Glazed – frameless on standoffs.
A popular choice due to both cost and design simplicity. Standoff and buttons or patch nuts can be provided in either 38mm or 50mm diameter and this may be specified either for aesthetics or for engineering requirements. Often the standoffs are powdercoated to match the stair colour to help them blend with the background
Glazed – frameless with sandwich plate and cover plate to stringer.
This design integrates the glass with the stringer, providing a concealed fix solution. It is also slimline and has the great advantage over grout in glass in that the glass can be removed if ever required. The aluminium cover is either painted insitu or powdercoated / wet sprayed off site prior to install. The overall look is as though the glass is sandwiched between 2 pates of equal thickness. This example has an integrated capping handrail due to space restrictions.
Glazed – frameless grout in to stringer channel.
Grouting glass into a stringer or balustrade channel is a common detail though not always a practical or time efficient alternative. It does provide a very secure and permanent fixing method and often is structurally required. The sandwich plate design is generally a superior alternative but not always possible to integrate.This example has an aluminium cover strip covering the grout which is often untidy due to the installation process.
Glazed – frameless with sandwich plate and cover plate to stringer with posts.
As per the standard sandwich plate design, the glass is frameless and conceal captured in the stringer but has additional posts to support the handrail independent of the glass.
Glazed – frameless with posts and spider fittings.
Providing a typically higher strength design, this balustrade has a myriad of alternatives in the finishing and style of the posts and glass connections. The example has a spider style patch fitting off a stainless steel flat bar post. Post options could include mild steel painted or stainless steel flat bar or tube posts.
Steel plate – integrated stringer.
Involving a high degree of expertise and site fabrication, the integrated plate balustrade generally forms a structural member of the stair as well as being a balustrade. This example was fully welded and painted insitu for a superior and seamless result.Plate would typically be from 10mm minimum, subject to engineering requirements.
Joinery clad balustrade.
This style of balustrade is wide and varied in its examples and applications. Generally a joinery clad balustrade will consist of a structural steel sub-frame which will provide the integrity to the design and will be over clad with a joinery member that has been completely fabricated off site. Our site carpenters then would complete the installation to a high level of finish onsite.
Steel Picket balustrade – separate element.
The example here has a flat bar picket with an integrated tube top rail which doubles as the handrail. The balustrade panel is mechanically fixed to the top of the PFC stringer via a continuous flat bar bottom plate, with a defined 10x10shadow line detail at the intersection. This design is suited to narrow staircases where the handrail cannot be inboard of the balustrade.
Steel Picket balustrade – integrated.
The example here has a flat bar picket and the balustrade panel is fully integrated with the stair. This design typically has the handrail inboard as a completely separate element with the steel picket barrier rising well above the standard minimum of 1000mm to around 1100mm or 1200mm. All mild steel components would be prepared and primed off site with either hand or spray applied top coats being completed after site fabrication
Steel Picket balustrade – custom or wrought iron style.
he example here was a decorative“wrought iron” style square bar picket and balustrade panel and was mechanically connected to the stair. This design typically has the handrail inboard as a completely separate element with the steel picket barrier rising above the standard minimum of 1000mm. In this example we were matching an existing detail but most alternatives would be able to be fabricated. All mild steel components would be prepared and primed off site with either hand or spray applied top coats being completed after site fabrication
Timber blade or batton screen balustrade.
A common design feature of modern architecture,especially in office environments is the vertical blade screen. Adapted here as a balustrade design, this barrier would typically be constructed from hardwood timber with Victoria Ash being a minimum grade. All fixings are concealed by rebated and dowel plugged fixing holes. Site finishing could be either oiled, lime washed (as example) or stained, according to the aesthetics of the environment.
Woven mesh balustrade.
A strong and low maintenance alternative to glass, woven mesh is typically from stainless steel and comes in a range of patterns and weights. Typically mesh needs to be fitted into a full surround frame which in turn is fitted between posts as per this example.Frame finish and material could be varied from galvanized mild steel (as example) through to powdercoated stainless steel. Mesh is also available in limited patterns in brass which could also be fitted into a brass frame.
A simple yet effective design, mild or stainless steel weld mesh can be fully welded into the balustrade frame for a cost efficient and more industrial style balustrade design. In this example, all panels were made and pretreated off site with the final site coating being done onsite after fabrication completion.
Perforated metal balustrade.
A popular design alternative with a myriad of options, this balustrade is comprised of a perforated aluminium sheet restrained within a full surround frame.While it can be finished in any colour, we note however that dark or black finishes as in this example contribute to a light weight and transparent appearance due to the good light transmission. Support posts provide structural adequacy to the handrail and panels. Patterns and hole sizes can be varied as required and even pictures incorporated in purpose punched designs.
High load rated balustrade.
Depending on the building type and expected usage, it is a common requirement for balustrades to have to be designed to withstand loads of 1.5kN and 3.0kN. Such loadings are sometimes referred to as Crowd Loading. Examples of this would be in Universities, shopping centres, public areas and sports stadiums.
Designs could include heavy laminated structural glass balustrades through to all steel variations.