Steel and Glass Balustrades

Bromsgrove Steel manufactures bespoke steel and glass balustrade systems for indoor and outdoor use.

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    As specialists in architectural steelwork, we work alongside architects and project managers to create beautifully crafted framed steel and glass balustrades which meet all customer expectations.

    Whilst steel and glass balustrades perform a crucial safety measure for staircases, balconies, and walkways, they do so in a way which complements a space. For outdoor use, glass balconies are a contemporary way to facilitate a great view, whilst they can open up and brighten an internal space such as an office.

    Working within the parameters of each unique space, Bromsgrove Steel creates bespoke balustrade systems which perform a functional duty, whilst also providing an aesthetically pleasing design.

    How thick should a glass balustrade be?

    The thickness of glass for a glass balustrade will vary depending on its structural system. For instance, typically 10mm of toughened glass is sufficient for framed structures, whereas between 15-25 mm of toughened glass could be required for frameless systems or for increased load applications such as public spaces. Glass thickness should be decided upon individual application, since it can be further affected by glass span, usage, and building type.

    Does a steel and glass balustrades need to be laminated?

    Laminated glass features two plies of glass permanently bonded together to increase the strength, protection, and thickness of the glass; due to the structure of laminated glass, it will not break into small, sharp pieces when broken.

    On glass balustrades where a handrail is not used along the top of the structure, the glass must be laminated in order to withstand the load and remain intact should one of the panels fail.

    Is balustrade glass hard to keep clean?

    Balustrade glass is no harder to maintain than window glass. It should be regularly cleaned with warm, soapy water and a cloth. Balustrades used outdoors may face further contamination, which can be removed with a mixture of water, rubbing alcohol, and white vinegar, before rinsing off with warm, soapy water.

    What are the different types of glass balustrade?

    There are a variety of different types of Glass Balustrade, including:

    • Frameless glass balustrades: These balustrades have no visible frame or posts, providing a sleek and minimalist look. They are held in place by a series of stainless steel clamps or channels.
    • Semi-frameless glass balustrades: These balustrades feature a partial frame, typically made of stainless steel or aluminum, which provides additional support and stability to the glass panels.
    • Framed glass balustrades: These balustrades have a visible frame.The frame surrounds the glass panels and provides structural support.
    • Juliet balconies: Also known as "false balconies," these glass balustrades are typically installed on the exterior of windows on upper floors. They provide safety and security while allowing for unobstructed views.
    • Tinted or frosted glass balustrades: These balustrades use glass panels that are tinted or frosted to provide privacy or reduce glare from sunlight.
    • Curved glass balustrades: These balustrades are specially designed to follow curved or spiral staircases, balconies, or other curved architectural features. The glass panels are custom-made to fit the specific curvature.

    At Bromsgrove Steel, we predominantly focus on the installation of framed glass balustrades for a variety of applications and uses. Contact us today to find out more.

    Balustrade Manufacturing

    As steel specialists, Bromsgrove Steel manufactures steel and stainless steel frames for glass balustrades, providing glass infill for a complete product which is ready for installation. We provide a comprehensive in-house manufacturing process, working exclusively with UKCA marked steel, up to execution class 2. Alongside this, we provide stainless steel polishing to ensure our framed glass balustrades are completed to the highest quality.

    Bromsgrove Steel manufactures in consideration of project timescales, fabricating products which facilitate a quick and straightforward construction. We moreover produce standardised and bespoke glass balustrades, accommodating all project needs. Get in touch today to find out more.

    The fully qualified onsite team at Bromsgrove Steel can install our framed glass balustrades, working alongside site personnel to assist construction processes. Our multiple forms of transportation ensure even the most delicate products, such as our glass balustrades, arrive onsite across the UK in immaculate condition.

    Our framed glass balustrades are available for residential and commercial projects across the nation, providing indoor and outdoor barriers for staircases, balconies, flat rooftop spaces, and raised walkways.

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