What is Glass Balustrading?
- The upper part:
The upper part of the Glass Balustrades is made of with steel rods. These rods are attached to the bearing walls beside the balcony. In case of staircases, there is an open end at the end of the staircase.
- The ‘shoe’ section/ lower part:
In the lower part there is also a steel rod anchored with the two sides of the walls beside the balcony or windows. This is called the shoe part as this part works like shoes. Like the shoes protect our feet, this part also protects the glass balustrades from harm or falling.
- The glass infill:
This is the middle part of the balustrades. In this part, a glass wall is joined with the upper part and shoe part of the balustrade. The two upper and lower parts help the glass panel to be fixed strongly.
Types of Glass Balustrades:
- Glass balustrades on pillar or posts are the one that has pillars or posts to support the glass walls. These balustrades come with steel rods, brackets, bolts and supportive tools which are used to fix the balustrades. These are widely found in staircases and balconies. Also, there are homes where you will find such balustrades in the outer part of the windows. In this type of balustrades, you find three sections as mentioned above.
- Structural glass balustrades are more like cantilevered stairs. They are independent and do not come with any steel rods or support. In this type of balustrades, the glass wall performs two tasks. One is to make the glass wall and the other task is to structure the entire balustrade. Many a place people can find this type of glass balustrades. Though it is said that in structural glass balustrades there is no pillar or posts to support, but many of you can find a rod anchored with the glass wall beside the corridor or staircase. This occurs to save the glass wall from damages. In many cases, people don’t get conscious and can harm the glasses. This rod is attached to the wall so that people can get support while climbing the stairs or walking around the balcony.