polished edges included.

Disclaimer: It is the responsibility of the customer to investigate if planning permissions are required, ensuring all projects are completed to British Standards BS 6399-1:1996 and BS 6180:2011 – expresstoughening.com are not responsible for any building regulation requirements, this shall be up to the client to ensure safety precautions have been met accordingly.

Please Select The Style Below

Clear Toughened Glass
Toughened Low Iron Glass (extra clear)
Clear Toughened Laminate Glass
Toughened Frosted Satin Glass
Toughened Grey Tinted Glass
Toughened Bronze Tinted Glass

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  • Cut Outs

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    Cut outs should not be smaller than the thickness of the glass, or closer to the edge than 2.5 times the thickness of the glass, or larger than 30% of overall glass size. A customer service representative will contact you regarding your exact requirements if needed. Please upload any drawings if possible. Please upload any drawings below if possible.

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    Any polished notch will have an internal radius of at least 14mm. Non polished notches will be approximately 7mm internal radius. A customer service representative will contact you regarding your exact requirements if needed. Please upload any drawings below if possible.

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    Any drilled holes must be the same size or greater than the thickness of your glass selected. (For example 10mm glass can only have a hole of 10mm in diameter or greater). Drilled holes must be within reasonable distance from edge of the glass or other holes / cut-outs to prevent breaking when toughened. A customer service representative will contact you regarding your exact requirements if needed. Please upload any drawings below if possible.

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  • Polymer coating protects glass with a barrier that repels water, soil, stains, soap scum, rust and hard water mineral deposits.

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INSTALLATION

Need help designing, templating, or installing your ideal glass balustrade system? Speak to one of our recommended partners listed below for direct assistance.

As reputable suppliers of high-quality glass balustrades in the UK, we only partner with reliable affiliates, who will work closely with you in person to measure and fit your balustrade system.

Simply enquire about their site survey, template, and installation services to receive a free no-obligation quote for fitting our glass balustrades for you.

The Splashback Co.
Splashbacks | Mirrors | Balustrades
T: 020 7965 7492
W: www.splashbacksco.com

JS Glass Ltd.
Shower Screens | Balustrades
M: 07540 156 877
W: www.jsglass.co.uk

If you would prefer to install your Express Toughening balustrades yourself, you can find a range of glass balustrade fittings for sale on our website, including:

Our glass clamps are available in square, rounded, and circular shapes, with either a polished or brushed satin finish – allowing you to customise the final look of your balustrade system.

Additional information

Style

Clear Toughened Glass, Toughened Low Iron Glass (extra clear), Clear Toughened Laminate Glass, Toughened Frosted Satin Glass, Toughened Grey Tinted Glass, Toughened Bronze Tinted Glass

Shape

Parallelogram, Rectangle, Left Hand Rake, Right Hand Rake

Thickness

4mm, 6mm, 8mm, 10mm, 10.8mm, 12mm, 12.8mm, 15mm, 16.8mm, 19mm, 20.8mm

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Frequently Asked Questions

See our most frequently asked questions below.

How thick should glass balustrades be?

The minimum thickness for a glass balustrade depends on the type of glass and finish, as well as where you’ll be installing it. Frameless glass balustrades should be at least 10mm thick, which is why we provide clear toughened glass in this thickness, as well as clear toughened laminated glass in 16.8mm and 20.8mm for extra strength.

Standard toughened glass is generally only available at 10mm thick and above, so this is the thinnest your glass balustrade can be if it has posts and handrails. Our frosted satin glass balustrades and tinted glass balustrades (grey or bronze) are only available in this thickness, so they may not be suitable for a frameless balustrade system.

To meet the British and European safety standards for glass balustrades, glass panels must be certain thicknesses and withstand certain loads under standardised impact tests. There are different classes based on minimum glass thickness and minimum impact load, which are explained in BS EN 12600:2002.

It’s recommended for glass panels to be no less than 10mm thick when used as a framed balustrade with a handrail. If you want a frameless balustrade, much thicker glass is recommended – it’s better to opt for laminated glass in this case, which features two panels of toughened glass sealed together with an interlayer to make it extra robust.

You can find more information about the minimum requirements for glass balustrade safety in the UK Building Regulations, which explain how high and wide a glass balustrade must also be in a particular situation to comply with the law.

For example, balustrades around seating areas in the UK must be at least 800mm tall (only 530mm if the seating is fixed in place), increasing to 900mm for stairs and ramps and to 1100mm for balconies. Additionally, to reduce or eliminate the risk of anyone getting stuck in gaps between balustrades or fixtures, it must not be possible for a 100mm sphere to pass through any openings.

As the buyer of the product, it is your responsibility to make sure that the glass panels and fittings that you order and the installation method you use comply with all the relevant standards and regulations. Please consult your local Building Control office for advice on your planned application first if you are unsure.

Where can glass balustrades be installed?

Like any type of protective or partitioning system, there are many applications for glass balustrades – including indoor and outdoor, residential and commercial, and more. Here are some of the places you could install glass balustrades:

  • Staircases and landings
  • Mezzanine floors
  • Walkways and bridges
  • Terraces and patios
  • Swimming pools and jacuzzi decks
  • Balconies (including rooftop and Juliet balconies)
  • Areas for waiting, dining, viewing etc

These can be found in homes, offices, shops, and public buildings such as schools and hospitals, amongst many other settings. They can be used to divide open spaces safely without making them feel smaller and darker, or to provide a safety barrier for changing floor levels.

However, if you’re using glass balustrades at the edge of stairs, landings or floor edges, or balconies, then you must be sure that your railing system complies with building regulations for health and safety. These specify minimum height levels where there are differences in floor levels.

More information can be found in Approved Document K, which covers protection from falls, collisions, and impacts. Generally, a balustrade is mandatory where there is a change in floor level of more than two stair risers, or 600mm – for example:

  • Stairs and ramps
  • Balconies and galleries
  • Roofs and terraces
  • Light wells or sunken areas

When you’re using glass balustrades as barriers to protect against falls, make sure that the glass panels you order are the appropriate thickness with the minimum load resistance required by British/European safety standards.

Should glass balustrades have a handrail?

BS 6180:2011 states that a continuous handrail should always be used for balustrades unless they’re made of toughened laminated glass. This means it isn’t a legal requirement for glass balustrades to have a handrail, as long as the glass is strong enough to remain ‘in situ’ on its own.

Since toughened laminated glass has an extra layer in the middle that holds the pane together even if it cracks or shatters, it doesn’t need a secondary barrier. However, standard toughened glass is likely to need a secure frame and handrail to keep the panels in place.

That said, you need to make sure that any frameless glass balustrades without handrails can take the appropriate line load for it to be safe.

As per the disclaimer on this product page, it’s the responsibility of the customer and not Express Toughening to comply with all standards and regulations, including BS 6180:2011 and BS 6399-1:1996. Approved Document K of the Building Regulations 2010 also specifies when and how handrails should be installed along stairs and ramps.

We stock a range of glass balustrade fittings on our website, including glass balustrade posts and frameless glass balustrade profiles, so you should be able to find everything you need for safe and stable installation. Should you require more information, give us call or send us a message.

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