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    Glass balustrades versus wire balustrades: what you should consider before specifying

    Miami Stainless

    Miami Stainless has recently updated their Revit files for glass and wire balustrade systems, helping architects and designers with all the tools necessary to achieve their design vision. The downloadable Revit files include railing systems for glass and wire balustrade systems.

    Miami Stainless explains the finer points of the two balustrade systems and the differences to be considered before specifying these products in any project.

    Wire balustrade systems

    Airflow

    Wire or cable balustrades allow full airflow to the surrounding area.

    Views

    Wires used in balustrades are only 3.2mm, and only faintly obscure the views.

    Installation

    Quick and relatively simple to install, wire balustrades can be either swaged or crimped onsite, or factory swaged and supplied ready to install.

    Safety

    Wire is NCC Regulation compliant. For installations in areas measuring more than 4 metres, vertical wire installation is required. Wire spacing should not exceed 80mm.

    Maintenance

    Easy to maintain, wire balustrades require only periodic cleaning with a stainless steel cleaning cloth and protectant.

    Glass balustrade systems

    Airflow

    Depending on the use of channels, continuous glass or spigots in installation, glass balustrades can greatly restrict airflow to the surrounding areas.

    Views

    Glass balustrades offer excellent views in daylight, and allow light to easily flow from one area to another. However, when used on a deck or balcony, views could be hindered at night due to reflection.

    Installation

    Glass balustrades need to be installed by qualified tradespeople. When installed on a staircase, the glass will need to be templated and cut to size, potentially impacting timelines.

    Safety

    Glass thickness, lamination and tempering can be specified for varying safety and security levels.

    Maintenance

    Glass balustrades require regular cleaning. Alternatively, high quality glass or glass pre-treated with protectants can reduce the cleaning requirement.

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