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The popularity of glass clamps and their benefits in a changing market place

The growth in popularity of glass clamps has flourished in recent times due to the aesthetic benefits of glass and minimal hardware. Specifically, the sense of space, light and air that glass provides mean glass railings and balustrades are a common site in towns and cities across the UK.

 

There are many benefits to using a glass balustrade with glass clamps, including the aesthetic benefits gained through the use of large panels of glass with clamps to create the ‘all glass’ look. A glass clamp balustrade can make any interior or exterior space look bright and airy.

 

Toughened glass and metal glass clamps are tremendously tough and durable. When used in combination to create balustrading the end result is a safe and secure barrier or screening.

 

For further peace of mind British Standards 6180:2011 gives guidance and recommendations for the construction of railings and balustrades.

Glass clamps for balustrades

Important criteria includes the material selection for the balustrades; the specified height that balustrades are to be constructed to; the various loadings that balustrades are meant to withstand; and the application or use of the balustrades and how this affects the design.

 

Additionally, glass clamp balustrades are very easy to clean and maintain. A simple lint-free cloth and a good glass cleaner is all you’ll need to keep your glass balustrade looking new.

 

Finally, glass clamps continue to be popular because they suit a variety of applications and design styles whether inside, outside, modern, traditional or eclectic interiors!

 

They feature widespread commercially and domestically in shopping centres, stadia, apartments, restaurants, hotels, homes and gardens.

Glass balustrade clamps

Traditional glass clamp design

The majority of the glass clamps on the market are incredibly similar in design, both mechanically and aesthetically. An L-shaped bracket that can be screwed into the post and base rail, and a double-sided rubber insert that holds the glass panel in place, with a plate to complete the clamp.

 

The clamps are typically square, rectangular or rounded ‘D’ shape in style, with a flat or radius back depending on the profile of the surface the clamp is being fixed to.

Glass clamps

A changing market place

Glass hardware innovation specialists OnLevel recently launched ‘Kronos’ the world’s first fully adjustable glass clamp. Kronos is a revolutionary new glass clamp that clamps glass securely, swiftly, via a simple ‘one piece’ connection.

 

The innovative ‘one piece’ design means the clamp can be taken straight out of the box and fixed into place, removing the need to assemble/disassemble a traditional multi part clamp and tricky rubber gaskets.

 

Made in Germany from one piece of high performance stainless steel it fits all post connections, flat, 42mm and 48mm posts from 8mm to 12.76mm glass with no fiddly pieces to buy separately (or lose).

 

The unique design means that just one clamp is required for all applications. Covers protect the whole surface and ensure a sleek smooth professional look from both sides of the clamp.

 

To complement a broad range of interior spaces and applications the Kronos glass clamp is available in a range of finishes. Due to its efficient ‘one piece’ design, Kronos provides a cost-effective alternative to traditional glass clamps.

 

The Kronos Glass Clamp was first launched in Germany and France, winning the prestigious Gold Award for innovation at the Batimat exhibition in Paris.

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