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Glass Balustrade Options


Tkstairs are a supplier of stairs with glass balustrades in place of the traditional spindles which are usually supplied on a staircase, we’re able to offer a variety of options, some of which are outlined below, however we can offer more bespoke options on request.

Contents:

Large Glass Panels - Embedded
Large glass panels - With Brackets
Small Glass panels - Embedded
Other Types Of Glass Panels

Large Glass Panels - Embedded;

This is currently the most popular option on we offer due to the minimalist look they create.

These made to measure glass panels sit inside a groove in the handrail and bottomrail and are secured in place when fitting the stairs with clear silicon and spacers (infill) which we supply with the handrail & bottomrail if ordered together.

We CNC cut each piece of glass specifically so that it fits perfectly into your new staircase.

Embedded panels are manufactured using 10mm toughened glass with polished edges.


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Additional Technical Information;

The technical drawing to the right shows an example of how these panels are fitted within the stairs.

So, in the example to the right, the horizontal gap between the two posts is 1074mm, we would then leave a horizontal gap of 45mm at the start & end.

So, the horizontal panel dimension would be 984mm.

The handrail would have a 30mm deep groove
The bottomrail would have a 13mm deep groove

N.B. It’s possible to fit the glass after fitting the handrail and bottomrail as the glass only sits 15mm into the groove in the handrail so the glass can be slid in afterward.

Please note;

The maximum dimension glass panel we recommend is 1100mm measured horizontally.
So on long longer runs, we would use multiple panels, each one separated by a 45mm horizontal gap.
However as these are all made to measure we can offer other options please contact us for more information.

Large Glass Panels - With Brackets

These made to measure glass panels are suspended in place using glass brackets which are screwed to the handrail and bottomrail, usually four glass brackets per panel.

We CNC cut each piece of glass specifically so that it fits perfectly into your new staircase.

These panels are manufactured using 10mm toughened glass with polished edges.

We’re able to offer the brackets either round, or square, please browse through the images for examples.


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Additional Technical Information

The technical drawing to the right shows an example of how these panels are fitted within the stairs.

So, in the example to the right, the horizontal gap between the two posts is 1075mm, the glass brackets require a 20mm gap, as such we would leave a 20mm gap all the way around.

So, the horizontal width of the panel would be 1035mm

The handrail and bottomrail would be supplied ungrooved for the brackets to screw into.

We recommend spacing the brackets as shown in the drawing, 160mm measured horizontally from the post to the centre of the circular part of the bracket, however this is down to preference.

N.B. It’s possible to fit the glass after fitting the handrail and bottomrail due to the way the glass brackets are designed (please browse through the images to the right for more information)

Large Glass Panels & Landings - Small glass panels - Embedded

These smaller glass panels are a fixed width of 200mm horizontal width, the advantage of this is that we keep them on stock for standard angle stairs (41° to 43°), and buy them in bulk as such they’re generally a little cheaper.

These glass panels sit inside a groove in the handrail and bottomrail and are secured in place when fitting the stairs with clear silicon and spacers (infill) which we supply with the handrail & bottomrail if ordered together.

They’re CNC cut 10mm toughened glass with polished edges.

N.B. we also offer 200mm wide glass panels on brackets in the form of the fusion range, please see information under “other types of glass panels”


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Additional Technical Information;

The technical drawing to the right shows an example of how these panels are fitted within the stairs.

So, in the example to the right, the horizontal gap between the two posts is 1075mm. The maximum gap you can have between the panels is 99mm (please see our building regulations page for more information).

As such, we would use four 200mm panels with five gaps of 55mm as shown. This is because if we used 3 panels and four gaps, the gaps would be 119mm.

With the embedded large glass panels in the previous example, we use a consistent gap and adjust the panel to suit the space. Where as with these smaller 200mm wide panels, we would adjust the gap to suit the panel.

The issue with this is that on each run of the staircase the gaps are likely to be different, however all panels will be the same 200mm horizontal width.

N.B. It’s possible to fit the glass after fitting the handrail and bottomrail as the glass only sits 15mm into the groove in the handrail so the glass can be slid in afterward.

N.B. On instances where the horizontal width between the posts is too small to fit a single glass panel, or where the angle doesn’t suit the off the shelf panels, we are able to order in made to measure 200mm wide glass panels to suit.

Other Types Of Glass Panels

Glass Panels on Cut String Stairs

The options above are all options for glass panels on standard design stairs, however it’s also possible to have glass panels on cut string stairs such as in the example to the left where the class is embedded into the treads and risers and CNC cut into a zig zag shape along the bottom.

We would manufacture each of these panels individually so suit the staircase we supplied you.

It’s achieved by putting a groove into each tread and riser and into the post and handrail which the glass slots into.

Contact us for a price for this type of staircase.


Fusion Glass Panels

The options above are all options for glass panels on standard design stairs, however it’s also possible to have glass panels on cut string stairs such as in the example to the left where the class is embedded into the treads and risers and CNC cut into a zig zag shape along the bottom.

We also offer Fusion glass panels, manufactured by Richard Burbidge, these are 200mm wide glass panels suitable for stairs between 38 and 45 degrees.

Each panel is held in place by two specially designed fusion glass brackets.

 

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