Wondering how to fit a glass balustrade for easy installation? Look no further! We’ve broken the process down into four easy steps:
- Measuring and marking
- Installing the support posts
- Attaching the glass clamps
- Fitting the glass clamps
The installation method will vary slightly depending on your choice of material for the underlying surface For example, metal, wood, brick or concrete.
A few tips before we get started:
- It helps to have a spare pair of hands! There will be points during the installation process in which it will help to have someone hold materials steady and in place or pass you a tool.
- Double check, even triple check your measurements and parts. There is nothing worse than getting stuck into an installation only to realise that something won’t fit or line up, and that you’re going to have to re-order something.
- Whenever lifting heavy materials, such as the glass panels, make sure that you assume the correct stance. That means a straight back and bent knees.
How To Fit A Glass Balustrade For Easy Installation
Step 1: Measuring and Marking
When it comes to fitting a glass balustrade for easy installation, the key is to get this first step. It’s all about the measurements. You’re going to mark out on the floor exactly where each post needs to be affixed so that the glass panels fit between them. You can use a ruler or level to ensure that all the postmarks line up perfectly. If you’re reluctant to mark your floor in any way, simply put down some masking tape and write on that.
Step 2: Installing The Balustrade Posts
Taking each post one at a time, drill the required depth of pilot hole and the correct fixings to fit the post in place.
For a wooden underlying surface, you will need to drill a 6mm pilot hole to a depth of 80mm in the wood for each screw. We would always encourage clients to use stainless steel screws as they do not deteriorate and rust when exposed to water. This is a particular important point to remember if you are installing the balustrade outdoors, perhaps on a balcony or deck. Looking to the long term, using stainless screws will result in less maintenance.
Metal surfaces will also require you to drill a pilot hole, but at a depth of 50mm this time. Again, try and use stainless steel bolts and then stainless steel locking washers to secure it in place. Brick and concrete surfaces will require pilot holes of 80-100mm depth and 10mm wide. We would suggest using stainless steel floor anchor fixings for this floor type.
Hold off on immediately tightening all the fixings as far as possible. We recommend first checking that each post is level with the others by using a spirit level. Simply place it along the top of the posts in the space where the glass will soon rest. Once you are satisfied with your adjustments, you can finish tightening the fixings with a spanner or socket.
Step 3: Attaching The Glass Clamps
Glass clamps are used to secure the glass to the balustrade posts and ensure that the weight is evenly distributed. For safety reasons, glass balustrades are made from toughened glass. This type of glass cannot be drilled once heated during production and so glass clamps are necessary to hold it in place. At Glass & Stainless, we recommend using 4 clamps per square metre of glass, located towards the top and bottom of the posts. Use a spirit level to ensure that all of the glass clamps are perfectly level with each other. Always ensure that you have the right size glass clamps for the thickness of your glass.
Step 4: Fitting The Glass Panels
With the glass clamps in place, you can now carefully slide in your glass between the clamps. Most glass clamps can be slightly adjusted with screws so that the rubber fits snugly around the glass. Only make incremental adjustments so as to avoid over-pressurising the glass. If you’re glass panels are designed to leave gap to the floor, you might need to place some supporting blocks between the posts for the glass to rest on whilst you tighten the panel. Just make sure the supports are equal height.
Do you have more questions about how to fit a glass balustrade for easy installation? Get in touch today to discuss our glass installation service.