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Frameless Glass Balustrades Frequently Asked Questions

Choose a Frameless Glass Balustrade from FGC and enjoy all be benefits of a contemporary feature in your home, inside and out. If you are thinking about renovating a patio, your staircase or you have a flat roof terrace you want to enjoy; our frameless glass balustrades could provide the solution in your home. We answer the most common Frameless Glass Balustrades Frequently Asked Questions.

Frameless Glass Balustrades Frequently Asked Questions

Information about frameless glass balustrades.

Here’s what you should know about frameless glass balustrades. You can contact us via our website or visit our factory and offices in Chatham, Kent.

At FGC our stylish balustrade systems are professionally installed and guaranteed to enhance your home. We work with you to ensure you get the most suitable glass and metal combination with the most beautiful glass and excellent grade of metal, fixtures and fittings.

What is a frameless glass Balustrade?

A balustrade is made from quality toughened safety glass with metal fixtures and fittings attached to a metal handrail. Choose from post and rail systems, wire rope balustrades, all glass systems or decorative glass button designs. Our quality frameless glass balustrades are made in the UK.

Are frameless balustrades suitable for the home?

Absolutely. We have installed these in many residential properties, on flat roofs, as a replacement for old wooden stair bannisters and rails as well as to create a visual barrier and decorative outside patio. You can use our balustrades where internal levels change and in stairwells.

Our frameless glass balustrades are chosen for their quality making them suitable for inside or outside your home. They’re also ideal for bars, shops, restaurants and offices.

What colours are available in frameless glass balustrades?

Our frameless glass balustrades are chosen for the contemporary appearance and this glass and metal work best. We offer satin or polished metals. For the glass, this is clear although obscure or sandblasted glass can be provided on special order.

If you like the chrome effect, we recommend our mirror polished finish.

Do metal balustrades rust?

All metals such as stainless steel will eventually corrode or rust. This depends on the exposure of the balustrade and the routine care and maintenance. Stainless steel remains one of the best options for balustrade systems but will require some maintenance such as regular cleaning with the correct cleaning solutions. Routine cleaning will preserve the life of the metal.

What grade of stainless steel do glass balustrades have?

The grade of steel is chosen to suit the application. There is 304-grade steel or the more durable marine grade 316. 316 stainless steel is suggested for external applications and 304 internally.

What is the quality of balustrade fixtures and fittings?

The fixtures and components used in our frameless glass balustrades are designed for safety first and foremost. You are guaranteed a professional installation with the best quality fixtures and fittings as well as experienced installers that are trained in this specialist product.

All our products vary, but the design is based on bespoke channels, toughened single glass and optional top handrails.

Where do you fit external balustrades?

One of the reasons you choose our frameless slide and fold doors is the big glass panels and minimal frame that connect the inside of your home to the outside. Our balustrades are no exception.

Outside we have fitted our balustrades to balconies, decking areas, provided railings to section off a garden and they look great in front of first floor Juliet Balcony doors or to a barrier on a flat roof. Contact us with your ideas, and we can help.

Don’t forget the handrails and glass are superior quality for outdoor use, the winter climate and the summer sunshine. The grade of metal can be chosen to meet your particular project. All our frameless glass balustrades meet the appropriate British Standards and Building Regulations where they apply.

What is the length of a balustrade handrail?

All our balustrades are bespoke to suit your home. If you are looking for a long handrail, the maximum length is six metres. The bannister ends feature a purpose-designed end cap or plug which comes as a domed, grooved or tapered design.

Do I have to have glass with a frameless balustrade?

As well as glass, there is the option of 4mm steel wire, metal tubes or bars.

How thick is the glass on frameless balustrades?

The glass in your balustrades is designed to suit the installation with safety first with great aesthetics. The thinnest glass available is 10mm thick toughened glass that is immensely strong. We can even provide other glass thicknesses right up to 21mm. The option of laminated glass is available as well. Glass comes in a maximum of 1.2m square.

What is the difference between laminated and toughened glass?

Laminated glass is the windscreen of a car, and toughened glass is on the side and rear windows. Toughened safety glass is up to five times stronger than ordinary glass meaning it is much more resistant to force before it breaks. The thicker the glass, the harder this is. Should toughened glass break it becomes thousands of small pieces of glass that are far less dangerous than glass shards.

Laminated glass is ordinary glass but two panes sandwiched over a plastic inner layer. Should the glass break there the plastic layer ensures it is held together with no glass shards and the whole piece stays together even though it is broken.

What is the ideal height for a balustrade?

We work to the highest standards and current Building Regulations. Building regulations state balustrades should be 900mm high on stairs and 1100mm elsewhere.

If you would like further information, contact us today for a free quotation.

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What our customers say

City View Projects, Battersea

As to how we were from initial contact (were we polite)? Extremely polite & very helpful. Arranging installation (were we on time and on schedule) Excellent, on time & schedule. Were we clean and tidy? Yes. And finally are you pleased with our doors (would you Recommend us)? My next design & build project I

Great product, beautiful & add value to the house

FGC built my frameless porch as per the attached photo. The work was carried on time by their professional fitters. The quality of their work is outstanding. Nothing was overlooked and the final product was

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Mr E @ Elmwood lane Berwick on Elmet

On first contact you talked and demonstrated the unit, the installers were very polite, clean and tidy. I am very pleased with the product and I would recommend FGD to other people. 20150113

ABCO, Southampton

On the day of installation your fitters arrived on time and commenced with the installation. They were courteous and polite and left the work area clean and tidy. I would be happy for you to use the installation as a promotional example of your work. 20150218

HP

Yes we are very pleased with the doors and would recommend them. Initial contact was done by our neighbour at Kingswood so cannot comment, however, the price we were initially quoted was incorrect and significantly lower than it turned out to be. Not sure why. We at Derwent only had a verbal quotation. The installation

Great Service

These guys are great initial installation was very rimely and efficient – the product ia fabulous and today we had a slight issue two years after inatallation and FGC came ‘next day at 7am’ and fixed the problem immediately real professional outfit – heartily recommend

Kevin O'Regan
Kevin

First Class Service from FGC

Hi All . Just wanted to say how pleased we are with the glass porch fitted by your company yesterday it looks stunning. compliments as well to your installers who were apart from being very skilled fitters were clean, tidy and courteous and as such a credit to your company. I have had first class

Chris
Chris

Work ethic simply cannot be doubted

Can I also thank your fitting team for turning out in atrocious weather that day, their work ethic simply cannot be doubted, please pass on our thanks to them and everyone involved for the service we have received. The doors look fantastic and we hope to add a third set, perhaps later this year.  

Mr and Mrs W

the amazing glass door from FGC

The amazing glass door has transformed our kitchen and given it a wonderful inside/outside living feel and flooded the room with sunlight. It’s a fantastic product. The whole team at FGC were superb.

Gerry Geddes
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Mr M W

We had been looking for ages for the solution to fill two large spaces leading from the house to our new Orangery. From the moment Gary showed us the product at Partridge Farm we knew it was just what we wanted. A year later and we are still delighted. We broke one of the glass

Mr G H

I was very impressed with your facilties and how all the aspects of my purchase were explained. Your installers were thorough and polite and finished off the installation well, and would have no problem in reccommending you to others. Your aftercare was very good and prompt. All in alll very impressed with the doors and

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