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Glass balustrading is now the ‘go to’ solution for most new build apartment blocks with outdoor areas and balconies. The same is true of houses, shopping centres, hotels and homes across the UK.  Glass balustrading whether a frameless or post based system has been increasing year on year. Balustrades can be made from various materials, such as wood, metal, stone, and plastic, but it’s the glass balustrade that grabs the limelight. Whilst the benefits of glass balustrading might be fairly well known, following we set out the top five benefits of an OnLevel glass balustrade solution:

1. Easy Installation

In general terms installing a frameless or post glass balustrade is quicker than balustrades made out of other materials such as wood, metal, stone, and plastic. Some glass options only consist of glass panels, channel and handrail, which means that the balustrade can be installed swiftly.

 

Alternative glass options may take a bit more time, but they still offer easy, quick installation when compared to alternative materials.

 

Furthermore, OnLevel’ s innovative Flex-Fit system provide further ease of installation and reduced installation time. With this system for frameless glass balustrades it is possible to adjust each individual glass plate up to 40 millimetres towards the perpendicular line. It is the solution for a perfect and safe alignment of glass balustrades. With just a simple sliding movement the installer is able to precisely position glass and reduce the assembly time by some 30%.

2. Design Flexibility

Glass is a material that can be seamlessly used with a number of materials to create stunning spaces, and glass balustrade hardware is available in a range of finishes and colours to suit numerous design requirements.

 

In addition to aesthetic benefits, OnLevel provide installation and deign versatility with their Flex-fit system. Flex-Fit is safer than traditional glass balustrade fixing solutions which often require you to work from both the balcony side and the void side. Flex-Fit can be fully operated from the balcony side. Not only is it safer, rental costs for scaffolding or a cherry picker are eliminated!

3. Clear views and plenty of light!

Adding a glass balustrade system to a building is a great way of getting loads of natural light into an interior space or letting light flood through in an exterior space such as a garden area.

 

Frameless glass balustrades are an ideal addition to any garden or outdoor relaxation area, whether at home or in the commercial sector. The subtle, unobtrusive design blends seamlessly with the outside world, allowing clear views of the surrounding garden and landscape ahead. Whilst providing a protective low-level screen from the elements and the unpredictable changes in the UK weather.

 

Another benefit of light flowing through interior and exterior spaces is the illusion of more space. This is why glass balustrading systems are great for staircases where light and space are often restricted.

4. Safe and Secure

Toughened glass panels used in glass balustrades have a high impact and heat resistance. The process of heating the glass then rapidly cooling it during the toughening procedure, creates various malleable stresses on to the surface of the glass.

 

Contractions throughout the glass then causes stresses and an increase in strength within the glass panel structure. The increase in strength means toughened glass is an incredibly durable product. It is also safe, toughened glass doesn’t break easily but if it does it will break into tiny particles making it safe to use in lots of applications, including the family home.

 

Furthermore, all reputable glass balustrade systems go through rigorous testing and have to comply with British Standards (or relevant standards for the country the system is being installed in) for different types of applications, to ensure safety and peace of mind.

5. They look great!

Glass balustrade systems look great, whether in a modern, traditional or indifferent setting! Glass balustrades add beauty to any building, bringing sophistication and elegance to any interior or exterior space. In recent years the sleek and simple look of glass balustrades has been the preferred chose for home owner and designer alike.

 

Should you be looking to start a new project or refurbish your home a glass balustrade system is sure to look great and add value.

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