Types of Balustrade Glass

2 years ago 0 category Knowledge Centre Product Info

At SHS Products, glass is central to what we do! We use it in the majority of our balustrade systems. Our manufacturing facilities mean we have many different options available for our systems including Toughened, Toughened Laminated, Coloured and Frosted.

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The difference between Toughened and Toughened Laminated

Toughened glass is thermally or chemically treated to make it tougher. It works by essentially ‘pressuring’ the material and the insides are under more tension. This in turn makes it stronger. These small pieces are less likely to cause an injury and therefore used in a lot of demanding applications, including balustrades. Toughened Laminated glass is two Toughened panels stuck together with an EVA plastic interlayer. This interlayer ensures that even if the panel is broken, it doesn’t shatter and is held together in one piece.

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Left: Toughened, Right: Toughened Laminated

What thicknesses are available?

Toughened glass comes in thicknesses of 10mm, 12mm, 15mm and 19mm. Toughened Laminated is available in 10.76mm, 11.5mm, 17.5mm and 21.5mm. Bear in mind that not all panel types are available for every one of our systems; you can find out which glass sizes are available for which balustrade in the ‘Specifications’ tab on the individual balustrade pages.

SHS Products - Toughened Safety Glass Panel - Infinity Install Guide

Frosted, coloured and bronzed

Frosted glass is available on many of our balustrades. It adds an element of privacy to your balustrade, especially if situated on a balcony. Different tints are also available too for a few of our systems if you fancy a splash of colour! For more information, contact us today – our friendly team will be happy to discuss your options. We also offer a bronze tint which, much like frosted glass, adds that element of privacy to your balustrade.


What sizes are available?

When ordering a balustrade, the glass is cut to a bespoke size in order to suit your needs. However, each system has a ‘maximum center’ which is for safety and indicates how wide the panel can be between posts for that particular balustrade. You will also need to consider the height of the panel. Our glass is generally cut to a ‘standard height’ for safety, but whether your bespoke balustrade will pass regulations depends on where you are installing it. Our team are always happy to discuss your options with you!


So, that’s a summary of our glass panels! If you have any questions regarding bespoke sizing, please don’t hesitate to contact us on the phone number at the top of the page! Alternatively, you can click HERE to request a call back.



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