Choosing Your Stainless Steel Glass Canopy Fittings

Choosing your stainless steel glass canopy fittings is important for both achieving a perfect finish and ensuring that the structure is safe and secure. For most standard glass canopies you will be able to purchase a suitable mounting kit containing everything you need. For bespoke stainless steel and glass canopies, it may be necessary to buy the fittings as individual components in order to fit the unusual size glass panels. At Glass & Stainless, we can fulfill your bespoke glass canopy requirements using both either brushed or polish stainless steel.

For long-lasting durability even in the harshest of environments, we choose to use high grade 316 stainless steel for our fittings. In conjunction with connecting rods, our mounts are capable of supporting toughened laminated glass panels up to 1219mm wide, 1829mm long and 13.52mm. Depending on expected local weather conditions, the pitch of the glass panels can be adjusted to allow for greater run-off. Together, our mounting systems offer an elegant solution for both domestic and commercial applications.

When choosing your stainless steel glass canopy fittings, be sure to consider the ease with which they can be installed. If necessary, we can offer professional assistance in fitting your canopy.

Elements To Consider When Choosing Your Stainless Steel Glass Canopy Fittings

During the process of choosing your stainless steel glass canopy fittings, you need to ensure that you have the correct number of these components:

Wall Mounts

For any stainless steel glass canopy, you will require a minimum of 4 four wall mounts. Two sit high on the supporting wall whilst the other two are placed just below the point at which the glass meets the wall.

Wall mounts actually compromise of two components. The part that is drilled into the wall or glass is oval in shape and relatively flat. It provides the support. The other component is a pivot which can be adjusted on site to ensure that the connecting rods are fitted at the perfect angle.

The standard angle that we would recommend for the top wall mount is approximately 43 degrees but you are free to choose an angle that best supports your bespoke glass canopy. However, do not choose an angle below 35 degrees as the connecting rod becomes too steep. The wall mounts that sit underneath the glass will sit at an almost 90 degree angle, varying depending on how steep you wish the glass itself to be.

Connecting Rods

Stainless steel connecting rods are fitted at an angle between the wall mounts and the glass mounts to hold up the glass. The wider the glass panel, the longer the length of connecting rod required.

Universal Wall Mounted Glass Awnings

An alternative to the rod and pivoting wall mounts system are universal wall mounted glass awnings. In this system, stainless steel arm supports run underneath the glass panels themselves and are affixed along the edges. These arm wall mounts are available in a number of different lengths, suitable for a variety of glass panel sizes.

 

If you would like further assistance in choosing your stainless steel glass canopy fittings, please don’t hesitate to get in touch. Glass & Stainless have experts on hand who can answer questions regarding your unique specifications and requirements.

Stainless Steel Balustrade Components: What Do You Need?

  1. Posts and Bases
  2. Handrail and Supports
  3. Glass Clamps
  4. Wire

The number and type of stainless steel balustrade components that you require will vary in accordance with the style of balustrade system you have chosen. For instance, glass balustrades and wire balustrades will need different stainless steel fixtures and fittings. Below, we have produced a list of some of the key stainless steel balustrade components to help you get started.

Stainless Steel Balustrade Components

Posts and Bases

You might think that all balustrade posts and bases look the same, but you do in fact have a number of different options. From a practical perspective, you need to decide between pre-drilled and undrilled posts. The former can be easier to install but the latter provides you with more choice about where to install the additional fittings. We would particularly recommend choosing pre-drilled posts for a wire balustrade system as it is imperative that each of the numerous holes perfectly matches up with their counterpart.

Bases can also be purchased pre-drilled with varying numbers of holes. If you’d prefer to hide all the base fixings from sight, you can choose to lay a base cover over the top. This helps to create a more elegant and sophisticated overall look.

Stainless steel posts and bases are available in a number of different finishes. These include satin/brushed and mirrored polish. The most obvious difference between the two finishes is that satin produces a matt look whereas the mirrored option is more reflective. Typically, the industry recommends using a mirrored polish finish in coastal areas due to the high salt levels within the air. The smoother surface in comparison to the satin finish means that it is less susceptible to corrosion.

Whichever finish you choose, you can be confident that stainless steel will stand up to years of use and weather without rusting away. The finish of stainless steel does not impact its grade.

Handrail and Supports

One of the most important stainless steel balustrade components for safety, a handrail is easy to install and maintain, and is perfect for internal and external use. Stainless steel handrails can be divided into two categories: tubes and bars. Tubes are hollow inside whereas bars are a solid length of stainless steel.

In addition to the handrail itself, you may need to purchase stainless steel brackets or supports. These can be purchased in matching finishes to the handrail.

Glass Clamps

Glass clamps are crucial for ensuring that any bespoke glass panels remain firmly secured in place and don’t become a safety hazard. If anyone leans on the balustrade, you don’t want them to feel any wobble in the glass. To guard against this you need to ensure that you are buying the right clamp for the thickness of your glass panel. Fail to do so and the glass either won’t slide through the gap at all or will be too loose and not stay in place. There is some leeway however, as most glass clamps do now come up with adjustable screws.

At Glass & Stainless, our standard recommendation is to use 4 glass clamps for every square metre of glass.

As with posts, bases and handrails, glass clamps are available in several different finishes including satin/brushed, mirrored polish and raw. They are also available in a variety of shapes, with a choice between rounded or square edges.

Most glass clamps have a rubber interior to prevent scratching on the glass panel and stretch around it for a firmer hold.

Wire

In the UK, wire balustrade systems use wire that is a minimum of 3.2mm thick. Manufacturers will normally offer a made to measure service, allowing you to order wire to the exact length of each required section. Alternatively, you can purchase it in several metre long lengths to cut up yourself.

With wire balustrade systems, the main decision you’ll need to make is whether to use an inline or offset style. Inline wires run right through the centre of each balustrade post, through the aforementioned pre-drilled holes. In contrast, offset wires are affixed to the outside of each individual post.

If you have any questions about which stainless steel balustrade components you’ll need for your specification, please do get in touch with us today. We have experts on hand who can help.

Advantages Of Using Toughened Glass Panels Cut To Size

If you’re purchasing a bespoke glass panel cut to size for use as architectural glazing, it will almost certainly be made from toughened glass. Whether you’re creating a glass door, floor or wall, they all use toughened glass. But why? In short, because it offers improved safety and far greater strength than standard annealed glass. This makes it ideal for use in both residential and commercial properties.

To create toughened glass, standard annealed glass is heated to roughly 650ºC in a furnace. At such incredibly high temperatures the glass begins to soften. At this crucial stage, the glass is rapidly cooled. The surface of the glass will cool far more quickly than the inner layers, which remain hot. The differing temperatures of glass cause tension to develop between the internal and external layers. It is this central tension that gives toughened glass its remarkable strength, holding the glass together even as external pressures act upon it.

Advantages Of Toughened Glass Panels Cut To Size

Strength

Compared to standard annealed glass, toughened glass is up to five times stronger. It is capable of holding up under approximately 10,000lbs per square inch and can tolerate strong weather conditions, meaning that it is suitable for external use. As well as being able to withstand physical pressure, toughened glass is also far more resistant to thermal pressure thanks to the unique heating process it has undergone. Bathrooms often feature toughened glass for this reason.

The central tension within toughened glass means that the outer layers are always being drawn together, closing up any weaknesses within the surface. Subsequently, toughened glass is highly scratch resistant, making it ideal for use in tables and cabinets which get a lot of wear and tear.

Safety

There’s a reason why toughened glass can be found in everything from car windscreens to bus stops, mobile phone screen protectors to diving masks. Along with laminated glass, it’s one of the safest options out there. When standard annealed glass cracks under pressure, it splinters into large and jagged shards that can inflict real damage on people and property. In stark contrast, on the rare occasion that toughened glass does break, the resulting pieces are far smaller and have rounded edges. As a result, the risk of injury is greatly reduced. That applies to both the initial break and the following clear up.

Cut To Size

With toughened glass panels, cut to size is a must. The all-important tension that gives toughened glass its distinctive strength also prevents it from being cut without shattering. Once the glass panel has undergone the heating and cooling process you cannot make any adjustments so double check all your measurements before ordering. If in doubt, the expert Glass & Stainless team are more than happy to measure up for you.

At Glass & Stainless we have years of experience working with toughened glass panels cut to size, designing, producing and installing them in many different forms. Get in touch today to discuss how we can help transform your property.

 

How To Choose The Right Skylight For Your Property

If you’re wondering how to choose the right skylight for your property, look no further. We’ve compiled a list of everything you need to know about selecting a skylight that will provide a comfortable amount of light and warmth, with the possibility of additional ventilation as well. Skylights are an excellent option for reducing your reliance on artificial light and lowering your energy costs. Pick well and you will reap the rewards for years to come.

How To Choose The Right Skylight For You Roof

Pitch Of The Existing Roof

One of the biggest factors in choosing the right skylight is the style of roof on your property. There are a whole host of different types of skylights and rooflights out there to choose from, so you should be able to find the perfect fit. The likes of roof lanterns and pyramid skylights are only suitable for flat roof structures. Flat rooflights are frequently used to great effect on roof terraces, but you need to be sure that you have chosen a skylight that is structurally sound for walking on.

Use Of The Room Below

When thinking about how to choose the right skylight for your property, consider the primary purpose of the room below it. If you are planning on installing your skylight in a kitchen or bathroom, we would recommend that you choose a model that can be easily opened, whether manually or electronically. Greater and improved ventilation means less build up of steam or lingering odours. If you’re concerned about inadvertently leaving your skylight open during inclement weather, don’t worry! Skylights are available with both rain and wind sensors, as well as insect screens.

Size Of The Skylight

When it comes to skylights, bigger isn’t necessarily better. You need to consider how the skylight will look in proportion to the rest of the room, as well as the impact on the room’s temperature. If you pick a large skylight that doesn’t have additional UV or solar protection built in, you run the risk of excessive solar heat gain during the hot summer months. A smaller skylight will still perfectly illuminate the room without turning it into a greenhouse and overheating everyone inside.

The degree of solar heat gain will vary depending on the location of the skylight. South-facing skylights receive the greatest amount of sunlight in both winter and summer, whereas north-facing skylights receive the least. If you are particularly keen to capture the warmth and light of the early morning, we recommend that you choose an east-facing skylight. A west-facing skylight will provide the greatest illumination and heat during the afternoon.

If you are keen on choosing a larger skylight, we would recommend that you pick one that has been treated or coated to reduce solar heat gain, or that you install a blind. To determine how well a skylight performs in heat, check the solar heat gain coefficient (SHGC) value. The lower it is, the less heat that will pass through the glass.

Level Of Insulation The Skylight Provides

To assess the level of insulation a skylight provides, you simply need to refer to the U-value. The lower the U-value, the higher the level of insulation. We recommend picking a skylight that has a U-value of 1.2 WmK or under. Ensure that the providers has notified you of the U-value of the entire product, not just the glass pane, as the latter can be misleadingly low.

If you have any further questions about how to choose the right skylight for your property, please do get in touch. Glass & Stainless can design and produce a bespoke glass skylight in accordance with your unique specification.

 

Choosing A Slip-Resistant Glass Floor

When you’re choosing a slip-resistant glass floor, there’s a lot to think about. Alongside all the practical considerations around UK building standards and slip-resistant ratings, you also need to contemplate your preferred finish. There are several different methods for improving the slip-resistance of a glass floor and each has a unique impact on the appearance of the material.

A slip-resistant glass floor can cover an impressive and large expanse or simply a small and more decorative area. Installing a single glass panel is relatively easy to do but a larger feature will require structural support. This can typically be provided by stainless steel or glass beams.

Tips For Choosing A Slip-Resistant Glass Floor

Slip-Resistance Ratings

Depending on where your slip-resistant glass floor is being installed and how many people are likely to walk over it, the level of slip resistance you require will vary. That’s why we recommend taking a look at the rating of the slip-resistant glass floor you’re interested in. Some manufacturers will use their own type of rating but the UK government’s Health and Safety Executive favours the pendulum test value (PTV) with testing carried out in both wet and dry conditions.

On this scale, the higher the PTV the higher the slip-resistance. It is out firm professional opinion that a glass floor with a rating below 36 is actively dangerous, and we’d encourage you to look much further up the scale. This applies in both wet and dry conditions, internal and external.

Sandblasted Finish

As the name suggests, this type of glass is created by sandblasting a clear panel, either all over or in a predetermined pattern. The effect of sandblasting glass is to create a much rougher surface which generates friction when someone then walks across. Fortunately, the glass remains translucent so the light levels of the spaces above and below aren’t compromised but you do gain a greater degree of privacy.

Thanks to the cutting-edge technology we use at Glass & Stainless, this is an incredibly accurate process in which the depth of glass affected can be varied. The deeper the sandblast, the more slip-resistant and less transparent the glass.

Ceramic Frit

Ceramic frit is applied through a heated screen printing process. If you’d prefer a repeating design in which some of the glass is left completely transparent, the ceramic ink is carefully applied to the glass by evenly spreading it through a fine mesh. Alternatively, you can cover the entire surface of the glass floor with a solid roller coated layer of ink. The larger the area of glass covered by the ink, the more slip-resistant it will be.

Once the ink has been applied, a high level of heat is applied in order to fuse the ink directly into the glass floor.

Adding A Spot Of Colour

As with all bespoke glass, a slip-resistant glass floor can be transformed into an eye-catching architectural feature through the addition of a gorgeous colour tint. You could go as bold and bright as a nightclub dance floor or keep it more subtle.

If you want your slip-resistant glass floor to be as perfectly clear as possible, request a glass that reduced iron levels. It is the iron within glass that gives it that distinctive greenish tinge, so by reducing its presence you get a clearer glass.

Glass & Stainless are more than happy to provide you with expert advice when choosing a slip-resistant glass floor. Get in touch today to see how we can help.

Why Glass Partitions Are Perfect For The Home, Not Just The Office

Offices across the UK make excellent use of glass partitions, dividing up the workspace without compromising on light levels or style. Those same qualities could prove highly beneficial in a residential property but few people give glass partitions much thought when planning their interior decor. At Glass & Stainless, we’d like to see that change. Here’s why glass partitions are perfect for the home, not just the office.

Why Glass Partitions Are Perfect For The Home, Not Just The Office

Improved Lighting

Arguably the most obvious advantage of using a glass partition instead of a wall is that its transparent nature still allows light to flood between two spaces. This means that you still retain the light and airy sensation of an open plan space which is so sought-after in modern homes. Allowing natural light to reach deeper areas of your home has the added bonus of reducing your reliance on artificial light. Not only will your electricity bill drop, but studies have shown that your mental health may also benefit. Glass partitions allow office workers to enjoy natural light while they work, even if they aren’t sat by a window

Greater Privacy

When it comes to privacy, you might think that a glass partition isn’t up to the job. You’d be wrong. Glass partitions don’t necessarily have to be completely transparent. Frosted or satin glass can be used instead. These types of glass are still translucent so light can continue to pass through, illuminating the space beyond.

If you would like the option to switch between a transparent and translucent partition, you could choose to use electric privacy glass. You might alternatively see this referred to as intelligent, smart or switchable glass. With just the flick of a switch, an electrical current is passed through a liquid crystal film layer within the partition. The electricity excites the molecules and forces them to change their alignment so that they all line up. Incident light is then able to pass through the uniform gaps, creating a transparent surface. Turn the electricity off and the molecules will back into a more random, increasing the opacity and giving you the privacy you’re looking for.

As an added bonus, electric privacy glass can also provide you with greater control over the room temperature. If the sun is shining and the room is getting uncomfortably hot, you simple needed to switch the transparent glass to translucent.

A Bit Of Peace And Quiet

Open plan living certainly has its advantages, but sometimes we all just want to take a moment to ourselves. A glass partition allows you to create a light-filled space from which you can still see other areas of the home but not hear or smell them. An excellent use of a glass partition in the home would be to divide a dining area from the kitchen. That way, you can have guests around for dinner without subjecting them to the sounds and smells coming from the kitchen.

At Glass & Stainless, we completely understand why glass partitions are perfect for the home, not just the office. Get in touch today to discuss how a glass partition could be used to excellent effect in your home.

 

Combining Glass Floors And Glass Doors

Combining glass floors and glass doors is an excellent way of maximising the levels of light within your property, without compromising on design. A truly timeless material, glass can be used to create both an incredibly contemporary look or to sit sympathetically alongside an older, more historic aesthetic. By using both glass floors and glass doors you can create a light and airy space that is welcoming and pleasant to spend time in, but can also transfer light down into the darker lower levels of a property if necessary.

An Opportunity To Create Something Unique By Combining Glass Floors And Glass Doors

The Infinite Possibilities Of Glass Floors

Whilst the standard clear glass floor and door can look stunning, with a touch of creative flair and willingness to innovate, you can create something that looks out of this world. Glass can be cut into pretty much any shape you like, allowing you to explore a whole range of possibilities. There’s no need to restrict yourself to the expected squares or rectangles.

In a large open plan space, you could use a custom-cut glass floor as a way of guiding occupants and visitors through the space. Imagine a river winding its way through a valley. Bespoke glass can be cut to replicate that sinuous shape, carving its way through the floor and curving around furniture.

A circular glass floor is perfect for enticing people to take a peek at what’s down below. The perfectly round shape brings to mind images of wells, tunnels or telescopes. They’re all things that we’re inexplicably drawn to and want to look down, curious as to what lies on the other end. But what is on the other end? Well, that’s up to you! There might be a whole other room or just a shallow display space in which you can show off your valued possessions and collections.

With some careful planning and drainage, you could take your glass floor one step further and create the appearance of walking on water. Simply place a panel of clear glass over a shallow body of water. You could add a drop of dye to the water to increase the visual impact.

In historic buildings, a glass floor can be used to reveal centuries of history under your feet. By protecting the archaeology or architecture with a glass floor, you can preserve it for future generations whilst also creating a real point of interest within your property.

Tying The Room Together With Glass Doors

Whatever you choose to do with the glass floor can reflected in the design of the glass floor. When combining glass floors and glass doors, it helps to create a consistent aesthetic. If you’ve chosen to use a translucent form of glass, such as frosted or satin, in order to protect people’s privacy, you can easily use the same material in your glass doors.

In regards to decoration, you again have plenty of choice. Advances in technology mean that glass can now be etched with incredibly intricate designs that invite people to look closer and spend time admiring the artwork. In a commercial situation, you might choose to etch your company logo or slogan into any feature glass doors.

For a more instantly eye-catching effect, we would recommend choosing a brightly coloured glass that complements your interior decor.

Glass & Stainless are experts at combining glass floors and glass doors in both commercial and domestic properties. Get in touch today to see how we could help transform your property.

3 Things To Keep In Mind When Shopping For Glass Sliding Shower Doors

Have you considered whether glass sliding shower doors are suitable for your bathroom?

When it comes to shopping for glass sliding shower doors your first need to think critically about the space and pre-existing structures you’ve got to work with. For example, if you already have a shower stall picked out or installed and it is on the narrow side, sliding shower doors may not be suitable given the lack of space for it to move into. In this instance, a pivot shower door might be the better option.

Glass sliding shower doors tend to be best suited to larger showers or shower/bath combinations. In these set-ups there is space for track to be laid for the sliding door to move in front of or behind a fixed panel as it opens. Unlike a traditional fabric shower/bath curtain, a sliding door can completely seal a space off and so provide a more effective barrier against water. As a result, there is a much lower risk of pools of water forming on the floor and becoming a slip risk.

A glass sliding shower door is an excellent choice for smaller and more compact bathrooms in which there isn’t space for a door to swing outwards.

Have you triple checked your measurements?

When it comes to toughened glass, you can never check your measurements enough. You need to be utterly confident that the glass sliding shower doors you’re ordering are the perfect size. Why? Because they will be made from toughened glass.

At Glass & Stainless, all our sliding shower doors are made from a form of toughened glass because we believe it is the safest and most durable option. As the name suggests, toughened glass is able to resist high amounts of pressure without breaking. On the incredibly rare occasion that it does, the glass has been specifically treated to ensure that it breaks into small rounded pieces rather than large jagged pieces thus limiting the possibility of injury. However, the unique nature of toughened glass means that it cannot be cut once treated. This means that there is no leeway to cut the glass down further to get it to fit when you come to install the door.

If in doubt, you could ask a professional to measure up the space for you.

Have you thought about what type of glass sliding shower doors you want?

When it comes to glass sliding shower doors, there is more variety out there than you probably realise. If you would prefer for your shower to remain private, why not choose a frosted or satin glass finish? These have the effect of blurring the shower occupant from prying eyes without compromising the ability of light to pass through. This is a particularly popular option in property layouts where the bedroom and bathroom are one in the same. Such a setup is not uncommon in hotels or student accommodation, for example.

Glass sliding shower doors can also be used to a pop of colour into what can easily become a very bland, almost clinical space.

Aside from the glass, there are also decisions to be made regarding the associated fittings and supporting frame. Stainless steel is an excellent choice given how easily it can be cleaned and it’s imperviousness to water damage. Available in a number of different finishes, including brushed, matte and mirror, you should be able to find the perfect fit for your bathroom.

Now you know the 3 things to keep in mind when shopping for sliding shower doors, why not get in touch with Glass & Stainless to discuss how we can help?

 

What Height Does My Decking Railing Need To Be In The UK?

Decking railings and balustrades offer the perfect combination of safety and decoration in any outdoor space. A deck can be a brilliant way of adding a sense of structure to your garden, clearly identifying it as a distinct zone dedicated to a particular purpose. This could be play, relaxation or perhaps eating and drinking. The addition of a decking railing and balustrade helps to create a sense of the deck being self-enclosed and hidden away from the world, a place to escape to.

Balustrades can be made from a wide variety of materials but we would always recommend a winning combination of gorgeous glass and stainless steel. Each is easy to clean and maintain can add a dash of contemporary elegance to any outdoor space.

Whilst UK building regulations only specify requirements for commercial properties, it makes excellent sense to use them as guidelines for domestic properties as well. Even in a home environment it pays to be aware and take care of yourself, your family and any visitors’ safety.

What height does my decking railing need to be in the UK?

In the UK, the required height of your decking railing will be conditional on the height of the deck platform itself. If your deck isn’t actually raised up and could in fact be described as a patio, then you don’t need decking railings.

Whatever the height of the decking, there should be no gaps big enough for a 100mm sphere to pass through it.

Lower level decks are those which are raised no more than 300mm off the ground. For this platform height in a domestic property, any railings or balustrades should be at least 900mm higher than the deck itself. This means that the handrail must be situated directly on top of the balustrade itself if you want to create the lowest profile possible. If you were to place the handrail to the side of the balustrade, lower down, then it would not meet UK building regulations. In commercial properties the handrail must be at least 1100mm higher than the deck. As a result, you may need to increase the height of your balustrade in order to ensure there isn’t too great a gap between the top of the balustrade and the railing.

High level decks are those which are raised more than 300mm above the ground. The increased platform elevation is matched by a rise in the required balustrade height to 1100mm. However, the railing itself doesn’t have to be any higher than the 900mm required for a lower level deck, allowing you to affix it to the side of the balustrade rather than on top.

Do my deck stairs need railings?

Depending on how high your deck is, you might wish to install a set of stairs. But do they need decking railings? It depends on how many there are. In a commercial property, you will need a handrail if there are more than two stairs. If the stairs are more than 1 metre wide then you will require handrails on both sides. Less than that and you only need one.

Glass & Stainless know exactly how to design, produce and install decking railing in line with UK building regulations. Get in touch today to ask questions and discuss your specification.

 

Everything You Need To Know About Glass Clamps

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

Glass Balustrades

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.