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Measuring Your Balustrade: Centreline Vs Overall

Measuring your balustrade is extremely important, we manufacture the systems to your specifications, these bespoke designs rely on accurate measurements from yourself or one of our surveyors. This guide contains all the top tips to ensure that you give us the correct measurements for us to make your bespoke system.#

To make the process as simple as possible we ask that you measure the outside edge of the area where you wish to place your balustrade on. See below, the blue line represents the outside measurement;

 

Outside/Overall Measurement

The distances around the outside edge of the base area to which the balustrade is being fixed to.

SHS Products - How to Measure a balustrade - outside line - overall

Centre Line Measurement

The measurements beginning from the centre of the balustrade post running through until the centre of the last post on that particular run. Note: In the case of our Frameless system the centre line runs through the centre of the Aluminium channel shoe. When fitting your balustrade you will need to know the centre line measurements of your system so you can use them to place your posts and fit the system correctly.

 

SHS Products - How to Measure a balustrade - centreline

Watch our video guide below or take a look at our example diagrams below, the Professional system centreline starts in the middle of the first post and ends at the centre of the last post, while the centreline for the Frameless runs through the middle of the channel shoe.

Balustrade measurement diagram - Overall measurement - outside measurement - centreline measurement

SHS Products - frameless centre line measurement

 

Once your order has been processed you will receive a drawing for approval. Please note: some of our drawings show centre line measurements. So if the measurement appears smaller than the overall measurement provided, it is because we have made deductions to calculate the centre line of your system. Your overall measurement will stay the same.

 

Now those pesky lines are all measured you can see below our simple breakdowns on how to measure our most popular systems.

 

Professional, Elegance & Wire Rope Systems

Our standard base plates for these systems are 120mm in diameter, 125mm when the cover is on. Therefore the distance from the centre of the post to the edge of the baseplate is 62.5mm, but when marking out/installing your posts we always allow for a 75mm gap from the edge as shown below:

SHS Products - How to measure - Professional - Elegance - Wire Rope - Gap

Infinity & Square Systems

Our Square and Infinity base plates are 100mm in diameter. Therefore the distance from the centre of the post to the edge of the baseplate is 50mm, but when marking out/installing your posts we always allow for a 60mm gap from the edge, as shown below:

SHS Products - How to measure - Square - Infinity - Gap

Frameless System

We allow 35mm when we calculate the centre line of our aluminium channel shoe as shown below:

SHS Products - How to measure - Frameless centreline - gap

 

For further advice surrounding measuring and installing your balustrade please visit our brochure page here or our installation videos here.

 

To speak with one of our customer advisors call 01922 743842 and select option 1 for Sales or option 2 for Operations/Aftersales.

 

UPDATED [19/09/16]: Check out our measuring guide videos for flat surfaces and stairs below.

 


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