Guide to Glass


The use of glass is really the current trend for minimalism, but also works well to complement more detailed or intricate fittings and decoration that surrounds the area. Glass is also a useful material for those who wish to give the impression of a larger open space and to allow light to travel more freely around the room. Here's how to find the perfect arrangement for your home:


You may think of glass as delicate, but the particular type of heat-treated glass used in balustrades is exceptionally strong it called toughened glass. Toughened glass cannot be cut after being treated, so it’s important to collect the correct dimensions before ordering. Panels sizes and glass thickness depend on system and environment being fitted in.


The toughened glass panels can be fixed to the handrail, base rail and newel posts using simple but sturdy stainless-steel glass clamps or brackets. These come in two different sizes. If clamps are used, there will be a 20mm gap between the glass and both the underside of the handrail and the top of the base rail, as well as a 20mm gap between each glass panel and the newel post. However, an alternative option is to affix the glass directly into the wood underneath the handrail, at the top of the base rail and in the side of each newel post. This is sometimes known as “inline” glass.


If you choose clamps of brackets to hold your toughened glass panels in place, you may be pleased to know that the edges of the glass have been bevelled to avoid sharp edges as part of its treatment. You can, however, opt for “sharp corner” glass panels. This doesn’t mean that they are dangerous - it’s simply the description of a design that allows the corners of the panels to follow the right-angle created by the newel and handrail - or the newel and base rail - more closely and neatly, coming to a slight point. “Curved corner” glass panels, on the other hand, provide a softer look, with the corners of each section of glass being radiused,

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