A glass balustrade is a structure that acts primarily as a safety barrier between two or more different zones. It is designed to stop anyone from falling off the edge of a staircase or balcony. Glass pool balustrades have been used for decades and come in different shapes and materials. The most popular balustrades are made of glass and can either be fully framed, semi-frameless or fully frameless.
Many different types of glass can be used to make glass balustrades. This includes tempered glass, safety glass, annealed glass, heat-strengthened and structural glass. Not only is it important for glass balustrades to be aesthetically appealing but the material must meet Australian standards.
Prior to the 2006 update to the Australian Standards, the use of glass balustrades was considered a high risk as the load was not monitored and regulated. When you are considering installing a glass balustrade, you need to ensure it complies with the Building Code of Australia (BCA) Parts 3.9.1 and 3.9.2, Volume 2 and Australian Standard 1170.1.
Railings are required under Building Codes laws. For structures over 1m from the floor level, a handrail must be fitted. This will act as a supporting barrier if the glass breaks and will prevent people from falling or walking through. Toughened laminated safety glass may however be installed without a handrail. Retrofitting handrails are also an alternative to be considered and can fit it in well with different designs.
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