How to choose the right Glass Balustrade – Framed or Frameless?

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It’s easy to see why you’d want to install a glass balustrade. Whether it’s for pool fencing, a staircase or a balcony, a glass balustrade instantly adds elegance and class.

But, aside from its stylish look, a glass balustrade is also very functional and practical. For a pool area, it gives you the security you need without blocking any views. Same goes for a glass balustrade balcony. You can sit back, even lie back, and not lose your million-dollar view. 

There are plenty of products on the market, however, not all glass balustrades are the same. If you stumble across a cheap option, find out where the glass was made. Over the last few years, there have been several sub-quality glass balustrades installed using inferior imported products. Some of these glass balustrades have even spontaneously exploded.  

So, once you’ve selected a reputable supplier, the next question is… framed, semi-frameless or frameless? Let’s look at the benefits of each and find the perfect fit for your property. 

Choosing a Glass Balustrade

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Frameless Glass Balustrade

Frameless glass balustrades are an extremely popular choice for pool fencing. The panels are super thick and super strong, fully compliant with council fence regulations and offer a completely unobstructed view – making it easier to keep an eye on the kids. A frameless glass balustrade can also give you the feeling of more space outdoors. 

Semi-frameless Glass Balustrade

Also, a popular choice for pool fencing, a semi-frameless glass balustrade allows you to add design features that complement the style of your home. Whether you choose a bold coloured frame or a stainless steel finish, it’ll add to the aesthetic appeal of your home. Semi-frameless balustrades are also widely used for balconies and staircases.

Framed Glass Balustrade

From apartment complexes to commercial buildings, framed glass balustrades are a popular choice. Not only are they extremely safe, they also give you a number of design options – you can frame your glass balustrade in aluminium, stainless steel or timber. Even with a full frame, your glass balustrade will still allow you to soak up the views.

Where to install a Glass Balustrade

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Pool Fencing

As we all know, there are strict laws around fencing and pools. A glass balustrade fence from Action Glass and Aluminium not only complies with all regulations, it’ll create minimal disturbance to the appeal and aesthetics of your outdoor space.  

Balcony

There are a few key things to consider when installing a balcony – the look, safety and durability. While we’ve already spoken about the look and safety aspect, durability is something you need to strongly consider. A glass balustrade, whether it’s frameless or framed in aluminium or stainless steel won’t rust when exposed to the elements. Unlike a full timber balustrade, it also won’t weather over time. 

Staircases

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A beautiful staircase should be complemented with a stunning glass balustrade. Not only does the glass allow you to admire the staircase, it also helps to open up the entire home. Whether you want to install a spiral, ramp or floating staircase, you should consider an accompanying custom glass balustrade. 

Glass Balustrading Compliance and Regulations

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As mentioned, some people have been caught out buying poor quality glass balustrades which don’t meet Australian Standards. For those people, it has been a costly, and in some cases dangerous, exercise. Do your research and ensure all the materials, including glass, frame and spigots are compliant with Australian Standards and the Building Code of Australia (BCA) and also have NATA test certificates. Choose the right supplier and you can rest knowing that your home is safe and will stay looking great for years to come.

It’s also important to choose a supplier who can help you with any council regulations. Whether you’re installing a glass balustrade in a residential home, commercial business or a multi-million dollar apartment complex, there will be strict guidelines you need to follow.     

If you need help deciding on which glass balustrade is right for your area, contact Action Glass and Aluminium. We’ve been supplying Perth residents and businesses with glazing for over 50 years.  All our glass and aluminium framing is manufactured in Perth and is fully compliant with Australian Standards and BCA.

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