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What Glass to be for Railings and Stairs?

What Glass to be for Railings and Stairs?

What Glass Should Be Used for Balustrades?

Balustrades are used along the edge of balconies, stairs and mezzanines. They are comprised of a top handrail and a row of supporting balusters. Glass is a popular material used as an infill panel between balusters, or as an integral structural unit.

Why Glass?

Balustrades are primarily a safety barrier, but they serve an additional architectural purpose as part of the overall exterior or interior design. Glass provides a seamless, modern aesthetic and uninterrupted views.

Standard Balustrades

Standard balustrades such as those used on balconies and stairs utilize strengthened, laminated glass, which is coated with a thin film of plastic. This plastic prevents the glass from shattering upon impact.

Cantilever Balustrades

Frameless balustrades use toughened glass panels, which bear the full load of the balustrade. They require structural glass, which is set into a alloy or metal bottom channel.

Glass Designs

Glass can be colored, frosted or patterned in a myriad of combinations. The left below photo is the glass balustrade project for Guangzhou museum, tinted tempered glass is black, and the right one is frosted tempered glass.

What Glass to be for Railings and Stairs? frosted tempered glass

Safety Standards

Balustrades serve a safety purpose in the home and in commercial settings. Regulations exist to prescribe glass strength, maximum allowable gaps, overall height, and maximum panel size, to ensure the safety of glass balustrades.

Tempered glass of Demose uses

Tempered glass is as the main material for Demose railing system, there are 2 kinds of tempered glass, one is general tempered glass (toughened glass), 19mm/15mm/10mm/12mm/8mm/6mm available, 12mm safety glass is mainly used. The other is laminated tempered glass, 12mm+1.52PVB+12mm, 10mm+0.76PVB+10mm, 5mm+0.38PVB+5mm for choices. This kind of tempered glass are commonly used as stair tread board.  (PVB: Poly Vinyl Butyral)

stairs glass tread boards

As glass material is so commonly used in our life, how to maintenance and clear the glass balustrade or glass stairs?