Framed balustrade systems are far less commonly specified than historically. This is partly because the cost difference compared to structural glass is far less than it used to be, and partly an aesthetic choice, or trend.
Cassette® balconies make the base detail of frameless structural glass much simpler than fixing it to concrete or steel frames. This makes framed systems even less common with Cassette® balconies.
Framed systems are more expensive and can be less safe with monolithic glass. We have a company policy to have no monolithic glass on any of our balconies and we would recommend toughened or heat-strengthened glass.
The main use of framed balustrades are in conjunction with architectural panels (e.g. patterned or perforated) which tend to be thin, so need a frame for structural support. Above are our four standard balustrade systems which can be included.
Whilst historically, glass infill panels were very common, there has recently been increasing specification of perforated, mesh, and solid metal panels to add unique signatures to building facades.
Such panels use a supporting frame, including balusters and handrail, to fulfil the structural loading performance of standards like BS6180. These support infill panels which are usually laser cut, or punched from thin aluminium material. If glass is preferred, 10mm monolithic toughened glass can be used for more of an open feel, however, it is recommended to consider structural glass for simplicity and increased safety.
Examples of this balustrading in use
Post System Balustrade in Action
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