Balustrade fixing details
Installing a framed glass balustrade
Framed glass balustrades are simple to define really: a balustrade within a frame. Framed glass balustrades are the most widely used throughout the UK and the type that has the most possible variations in design.
Being ‘framed’ essentially describes the glass panel fixed between upright baluster posts and with a handrail that flows across the top of them. The most popular version seen here at DioMet by far is our stainless steel and glass balustrade system 1.
So you have chosen the framed balustrade style you like, now what is the best way to install it? Aside from obviously seeking professional advice or contacting your local builder, such balustrades can be installed in a number of different ways:
1) Core drill and grout fixed
2) Floor fixed on base plates
3) Face fixed on side mounted plates
4) Concrete pocket fixed
The fixing method chosen will depend entirely on the construction of your deck, balcony, patio or other such surface.
Core drill fixed glass balustrades
Core-drill fixing in simple terms is to remove a cylindrical slug of concrete, allowing the baluster post to be set into the ground with a cement based grout. Core-drilling does not lend itself to a DIY installation as unless you have used this machine before, it’s best left to the professionals.
Core-drill fixing is generally the best option for paved patios or back-filled cavity wall installations. A matching cover rose should be used to cover the core hole and finish off the system.
Floor fixed glass balustrades
The most commonly used method of framed balustrade installation is to simply bolt the baluster posts to the ground by using a base plate. Various designs are available but most base plates are simply a steel plate with holes in, allowing simple, straight forward installation. Many systems will come with base cover plates that hide all the fixing bolts once completed.
Base fixed balustrades should be used where the fixing surface is completely flat, or if not flat need to be welded to the correct angle as required. Perfect for fixing to solid concrete surfaces or to structural timber joists or steel beams.
Face fixed glass balustrades
Side / Face fixing balustrades are used where installing straight down to the ground is not a viable option – perhaps the floor is a rough finish, the roof is covered with a damp-proof membrane or there is simply no room for the base plates.
A face fixed system can be slightly more time-consuming to install but will give the added benefit of having more room on your balcony area by upto 200mm.
Side fixing plates can also be made to protrude from the deck itself which is useful for avoiding overhanging timber decking or paving slabs / coping stones.
Concrete fixed glass balustrades
Perhaps there is no patio or deck to fix to and the glass balustrade simply runs along the edge of a garden or path. This is where a concrete pocket-fixed system would be best suited whereby baluster posts are manufactured to be set approximately 400mm into the ground.
Pocket fixing is a simple installation method that requires hole excavation and then just concreting the posts into to ground to form the balustrade. This method can also be used where landscaping is done afterwards.
These are the most common installation options, but if you need further advice on installation, or simply require a quotation for your glass balustrade requirement, please contact us on 0114 243 9009 or email us your balustrade enquiry
Further Reading :
Improving outdoor space
Bespoke design systems
Frameless glass balustrade
Metal staircases and handrails
Feature balustrade Cambridge