When it comes to interior design, glass balustrades are fast becoming a must-have feature. Whether it’s a residential, public or commercial property, glass balustrades are an elegant solution to the very practical problem of keeping people safe. But what’s the best way to firmly secure them in place? At Glass & Stainless, we believe glass clamps are the best solution. There are other options out there, however, so to help you make a decision, we’ve pulled together everything you need to know about glass clamps.
Everything You Need To Know About Glass Clamps
The purpose of glass clamps are to hold the glass panels of a balustrade steadfastly in place. Glass balustrades can be used in a variety of ways inside and outside a property, including on staircases, balconies and around any decked area. Much of their popularity can be put down to the distinct advantages they hold over more traditional wooden or metal balustrades. Primarily, the fact that they don’t restrict the flow of light between two spaces. As a result, the area remains bright and airy rather than hemmed in and claustrophobic.
The transparent nature of glass also means that you can see straight through, making it a particularly suitable option for balconies and decking surround. You don’t have to compromise your property’s view in order to be safe. Installing a glass balustrade outside doesn’t mean loads of maintenance either, as glass is an easy to clean material. All you need is a cloth and some soapy water.
Finally, the glass that is used to create these balustrades is incredibly strong and durable. This isn’t the easily shattered material that you might thinking of from glasses and mirrors. Glass balustrades are created using tempered glass, which has 4 times the strength of standard annealed glass.
Why use glass clamps?
We believe glass clamps are the very best option for securing glass balustrades because they carry a lower level of risk than the alternatives. We would certainly caution against drilling holes directly into the glass itself. With tempered glass, any attempt to drill through will almost certainly result in the pane shattering. The unique heating and cooling process that it undergoes introduces a high level of tension. It is this tension that gives tempered glass its amazing strength. If you do want your glass panel to be cut or drilled in anyway, this must be done prior to the tempering process. This approach relies on your being 100% confident in your measurements as there’s no going back.
Glass clamps on the other hand, do not cause any damage to the glass itself and can be adjusted during the installation process. Fitted correctly, they hold the weight of a glass panel firmly in place and prevent it from sliding or wobbling about.
What do glass clamps look like?
There’ll be a slight variation between different models but generally, glass clamps are composed of two parts. There’s an L-shaped bracket which is screwed into the supporting surface, and then clamp itself. This is rubberised for additional protection and can be bought in a rounded or sharp edged style.
How to fit glass clamps
Glass clamps are relatively simple to install yourself if you follow the manufacturer’s instructions. However, if you would feel more comfortable having a professional handle it, Glass & Stainless are more than happy to assist with installation. Remember, glass balustrades have an important safety role to play as well as looking stunning so it pays to get it right.
When it comes to fitting glass clamps you first need to establish how many you need. This number will vary depending on the size and thickness of the glass but a rough guide is 4 clamps per square metre of glass. In order to ensure that the weight is evenly distributed, the glass clamps should be equally spaced.
Glass panels are available in a wide array of thickness and so there is similar variety available in glass clamp size. It is of the paramount importance that there is a snug and secure fit otherwise the glass may give way under pressure, completely defeating its purpose and posing a real danger. A huge advantage of using glass clamps is that they normally come with adjustable screws that allow you to tighten the fit as needed. Rubber gaskets provide additional leeway as they stretch around the glass without breaking it.
Rather than fighting one glass clamp and tightening it as far as it will go, we recommend that you attach them all and tighten them gradually. This technique ensures that the pressure on the glass remains evenly spread.
That’s pretty much everything you need to know about glass clamps, but if you have any further questions please do get in touch.