How To Install A Stainless Steel Wire Balustrade

Stainless steel wire balustrades are an incredibly elegant yet simple alternative to a traditional panel balustrade. Like glass, it offers you brilliant unobstructed views of the world beyond your balcony or decking, whilst still performing a vital safety function. Available in both horizontal and vertical formats, a stainless steel wire balustrade can suit a wide variety of architectural styles. If you’re wondering how to install a stainless steel wire balustrade, look no further. Outlined below are our top tips for an easy installation.

Why choose a stainless steel wire balustrade system?

A handful of stainless steel wires weigh significantly less than a solid panel of glass, acrylic, metal etc. The reduced weight means that the supporting posts and handrails can be further slimmed down, opening up your view and creating a more minimalist effect.

For the balustrade posts themselves, wood, metal and brick are commonly used. Wood is a common choice for balustrades protecting decking as it is generally quite easy to get a match, creating a more seamless transition between balustrade and deck. It is also a particularly easy material to drill.

Metal, meanwhile, can provide a delightful contrast and lend the area a more industrial edge. We would recommend using stainless steel. It is a hardy and long-lasting material that can withstand awful weather and difficult environments, e.g. inner-city pollution. It simply requires an occasional wipe down with soapy water.

When considering installing a stainless steel wire balustrade it is important that you think about safety. This is particularly important if the decking is significantly raised and presents a fall hazard, or if the balustrade is being installed on a balcony. In the latter instance, we would also recommend that you choose to use vertical wires instead of the more common horizontal. This is because horizontal wires can be easily used as a ladder by vulnerable children.

Furthermore, you should double check whether local building regulations state a maximum distance between each wire. At Glass and Stainless, we are more than willing to advise you on this.

How to install a stainless steel wire balustrade

The first stage in installing a stainless steel wire balustrade is to assemble the frame, including both the end and intermediary posts. Follow the supplier’s instructions on how to go about this.

With the frame in place, you can move onto the wires. Before you begin, double check that you have the right tools and all the necessary materials and fittings. There’s nothing worse than getting halfway through a DIY and having to stop and order some crucial missing part.

As part of a stainless steel wire balustrade system, the wires are inserted into sockets which are in turn affixed to the end posts. These sockets need to be screwed into the posts at an even height to ensure that the wire remains level. To help with this, we would suggest that you take a thin plank of wood and draw the correctly spaced drill guide points onto it. Set it flush against the post and then drill through the wood and into the post. You can then reuse that plank on all the other posts to get identically placed holes.

Once the sockets are in place, insert one end of the wire into a socket. Don’t fully tighten it as you may still need to tighten the wire. Taking the other end of the wire, thread it through all the holes in the intermediary posts and then insert it into the socket on the opposite  end post. You may need to use wire cutters to cut it down to the correct size. When you’re tightening the wire to finish it off, make sure you do it incrementally.

If you are still unsure about how to install a stainless steel wire balustrade, feel free to get in touch and discuss your concerns with us. There are also some great videos on YouTube that might help you!

Glass and Stainless can design, create and install your stainless steel wire balustrade system. Contact us today to discuss your requirements.

How To Fit Glass Clamps

Glass balustrade systems are incredibly popular right now. More and more people want to take advantage of the excellent views they provide, both internally and externally. For traditionally dark and quite enclosed spaces like staircases, a glass balustrade can truly help open up the space and allow in an abundance of light. Glass balustrades are made from toughened glass which is incredibly strong and perfectly safe for use in the home. If you’re keen to install your own glass balustrade, here are our tips on how to fit glass clamps.

Choosing How To Secure Your Glass Panels

When it comes to installing glass balustrades, you’ll need to make a decision on how to affix your glass panels to the support. You have two main options- a channel or posts. For a frameless glass balustrade effect, the glass panels can be held in place by a metal channel inlaid in your floor. This option can take a little more time and skill as you’ll need to cut into your current flooring. On the upside however, you are rewarded with an uninterrupted expanse of glass through which you can admire the view.

Alternatively, the glass panels can be supported in place by glass clamps attached to balustrade posts. The posts themselves needn’t be bulky or unattractive. You could choose a slim and unobtrusive design made from stainless steel, timber, marble or stone. All of these materials sit well with stainless steel glass clamps. Timber balustrade posts are slightly unusual in that they are soft enough for the glass clamps to be screwed straight into. For metal and stone balustrade posts you will need to break out the drill.

How To Fit Glass Clamps

The key thing to remember when attaching clamps to glass panels is weight distribution. You need to ensure that the weight of the glass is evenly distributed along the length of the post, rather than being top or bottom heavy. We would recommend that you use 4 clamps per square metre of glass to be confident in the support. Typically, people will attach the clamps towards the top and bottom of the post. Just make sure that they’re in the exact same place on each.

If you attach the clamps correctly, there is no need to drill into the glass. Don’t try and do so because toughened glass should only be drilled in the early stages of production.

When you are buying your clamps double check that you have the right size for your thickness of glass. Fail to do so and the glass will be too loose within the fixing and won’t be secured in place. Too tight and the glass simply won’t fit. Most clamps have adjustable screws so you can tighten the the clamp into place around the glass panel. They also typically have a rubber gasket which can stretch around the glass as you fit it and then spring back into position.

We recommend that you gradually tighten the glass clamps on one piece of glass at the same time. If you tighten just one all the way, the glass could begin to bend and even crack. By doing it a bit at a time all the way round the panel, the pressure is evenly distributed.

Glass and Stainless can install your glass balustrade system to show you how to fit glass clamps. Contact us today to discuss your requirements.

What Is Intelligent Glass Used For?

Intelligent or smart glass, has the unique ability to change its opacity at the flick of a switch. When an electric current is applied to the glass, the molecules within the liquid crystal film align with each other and the glass is transparent. Turn off the electrical current, however, and the molecules become disorganised, preventing some of the light from passing through and giving an opaque finish. This specialist form of laminated glass offers the perfect balance between allowing light into a room and retaining privacy. But what is intelligent glass used for?

Intelligent glass is primarily used in situations where privacy or the element of surprise are required. However, it does provide additional benefits. If a room becomes noticeably hot in direct sunlight, intelligent glass can be used in place of blinds to help reduce and regulate the temperature. Sensors can detect when light levels have reached a specified point and automatically alter the glass opacity.

What is intelligent glass used for in the home or office?

At home or in hotel rooms, intelligent glass is primarily used for providing privacy. It can be used to separate a bathroom from the rest of a bedroom or living space, a major trend in hotel interior design at the moment. Intelligent glass can give you the choice of lounging in the bath looking out at beautiful view, or sealing yourself away to reflect and relax. Even within the bathroom itself you can add an additional layer of privacy with intelligent glass shower screens.

Elsewhere in the home or an office, pitched rooflights can be constructed from intelligent glass to prevent overlooking neighbours from seeing into your home.

One of the more creative uses of intelligent glass is as a projector screen. Our homes and offices often feature large glass panels which can be put to good use as a blank canvas. The even opaqueness of an intelligent glass wall is perfect for projecting a film, presentation or other media onto. Why not use intelligent glass in your living room and transform it into a home cinema? Or wow clients by surrounding and immersing them in your presentation, thanks to an intelligent glass meeting room?

Within an office, intelligent glass wall partitions can be used to divide a large space into smaller units without compromising on light levels. The glass can be set to opaque whenever you require privacy or want to get your head down and concentrate without distraction. As an added bonus, the opaque glass can help reduce unwanted glare on a computer screen.

What is intelligent glass used for in hospitals?

Modern hospitals are making excellent use of intelligent glass in their doors and moveable partitions. Patient privacy is of the utmost importance but traditional blinds are difficult to keep clean and can harbour dirt and dust, a significant risk to some patients. Intelligent glass is easier to maintain on a daily basis and can be turned off if a patient is feeling isolated.

What is intelligent glass used for in entertainment?

The flexible nature of intelligent glass makes it ideal for use in entertainment spaces such as bars. It can be used to sub-divided the room and give a sense of exclusivity to certain areas. Intelligent glass is frequently used for promotional or advertising purposes as a means of keeping something under-wraps before the big reveal. By using multiple individual panels and a bit of creative flair, you can create quite the display, especially if choose to add a colour tint to the glass.

Glass and Stainless can design and produce bespoke intelligent glass panels, whatever the application. Contact us today to discuss your specification.

Can you have glass rooflights for flat roofs?

Yes! Glass rooflights for flat roofs are just as effective as the pitched versions. They’re a brilliant means of improving the levels of natural daylight within your home or office. In addition, they can provide much needed ventilation in stuffy, possibly windowless rooms. Increasingly common on flat roof extensions, such as a single storey kitchen extension, they can completely transform the feel of a room.

Advantages Of Using Glass Rooflights For Flat Roofs

Rooflights are also referred to as skylights, thanks to the beautiful uninterrupted view they provide of the sky. At night you can even do a spot of stargazing! Furthermore, you can enjoy this view in the complete privacy that a flat rooflight provides. The lack of angle means that you can enjoy maximum sunlight without anyone being able to look in.

As well as boosting the amount of natural daylight, glass rooflights for flat roofs can also assist in ventilation. It is a well-known fact that hot air rises, so on a hot summer’s day the quickest way to cool a room down can be opening up the rooflight. Many rooflights are now fitted with electric opening systems powered by the mains electricity or solar cells. The more advanced of these use sensors to detect rainfall and close automatically.

If you’d rather try and keep as much heat in as possible, we’d recommend choosing triple glazing. In addition to providing excellent heat insulation, triple glazing can also help to deaden sound. That’s a significant plus during heavy rainfall!

The Technicalities of Glass Rooflights for Flat Roofs

When we speak to people about the possibilities of glass rooflights for flat roofs, their major concern tends to be water pooling and accumulating debris. That is why we would always recommend using a very slight, barely noticeable pitch to assist in rainwater run-off. This pitch can be created through use of a protruding upstand, a raised edging that separates the rooflight from the flat roof. In the UK, an upstand tends to be a minimum of 150mm tall.

To solve the issue of dirt build-up we would recommend choosing a self-cleaning glass. This specialist glass reacts with sunlight to begin to breakdown any dirt, which can then be more easily washed away during the next rainfall.

Another concern we often hear regards the water-resistant capabilities of glass rooflights for flat roofs. In addition to the subtle pitch of our rooflights we would also suggest that you use waterproof flashings.

In order to comply with UK building regulations, your rooflight should be made from a toughened glass. Not only is it far stronger than standard glass, it also shatters into less jagged smaller pieces which are less likely to injure any unfortunate person stood below.

If you live in either a listed building or a conservation area you will almost certainly require planning permission from your local authority before installing a rooflight.

Selecting You Style

Glass rooflights for flat roofs are available in a wide range of sizes and styles, each suitable for different environments and uses. For example, a lantern rooflight is raised high than other rooflights. Comprised of multiple glass panels that are pitched to meet in the centre and held in place by slim supports, it can provide a 360 degree view.

A popular trend in urban areas is to install an access rooflight. Essentially a lantern rooflight that contains stairs and an opening, it allows you to transform your roof into a gorgeous terrace. Rural homes could also introduce the same idea, creating the perfect elevated area from which to view the countryside or coast.

When considering the framework of a rooflight you have three main options: metal, PVCu or timber. Timber has been traditionally used for this job but it requires the greatest amount of maintenance to ensure water tightness. PVCu is a low maintenance alternative but can look a bit bulky. Our top recommendation would be a metal framework, either steel or aluminium. Both are a slimmer alternative to PVCu, require less maintenance and have longer estimated service lives. Local authorities will generally insist on a metal framework in listed buildings.

Glass and Stainless can design and create bespoke glass rooflights for flat roofs. Contact us today to discuss your specification.

Why Choose A Tempered Glass Tabletop?

Glass is the perfect material for anyone looking to create a striking, modern atmosphere with clean edges. However, many people are reluctant to use glass in their homes and offices due to safety concerns. Thankfully, a tempered glass tabletop can help alleviate these worries.

What is tempered glass?

Tempered glass is a common form of safety glass, renowned for its impressive physical and chemical strength. Also known as toughened glass, it is approximately four times stronger than normal annealed glass. This strength is achieved through either a thermal or chemical treatment.

In the thermal method, the glass is heated to over 600OC before being ‘quenched’. This simply means that the glass is quickly cooled in a high-pressure environment. With air being blasted uniformly onto the outer surface of the glass, it cools noticeably quicker than the interior. As the two areas cool at differing rates, they try and pull away from each other and stress develops within the layers of glass.

Alternatively, the chemical method, ion exchange, can be used. A more expensive option, this process involves submerging the glass in a chemical bath. Smaller ions on the outer surface of the glass are exchanged with larger ones, which must squeeze to fit into the same space. This creates compression with the uppermost layer, resulting in the desired internal stresses. The chemical method can be applied to much thinner panes of glass than the thermal method.

Arguably, the greatest benefit of tempered glass is its behaviour once broken. Rather than shatter into several large jagged pieces, the unique structure and stresses within tempered glass ensure that it breaks into smaller, rounder pieces. These are pretty harmless and far less likely to injure anyone. For this reason, it is regularly used in car windows, shower doors, wall partitions. Mobile phone screens, shopfronts, furniture and many more.

Why choose a tempered glass tabletop?

Whether in the office or at home, glass tables can come under a lot of stress. People put their feet on them, slam down coffee cups, pile them high with heavy books and a multitude of other activities. If you’re looking for a piece of furniture that can definitely handle the strain, look no further than a tempered glass tabletop.

The innate safety features of a tempered glass tabletop make it perfect for regular use. Should an accident occur and the table smash, no one should be seriously injured. This type of glass is so sturdy that it is suitable for outdoor use.

At Glass and Stainless, we can create a made to measure glass tabletop that perfectly fits your space. No matter how awkward the shape, we can cut perfectly to your design, including cut out areas. We can also add additional etched detailing should you require it.

If you want to turn your tempered glass tabletop into a central design feature, you could choose a tinted option. The intensity of the colour varies in accordance with the thickness of the glass. The thicker the glass, the denser the colour pigments and so the more intense the effect. Popular colours include blue, green and grey.

All of our bespoke glass work meets UK safety regulations and can be installed on your behalf.

Glass and Stainless have the creativity, technical knowledge and experience to craft you the perfect tempered glass tabletop. Contact us today to discuss your specification.

Made To Measure Glass Stair Panels For Hallways

Made to measure glass stair panels are a brilliant modern alternative to traditional spindles or other styles of railing. A glass panel of any shape or size is fitted to completely fill the space between the handrail and base of a balustrade. Stair panels can be made from a wide variety of materials but, unsurprisingly, we believe glass to be the superior option. Whereas wood and other opaque materials can give a feeling of being boxed-I, glass still allows light to pass through. Hallways are often quite dark spaces so anything you can do to help circulate light is going to be a bonus.

How Safe Are Made To Measure Glass Stair Panels?

At Glass & Stainless, all our made to measure glass stair panels are made from toughened glass. Incredibly robust, this form of safety glass is up to 5 times stronger than standard glass, giving you vital reassurance about using glass as a safety feature within your home. This strength is the result of a process in which the glass is heated to a remarkable 650°C before being quickly cooled. Should toughened glass ever break, the resulting fragments are quite small, rounded and relatively harmless rather than large, sharp and jagged. All our glass meets international safety standards so you can be confident in the security of our product.

As well as guaranteeing you a perfect fit, bespoke materials can be designed in line with your needs and preferences. Here’s a few ideas to get you thinking.   

Frosted Glass

The perfect compromise between light and privacy, frosted glass stair panels work well with both metal and wooden balustrades. Frosted glass is a common choice for contemporary front doors so why not ensure coherence across your interior design? As well as looking highly sophisticated, these stair panels are also eminently practical. Without total transparency, all those items that mysteriously seem to find their way to the bottom of the stairs remain hidden. 

Coloured Glass

Most people’s first thought when it comes to brightening a hallway is to simply repaint the wall. We believe coloured glass to be a more exciting and unique alternative. For a subtler effect, a light blue or green tint is probably the best option, rather than full colour. A totally coloured panel will be opaque rather than transparent, so think about the light in your hallway.

Etched Glass

When it comes to designs for an etched glass stair panel, the possibilities are endless. From delicate floral designs to bold geometric patterns, the sky truly is the limit. At Glass & Stainless we are more than happy to replicate an etched design. For example, you may want to copy a design from your front door or hallway mirror. 

Glass and Stainless are experts in designing, cutting and fitting made to measure glass stair panels. Contact us today to see how we can revitalise your hallway.

 

 

Do Juliet Balconies Require Planning Permission?

Named for Shakespeare’s most famous leading lady, Juliet balconies are incredibly stylish and elegant features. Suitable for a variety of homes, a Juliet balcony is essentially a balustrade fitted to the exterior of a large window or French doors. They are available in a wide array of styles and aesthetics, ranging from highly decorative Victorian metal to frameless glass. Traditionally found in Mediterranean countries, Juliet balconies can increasingly be found on UK homes. This rise is in large part due to their easy installation, relatively low cost and modest impact on the building’s appearance.

Do Juliet balconies require planning permission?

Typically, the answer is no and they can be installed under permitted development rights. However, there are always exceptions.

The main difference between Juliet balconies and other designs is the lack of extending platform for anyone to stand on or place items on. Some models are marketed as being Juliet balconies but do have a very narrow floor space. As this can legally be considered a raised platform, you are more likely to require planning permission.

You are also likely to require planning permission if the property is listed, located in a conservation area or part of a block of flats. In addition, if you are only a leaseholder of the property, you will need to secure the consent of the owner. It’s always worth double checking whether there is anything within the property deeds that prevents any type of alteration being made to the exterior.

In conjunction with installing their Juliet balcony, a lot of people will also plumb for a window replacement or inward-opening French doors. Whilst these changes don’t give you any additional floor space, they do allow for a greater amount of light and fresh air to flood into the room. As part of that work, the window area may need enlarging, which can sometimes require planning permission.

To mitigate against any potential objections, we would recommend that you position the balcony to the rear of the property where it can be seen by fewer people. Remember that you may be required to make such modifications as part of the planning permission process.

Even if your Juliet balcony can be installed under permitted development rights, it is still worthwhile notifying any close neighbours of the work. This will help mitigate against any negative feedback and gives you the opportunity to assuage their worries, particularly any privacy.

If you’re at all unsure as to whether your Juliet balcony plan is covered by permitted development rights, we recommend that you seek advice from your local planning authority.

Juliet balcony regulations

Unsurprisingly given their purpose and location, balconies are a keenly regulated architectural feature. All Glass and Stainless Juliet balconies comply with current UK building regulations but we would always encourage you to double check, whoever you’re buying from. The main regulation to be aware of concerns the required railing height. It must be at least 1100mm high from standing floor level with no gaps wider than 100mm (Part K of the Building Regulations Act 2000).

At Glass and Stainless, we offer easy to install, no maintenance Juliet balconies that can be made bespoke to your needs or bought ‘off-the-shelf’. Get in touch today to discuss your requirements and style options.

Choosing Glass Door Designs For Wardrobes

If your wardrobe is looking a bit old, tired and dated, you may want to consider fitting sparkling new glass doors. They’re perfect for adding a touch of elegance, class and splendour to your bedroom. With bespoke glass, you can choose from a wide range of styles and finishes, all of which can be precisely cut to size.

Your first decision will focus on the doors’ opening mechanism. Essentially, your options are sliding or outward opening. The former is a brilliant space-saver and works particularly well for larger fitted units. Alternatively, outward opening doors work well on traditional free-standing wardrobes.

A Practical Mirrored Glass

A mirrored glass door design for wardrobes has one quite obvious practical advantage — the wardrobe can double as a mirror. This means you don’t necessarily need one anywhere else in the room, saving you previous wall and surface space. Handily, a wardrobe fronted mirror is highly likely to be full length, always the best option when it comes to mirrors. No more squatting and jumping to assess your full outfit!

A less obvious advantage of using a mirrored glass door design for wardrobes is its innate reflective qualities. Large mirrors are brilliant for making smaller spaces appear larger than they are. With a bit of clever and well-thought out positioning, this effect can be further enhanced by maximising the amount of light that hits the glass during the day. This light is then reflected around the room, making it appear brighter and more welcoming.

Taking A Risk With Clear Glass

A rarer and more unusual glass door design for wardrobes involves clear glass. Completely translucent, this type of glass door is probably not suitable for the messy and disorganised. All your clothes will be on display for anyone to see and subsequently judge your organisation skills. If you do like to keep everything neat and tidy however, these could be the doors for you. The impact of seeing perfectly laid out and organised clothing through clear glass doors can be quite striking, especially paired with a solid black frame.

Adding That Finishing Touch

Plain glass can make a strong enough statement on its own, but there is nothing stopping you from adding an extra touch of pizzazz. Glass etching can look achingly beautiful in its delicacy. If you wish to maintain the practical advantages of having a mirrored wardrobe, why not choose a gorgeously intricate border design?

Wherever you place it, we can provide you with a completely bespoke design. Traditional, minimalistic, art deco, we can do it all. To create a truly cohesive look, we suggest that you find other decorative elements within your current décor which can then be complemented in the etching.

Glass and Stainless can create your perfect glass door design for wardrobes, whatever your stylistic preferences. Contact us today to learn more about how they could be utilised in your home.

 

How to Fix Glass Clamps

When you install a glass balustrade on stairs, walkways, mezzanine floors, balconies and balconettes, you have two main choices for fixing the glass panels in place. One is to fit the panels into a channel in the floor, creating so-called ‘frameless’ glass balustrades. The other is to mount the panels to upright newell or balustrade posts. To do this, you need special glass clamps to hold the sheets in place.

There are different benefits to the two mounting options. Overall, using posts and glass clamps tends to be easier than installing a frameless glass balustrade, which requires the channel to be fixed firmly and securely into the floor first.

On the other hand, some people prefer the fact that you get no posts blocking lines of sight with a frameless glass balustrade, although the posts themselves can be used as an attractive design feature.

Fixing glass clamps

If you choose to use balustrade posts, the first step to safe installation is to choose the right glass clamps. Different glass clamps are available for timber, stainless steel and marble/stone posts. For wooden posts, the glass clamps can usually be screwed straight into the timber. For metal and stone, the posts will need to be drilled first, and plugged accordingly.

To keep the glass secure, you want to distribute the weight of the panel evenly between the different posts. It is therefore important that you spread the location of the clamps evenly across the posts. It is recommended as a minimum to have one clamp close to the top and one close to the bottom of each post, and to measure the location so they are at the same height on each.

The purpose of a glass clamp is to hold the panels securely in place without the tricky business of having to drill the glass. To be able to do this, they have to have a really tight grip so the glass doesn’t slip. It is therefore essential that you choose the right size clamp to match the thickness of the glass you are using, so the fit is perfect.

Make sure you choose glass clamps that have a rubber gasket in the mouth. This is again for ensuring that the grip is tight enough. Firm rubber will stretch enough to let the glass prise between it, but then help lock the glass in place.

Glass clamps come with adjustable screws for tightening the mouth into place around the panel. It is important to make sure these are loose before you start fitting the panels – if you try to force the edge into a mouth that is too tight, you could break the glass.

Similarly, when you are tightening the clamps, don’t screw in one clamp as far as it will go first before moving to the others. This will bend the glass and risks cracking. Your want to keep the pressure from the clamps evenly distributed, so do a few turns of each screw right around the panel, and repeat until each is fully tight.

Glass and Stainless can provide glass clamps, balustrades, railings and more. Contact us today to learn more about how they could be utilised in your home.

Working Out Your Perfect Deck Railing Height

Compared to patios, most garden decking is intended to create a more clearly demarcated area in your garden. Rather than just being a paved section, decks tend to be raised off the ground and are often surrounded by balustrades and a deck railing, creating an enclosed, self-contained and distinct seating area.

There are several reasons to include handrails in the design of a deck. For decks that are raised significantly off the ground, they become an important safety feature. They can, of course, also be used for decoration.

An important part of weighing up these considerations is deciding on the height of your deck railing. Depending on how high your deck is off the ground, guidelines determine the minimum height of both the railings and the balustrade. Then you have to consider whether you want a railing fixed to the side of a balustrade, or running along the top. The deck railing height will therefore be influenced by the height of the balustrades themselves.

Deck railing height and regulations

Decks can be built, like patios, to sit level with the rest of the garden. But for reasons of protecting the timber from damp and decay, they are much more commonly raised off the ground to some extent.

If the deck is raised, building regulations make specifications for the minimum height of balustrades. While these only specifically reference decking on commercial premises – in other words, in a private residential garden, you don’t strictly speaking need a balustrade – it is good practice to follow the guidelines for safety reasons.

The height of the balustrade will obviously influence the deck railing height. Regulations make two recommendations, one for ‘low-level’ decking where the deck is 300mm or less off the ground, and for ‘high-level’ decking over 300mm. For low-level decking, balustrades should be a minimum of 900mm higher than the deck. For high-level decking, they should be at least 1100mm high.

In addition, regulations state that for domestic use, handrails should be a minimum of 900mm above the parapet of the deck, and for commercial use, 1100mm.

Starting points

These regulations give you your starting point for deciding on deck railing height. For a low-level deck in a private garden, if you wanted to keep the balustrade as low as possible, you would have to have the railing on top of the balustrade, as both must be a minimum of 900mm high. Your could of course have both rail and balustrade higher, but this might start to impede on views.

For a high-level deck, the balustrade has to be slightly higher at 1100mm but the minimum deck railing height remains at 900mm. In that sense, you get a bit more flexibility – you could fix the railing on the side of the balustrade at 900mm, or you could have it on top.

Bear in mind that on a high-level deck, the railing will have more prominence as a safety feature. You may need steps down to ground level, so the railing will be a support as people approach these. It should therefore be kept at a sensible and comfortable height, and not pushed too high.

Glass and Stainless are experts in deck railing, whatever the height. Contact us today to discuss your requirements.