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.