The Differencesbetween Frameless and Semi-Frameless Balustrading

  • April 24, 2019

When it comes to frameless and semi-frameless balustrading, many people get confused about which one is better suited for their property. While the visual appearance may be similar between the two, there’s a standard and a code that defines which category each balustrading type belongs to. Plus on closer inspection, you’ll find that there are a number of significant differences upon the two. Read on to find out the difference between frameless and semi-frameless balustrading.

Frameless Glass Balustrading

Frameless glass balustrading is typically constructed using stainless steel and glass. The easiest way to figure out if a system is considered frameless is if the handrail is supported by the glass or a separate structure such as stainless steel posts. When the handrail is supported by the glass alone, the glass becomes a structurally significant part of the assembly. The handrail design is critical due to the increased role it plays in preventing a person from falling if a glass panel breaks. As a frameless glass balustrade lacks any posts and is suspended, it offers a clear view that’s more aesthetically pleasing. For this reason, frameless glass balustrading is highly sought after by customers who want to maintain their views.

Semi-Frameless Glass Balustrading

Semi-frameless glass balustrading is a more affordable option compared to frameless glass balustrades, as the glass doesn’t have to be as thick due to being supported by posts, with each post supporting each panel. They can be constructed of stainless steel or aluminium with glass infill panels. The glass is considered to be a non-structural "infill" panel because the main steel or aluminium structure is the component that prevents it from falling from a landing or staircase. The thickness and type of glass is generally of a lighter duty, however the glass is still safe and designed not to break even if someone runs into it. For more information on frameless and semi-frameless glass balustrading, get in touch with the team at Aussie Balustrading & Stairs today. We’re happy to answer any questions you may have and provide expert advice and assistance.

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What You Need to Consider with DIY Glass Pool Fencing

  • March 22, 2019

If you’re thinking about installing DIY glass pool fencing, there are many things you need to consider beforehand. To help you get started, Aussie Balustrading & Stairs details some of the most important considerations when opting for DIY glass pool fencing.

Buying the Right Parts

It’s essential that you purchase all the right parts so your pool fencing can be built to the highest standard. It’s recommended that you purchase DIY stainless steel kits that come with all the essential fittings you need, ensuring you have everything on hand to complete the job.

Speaking to the Council

If you plan on building a DIY glass pool fence, it’s essential to first speak to your local council to ensure you’re adhering to all pool fence regulations. This may mean building your fence to a certain height or having particular locks installed to keep children safe. A building permit may also be required prior to installing, constructing or altering a fence, or for altering doors and gates that restrict access to a swimming pool or spa area. By adhering to the right guidelines, you can ensure the safety of your loved ones and save money by getting your fence right the first time.

Knowing Your Desired Layout

Before erecting DIY glass pool fencing, you should have a good idea of your desired layout. This means planning and researching different ways in which your pool fencing could work. You’ll also need to consider how much space you have available and the dimensions of your backyard in order to ensure that your fencing will fit in comfortably. It’s important that you take the time to work out your desired layout and make sure all measurements are correct.

Taking Position of Gates into Account

Finally, you must consider the positioning of your gates when you decide to build a DIY glass pool fence. This allows you to ensure maximum functionality and convenience of the gates. It’s also important to determine an optimal fixing method, such as spigots or posts. For more information on DIY glass pool fencing, speak to the experts at Aussie Balustrading & Stairs today.

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How to Keep Your Glass Pool Fencing Looking its Best

  • February 28, 2019

Glass is one of the most popular choices when it comes to pool fencing. Not only is it visually appealing to the eye, but it’s also an affordable option. It boasts a range of benefits over other fencing materials, including being easy to clean and non-corrosive. Glass fencing also allows for your view to be maintained, making it easier to keep an eye on the kids in the pool or simply admire your outdoor area. To ensure your glass pool fencing continues looking its best, it’s important to keep it clean and well maintained. Read on to find out some helpful tips to care for glass fencing.

Clean Regularly

It’s essential to regularly clean your glass pool fencing every four to six months, although this can vary depending on where you live and how exposed the glass is to the natural elements. Use a hose to lightly rinse the glass and then use a rag or a piece of scrunched up newspaper to remove any build-up. These materials are effective and abrasive but won’t cause scratches. After you’ve removed all dirt and debris, use a sponge and warm, soapy water to clean the glass. Finish with a microfibre cloth that prevents streaks.

Avoid Using Harsh Glass Cleaners

When cleaning your glass pool fencing, it’s important to stay away from harsh glass cleaners that could damage the fencing components. For tough ground-in bore or calcium stains, use gentle products that are specifically designed for glass and granite cleaning. It’s also essential to ensure there isn’t any sand or dirt on the glass when cleaning, as this can cause damage. You can remove sand and dirt by simply hosing it down with clean water.

Apply a Protective Coating on the Glass

Finally, it’s important to apply a protective coating on your glass pool fence. This will help prevent dust and dirt from accumulating and keep the glass looking cleaner for longer. You should apply a coating once a year to ensure your glass pool fencing always looks clean and impressive. For more information on pool glass fencing, get in touch with the friendly team at Aussie Balustrading & Stairs. We’re happy to help you out with any enquiry, regardless of your needs.

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3 Reasons Why Stainless Steel is Ideal for Balustrading

  • January 25, 2019

With a sleek and contemporary look and feel, stainless steel is ideal for balustrading. A stainless steel balustrade has the ability to combine old and new together while working well paired with contrasting textures of wood, glass and stone. Furthermore, stainless steel is extremely durable and rarely needs any maintenance other than an occasional clean. This makes it the perfect solution for balustrading for stairs, fencing, balconies and more. Read on to discover three other reasons why stainless steel is ideal for balustrading.

Many Types Available

There are many types and grades of stainless steel readily available for balustrading. 304 is a general-purpose stainless steel that’s often used for architectural and domestic products. It contains 18 per cent chromium and 8 per cent nickel, meaning harsh environments won't affect the final product. Another popular type of stainless steel is 316, which is a marine grade option. It contains 18 per cent chromium and 10 per cent nickel, making it highly corrosion resistant.

Wide Range of Finishes

Stainless steel is available in a wide range of finishes, making it perfect for balustrading. Available finishes include high polish and satin, allowing you to achieve your desired look. High polished stainless steel provides a mirrored finish that’s created by polishing and buffing the steel with specialist polishing machinery. It’s more suitable for external balustrading, as it doesn’t stain easily. In comparison, a satin finish gives the metal a distinctive textured look, with a pattern of very fine lines that appear parallel to the brushing direction.

Beneficial Properties

Stainless steel is perfect for balustrading, as it doesn’t easily rust or corrode. This makes it ideal for harsh environments, with a thin protective layer around the metal providing protection when exposed to oxygen. But while it’s resistant to water and air, stainless steel can be prone to staining if used in coastal areas. In order to care for your balustrading in a coastal area, you must wipe it down with a cloth regularly. To enquire about available stainless steel balustrading for stairs, pool fencing, balconies and more, contact Aussie Balustrading & Stairs today.

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The Advantages of Frameless Balustrading

  • January 9, 2019

If you’re looking for an alternative to a traditional stair railing, frameless balustrading is the perfect option. Regardless of whether you’re building a new house or renovating an existing one, frameless balustrading is compliant with the Building Code of Australia (BCA) AS1288 and is capable of matching any décor due to its sleek and sophisticated look. Able to be used for stairs, pool fences, hand rails and privacy screens, it’s a suitable solution for a wide range of applications. Read on to find out some of the many benefits of frameless balustrading.

Adds Value

The number one benefit of frameless balustrading is that it can help increase the value of your house. No one wants to buy a property where work needs to be done or unattractive balustrades are in place. However, installing stylish frameless balustrading can help to increase the interest in your home and boost the price you can receive for it. In addition, frameless balustrading can be cut to any size or shape, giving your property a unique and completely customised look.

Tough and Durable

Frameless balustrading is tough and durable, meaning it will stand the test of time. This is because it’s made from Grade A toughened glass that’s been heat-soaked to make it virtually indestructible. It won’t shatter if people or pets run into it, plus it’s also storm proof. Even the country’s strongest storms are highly unlikely to crack or break this extra durable glass.

Visually Appealing

Frameless balustrading is visually appealing, as it’s constructed to look sleek and modern. The stainless steel hardware that holds the glass panels in place are high-quality and look stunning next to the clear glass. Some styles can be hidden, making it look like the balustrade is holding itself up.

Safe and Versatile

Finally, frameless balustrading is a safe option, as the glass is approximately 12 mm thick and meets all Australian safety standards. It also satisfies all requirements of the Building Code of Australia for balustrades and handrails, complying with acceptable construction practice in relation to safe movement and access. As well as being safe, frameless balustrading is also quite versatile. Depending on what you like and what goes with your decor, you can choose from top mounted rails or slim side mounted rails that can be affixed to your walls. For extra privacy, the frameless balustrading also come as Frosted or Acid Etched. For more information on frameless balustrading, contact Aussie Balustrading & Stairs today. We can help you with all your frameless balustrading needs and provide a solution that fully complies with all performance requirements of the Building Code of Australia.

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