Posted balustrades

Clearvue glass offers a complete design, supply and installation service for their factory-assembled posted glass balustrade systems.The installation of a well designed posted glass balustrade system, using quality materials and construction enhances the visual and tactile nature of a building and influences the way in which the building is perceived as a welcoming and comfortable place to be. It is easy to underestimate the practical contribution a well designed glass balustrade can make, particularly to elderly or less mobile individuals, also the contemporary look and feel in any application where a balustrade is required to protect and safeguard against falls and changes of levels. We only use the factory engineered quality materials which allow Clearvue Glass posted Balustrading systems  a more practical, sympathetic and aesthetically pleasing option over traditional systems. Installation is the final stage in the process and, by adopting the best products and posted glass balustrade systems in tandem with specialist fixing teams, our posted glass Balustrades ensures that the final installation is in strict accordance with the original design. All installations are built to order based on the original site measurements taken by our survey team, or from architects’ drawings. Following the preparation and client approval of the posted glass balustrade, the handrails and balustrades are fabricated to the agreed measurements and delivered to site as soon as possible to meet the programme of agreed delivery date.

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The benefits of a posted glass balustrade system is having good access to key components ensures quick delivery and the fact that the majority of the assembly can be carried out in the factory ensures a speedy installation once on site.
The finished product is aesthetically superior to one that is made up on site because there are no unsightly welds, no sharp edges or angles, no deformation of bends and no grinding is necessary.
A consistent finish is obtained within an individual installation and the same appearance is guaranteed in projects throughout the UK.The installation is sustainable as, at the end of the life of the building, all components are recyclable.
A simple tint on the glass in-fills to a posted balustrade system, can often be sufficient to ensure that the boundaries of a stair or landing are recognised by a person with impaired vision, giving them a feeling of greater security.

Infill extended below the stair pitch line

Where there is no solid string to the stair on the stair well side, there is the possibility that the open triangle would allow a sphere of 100mm diameter to pass through (see the guidance in Approved Document K to the Building Regulations for England and Wales). To avoid this, Clearvue glass Balustrading Solutions can provide a balustrade infill that extends below the pitch line of the stair to block this potentially unsafe gap.

Structural stability

The balustrade can resist a uniformly distributed line load of up to 1.5 kN/m, making it suitable for use on all staircases, except those that are likely to be subject to overcrowding by the general public. To view the British Standards click here.

Durability

Due to the choice of marine grade stainless steel, this system can be used equally well internally and externally, even in the most aggressive environments. It is suitable, therefore, for a wide range of building types. Maintenance is minimal with any marks being removed using a damp cloth.

Touch characteristics

Stainless steel has a very high thermal conductivity, making it feel colder to touch than nylon-sleeved galvanised steel or timber. It is, therefore, not recommended externally for public buildings in parts of the country or exposed sites where, in winter, handrails or balustrading could become very cold to touch. To view the British Standards click here.

Tactile characteristics

All handrails and balustrades finish by returning to a wall or with a closed end. This tells a visually impaired user that they have reached the end of a flight and ensures that clothing cannot be snagged on an open-ended rail. Handrails terminate either with a rose fixing on the wall or with a stop end.


The glass thickness for this type of balustrade can range from 10 mm thk monolithic glass (with a top rail), 11.52 mm laminated glass (without a top rail) in order to comply with Building Regulations.  The height regulation for this type of balustrade is 1100 mm high (outdoors) or 900 mm high (indoors).

The tube thickness for this type of balustrade system can be 42.2 mm as standard or the larger 48.3 mm upon request.