Balustrades made from glass material requires a minimum of 10mm glass and must be rigid, strong, impact resistance and will not bend under pressure, especially in high balconies. Thus, for balustrading plans and designs, it is vital to determine what appropriate materials are allowed for your structure, height as well as the loadings that your installed balustrades are meant to withstand.
If you are considering the installation of glass to employ as balustrades, it pays to investigate how are they applied, tested or calculated and what categories are available for various balustrading techniques and usage. By doing so, you will be able to pick the type that’s perfect for your structural design and style. There is no limitation as to which material can be utilized as balustrade structure, for as long as they are made durable and aptly suitable to the area they are to be applied to i.e. internal or external areas, residential, commercial or public places.
Stainless steel, aluminium and wood have been popular materials usually picked for balustrading structures but proper and regular maintenance becomes an element to take into consideration, especially in today’s fast-paced life. Today, you can find balustrade structures that are made from glass alone and there are also some built with perforated bars or metal panels using glass material as infill panels.
When employing glass as balustrade, builders, designers and installers are obliged to make sure they pick what is designated as safety glass. Heat treated glass are toughened by heat close to 700 degree Celsius then quickly cooled to create a hard-wearing layer on both sides of the glass. This procedure also locks a lot of tension inside the glass which makes it stronger and resistant to impact than regular float glass.
Toughened or heated glass is designed to “break safely” meaning, when they break, they shatter in to small and tiny bits which are less dangerous. There are also limited glass panels manufactured with resin based interlayer that is designed to resist strong impact and prevent it to penetrate the panel when the glass breaks. Moreover, the thickness of glass as well as the type to use generally depends on the area, height, location and size it must protect. For the structural planning, the size of each single pane to be used must be correct in relation to loadings and impact resistance.