A Perfect View – Frameless Glass Balustrade

Having a fine view outside your home is a luxury to be enjoyed. If you are lucky enough to have one, it is natural to want a space where you can make the most of it. A frameless glass balustrade can help you do that.

Balconies, patios, decked areas and roof terraces make great additions to a home where you can sit, relax and reap the benefits of the vistas before you. But how can you make sure you always get the best of the view, wherever you happen to be sat?

Traditional wooden or even stone balustrades can look stunning, with limitless options for ornate carved designs. But they also create an obstruction to the view beyond. So the question is – which would you rather enjoy, your balustrade or the scenery?

No obstructions with frameless glass balustrades

Glass balustrades are the perfect solution to this dilemma. When laminated glass is used, glass panels are just as sturdy and resilient as wood or stone, with the added bonus that they are completely transparent. As well as providing a practical safety barrier for your balcony or raised seating area, you can always see through them to enjoy the view beyond.

Glass panels tend to be paired with stainless steel posts, or sometimes timber, to create a balustrade. Either option can look great – stainless steel combines perfectly with glass for a sharp contemporary style, while glass and timber balustrades give a modern twist to a timeless classic.

The drawback, however, is the fact that both styles use solid posts to support the glass panels. While most of the view will be open thanks to the glass, these posts create inevitable blind spots.

If you want to maximise visibility in your outdoor seating area, a frameless glass balustrade is the perfect solution. With no posts employed, you get a completely unobstructed view from all angles, meaning everyone can enjoy the scenery uninterrupted from wherever they sit.

How does a frameless glass balustrade work?

To replace balustrade posts, a frameless glass balustrade fixes the panels to the surface on which it is built. This can be done either by attaching the panels vertically to an outward-facing surface, or horizontally to the upper surface.

For a horizontal attachment, a frameless glass balustrade uses what are known as ‘shoes’ to seat the glass panels in. Balustrade shoes are slim sockets which the panels slide into. They can either be straight, which are known as channel shoes, or set at angles for joining two panels together at a joint. These are called corner shoes.

Various fixings are used to attach shoes to the surface underneath, depending on the type of material you are working with. Combinations of isolators, gaskets and cladding are used to ensure the panels sit within the shoes securely and safely, with no risk of movement.

The final decision to make in employing a frameless glass balustrade is whether or not to add a handrail. Although this does create an impediment to the view, it is usually advised as a safety feature. The most popular and unobtrusive option is to add a stainless steel rail which slots onto the top of the glass panels.

Glass and Stainless can create your ideal bespoke frameless glass balustrade. Contact us today to discuss your specification.