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How to install our Pinion Balustrade

Our Pinion Balustrade system is a Stainless Steel and glass system made up of steel posts with ‘arms’ that hold glass panels in place. This Balustrade is perfect for both internal and external uses, from balconies, decking or stairs. The Balustrade can also be customized with either clear or frosted glass in a range of sizes to suit your needs.

Installing this Balustrade is easy, too!Pinion glass bannister

Items Supplied: Pre-drilled and Tapped posts with welded base plates, base covers and Pinion glass clamps
Items Needed: 10mm Allen key


Assembling Your Posts
  • First, you need to put the base cover onto the post and slip onto the base plate.
  • Next, you will need to remove the button from your pinion glass clamp.
  • Then, you will need to fix the curved arm half of your pinion clamp to your post with your 10mm Allen Key. The arm will line up with the pre-drilled holes in your glass panel.
  • You’ll then have to repeat this process with all of your other posts.
  • When you’ve finished that leave the other halves to one side until the glass has been inserted.


Installing Your Posts

For this one, you’ll need a few items:

Make sure you have, Masking Tape, A Marker Pen and a Spirit Level.

  • First, lay down the masking tape where your posts will be placed.
  • Then, place your post on top and slide up your base cover.
  • Next, proceed to mark the posts fixing holes with your marker pen.
  • Finally, Repeat this process for all the individual posts, otherwise the holes may not align correctly.

Once these processes have been completed this is how it should look:Pinion Post Design

Fixings for Each Material

Wood:                            drill a 6mm pilot hole 80mm, use M8 x 80mm stainless steel coach screws.

Metal:                            drill and tap M8, use M8 x 50 stainless steel bolts with locking washers.

Concrete:                     drill 8mm holes to depth of 80mm, use M8 x 100mm stainless steel floor anchor fixings.


Once you have positioned your post and inserted your fixings, tighten them by hand.

To ensure your posts are level hold the spirit level where the glass will run as well as at the front and back of the posts, then adjust the screws accordingly.

Once you have done this, repeat the process until all posts are level.


Inserting The Glass Panels

Items supplied: Glass panels, Rubber gaskets, glass clamps.

Items Needed: 2 x 80mm High Wooden Blocks, 6mm Allen Key

After you have completed the previous steps you can move on to the next set of instructions:

  • First, you need to insert the rubber gaskets into both sides of the glass clamp
  • Then, you need to place the two 80mm high wood blocks on the floor between the posts
  • Next, you will place the glass on the blocks and align the glass panel in position in between the glass clamps
  • Now you need to place the front of the glass clamps over the part of the glass clamp fitted to the post and replace both screws ensuring these are as tight as possible.
  • Repeat this process with glass panels and clamps.

Your pinion post should finally look like this:

Double Pinion Post and Glass Manip

If you have any queries or questions regarding this process, don’t hesitate to call a member of our team today!

Updating Your Home with Architectural Glass

When did architectural glass become popular?

Glass has been a suitable material for building since 1851 when it was popularized by Joseph Paxton’s Crystal Palace. Since then, the manufacturing techniques for this material have continued to evolve and grow. Now we use more and more glazed products everyday for building projects in the UK than ever before.

Glass Laminated 400x400



What can architectural glass do for me?

Updating your home with architectural glazing a great way to modernise your surroundings. With the right type, it can add a wonderful element of class for aesthetic purposes. It can also provide great strength when used for a more structural reason.

Below is a great installation of our Frameless Balustrade where there is a glazed floor panel installed within the decking. This is just one option! There are so many different things customers can do with glass panels. Whether within the home or a more commercial environment, this material can really make your project stand out from the rest.

Decking Glass Panel

When thinking about glazing in the home it immediately draws attention to windows, right? However, you can use it for many other things. Examples would be skylights, elevated walkways, canopies, staircases, doors and wall partitions. Wall partitions are particularly great if you want to visibly ‘open up’ a home or office.


SHS Products - Glass Wall Partitions

SHS Products has branched out into supplying architectural glass products! However we currently only supply these products to the West Midlands region.

SHS offer Toughened Safety panels and Toughened Laminated panels. Use these for windows, extensions, balustrades, furniture manufacture, wall partitions, exhibition stands, architectural projects, interior design projects and more! The Toughened Safety panels comes in thicknesses of 8mm, 10mm, 12mm, 15mm and 19mm. The Toughened Laminated panels comes in thicknesses of 10.76mm, 11.5mm, 17.5mm and 21.5mm. We offer bespoke or per metre sizing for all our glass products. Don’t forget you can opt for coloured, frosted or opaque glass.


Click here for more information on the types of glass we offer

Jargon Buster Vol.5 – Spigot Products Edition

Welcome back to another edition of the SHS Products Jargon Buster, today in Vol. 5 we’ll be demystifying Spigots. If this is your first time with us let us fill you in. The Jargon Buster is where we go through a few of the terms regularly used in the balustrade industry. Whilst some words are more obscure than others it’s always good to have a refresher on the basics as well.


Balustrade Spigots

A balustrade spigot is essentially a glass clamp that is fixed to the floor. Different balustrade companies will name their designs with different names, including SHS. Below you see the range available from SHS Products.


Round Spigot

The round Spigot is not entirely round, the top of the base clamp is round.This base clamp has four fixing holes and comes with rubber gaskets for holding glass panels.

SHS Products - Round Spigot Stainless Steel



Square Spigot

As you might have guessed relates again relates to the top part of the base clamp, which has 90° corners.

SHS Products - Stainless Steel Square Spigot

Clarion Spigot

The Clarion base clamp, which is exclusive to SHS Products, has a wider base than it’s Round or Square Spigot relatives. It also features a different fixing system than the Square or Round versions. The Clarion comes with level adjusting screws so that you can make sure it’s level to the ground. To find out more about the Clarion system visit our the balustrade page here.

SHS Products - Stainless Steel Clarion Spigot

Side Fixed Clarion Spigot

As the name suggests this base clamp is secured to the side of the fixing area. The Side Fixed Clarion is slimmer than the original Clarion Clamp and for every glass panel that is 1200mm in length you would require three side fixed clamps.

SHS Products - Stainless Steel Side Fixed Clarion Spigot

All of these designs allow you to keep metal parts to a minimum and glass to a maximum opening up your space. We’ll be back soon with another edition of the SHS Jargon Buster! If you have any questions or suggestions contact us on any of our social media channels. You can find us on Facebook, Twitter and more.

All About Spigot and Clarion Systems

The wait is over, we can finally introduce you all to our Spigot and Clarion glass balustrade systems.

Whether sitting by the pool, wrapped around a terrace or even placed outside surrounding a communal garden area, the Spigot and Clarion systems are ideal for both commercial and domestic projects. Constructed from Stainless Steel both base clamps come in a Satin polish finish as standard. These systems also have maximum glass panel widths (a.k.a maximum centres) of 1.5 metres. Materials you can safely fit these balustrades into with adequate blocking are Steel and Concrete materials.

So just what are the differences between these two systems?


Clarion Glass Balustrade

Clarion Glass Balustrade


The Clarion balustrade is exclusive to SHS Products and features longer glass panes and can also feature a top rail. The clamps holding the glass are based further apart than the Spigot; giving the Clarion an airy feel and making it fit perfectly within a minimalism aesthetic. The base clamp itself is wider at the bottom. There is also the option to have our Side-Fixed Clarion component to fit your system with.



Spigot Glass Balustrade



The Spigot balustrade features similar glass clamps to the Clarion, except they tend to be based closer together. This particular balustrade can be complete without a top rail too, giving it that all-round clean look about it. Held in-place by clamps secured to the floor as well as securing bolts through the glass panels, this balustrade is perfect for those looking for a ‘barely-there’ solution. You can choose from the Round Spigot or Square Spigot clamps which are top fixing.

So all-in-all, the Spigot and Clarion systems share many similarities, but at the same time they are so different!

For more information on these balustrades or any of our other systems, call our friendly customer service team, who will be happy to assist you with any questions you may have!

How To Prepare Your Fixing Area

When installing a balustrade, it is essential that you have the right parts and tools for the job. Part of the installation equation that people often forget is the proper preparation of the fixing area. As the place where your balustrade will sit, you can imagine it’s quite important that this area is ready for the application! So when preparing your fixing area, it’s important to remember the below points:

SHS Products Frameless Glass Balustrade on Stone Slabs



Know What You’re Fitting Into

If you have already ordered your system, you will have fully determined what type of surface you’re fitting your balustrade to. Although we have a range of balustrades suitable for various surfaces; naturally, certain balustrades will be too heavy to install on, say, wood. Before your balustrade has been ordered, you can call our friendly customer service team who will be happy to walk you through the possibilities! You can contact us on the number found at the top of this page. Alternatively, you can see lists of the possible fitting materials in the ‘specifications’ tab on each balustrade page.

SHS Products Side Fixed Professional Glass Balustrade


Whilst this may not be the most fun activity, it’s something that will definitely help when it comes to installing your balustrade! A clean area will stop the materials getting dirty. This prevents problems with dust or other debris as well as preventing a whole bunch of health and safety risks.

SHS Products Infinity Aluminium Glass Balustrade on Decking


Surface Levels

If your fitting surface slopes for instance, that will have a major impact on the design of your balustrade. This type of information should be supplied to the balustrade manufacturer at the planning stage. If it’s possible to level out your area with new decking then this will make your installation much simpler.


If you have any questions about fitting your balustrade don’t hesitate to call our team today!

Maintaining Your Aluminium Balustrade

If you have purchased our Infinity, Frameless or Palisade systems, then you have an aluminium balustrade. Congratulations! Read on for our comprehensive maintenance guide. Our aluminum rails are made from IAS components with precision fabricated parts that go through multi-level “Quality Assurance Program” to ensure the highest standards. These parts go through a 5-stage powder coating system. This system meets the most stringent AAMA performance requirements for durability on aluminium extrusions coatings.

Infinity Aluminium Glass Balustrade Near Saltwater Coastline

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SHS Jargon Buster Vol. 4 – Stairs Edition

We’re back again with another edition of our SHS Jargon Buster. This time we’ll be exploring the terms used for measuring your stairs to fit a balustrade or railing.

Stairs are complex areas to fit railings or balustrades to, due to all the different angles and measurements required that need to be completely accurate. A lot of our customers measure their own fitting areas and that’s why we’re here to help with the lesser known terminology when measuring up your stair space.

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Types of Balustrade Glass

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

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All About Handrails

Whilst they sit proudly along staircases, throughout corridors and on ramps; wall-mounted handrails aren’t talked about often. However, nobody can deny they are an incredibly useful addition to both domestic properties and commercial buildings. With a handrail from SHS, you can really make it stand out with customisable options such as end caps and length.


Handrails from SHS Products

You can order handrails in any size as they are manufactured in-house, but we do supply standard sizes too. From 1 metre to 4 metres long, our stock sizes include something to suit most applications. All of our handrails whether standard or bespoke will arrive pre-drilled, tapped and ready to install straight away.


As mentioned above, the ability to customize the ends of your handrail is also available! We have three different end caps that you can choose from, depending on your individual requirements. Although a relatively small part of the handrail, it makes a big difference to the overall aesthetic.

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Swimming Pool Fence Ideas & Inspiration

Let’s start with the fun stuff… You have a swimming pool. (Okay, sorry to those who might be at the planning only stage!) But for now let’s pretend you have a swimming pool; so life is great. Now for the more serious side of having your own private pool. For the sake of children and pets, it’s a good idea to have some sort of barrier around it, and you have so many options when it comes to which barrier to choose. There are cheaper and less durable ways to cordon off your pool area like mesh fencing, however for a more permanent and beautiful solution consider our glass, stainless steel and aluminium balustrades and railings. Below you can see examples of the systems we have found go great with pools.


SHS Products - Glass Stainless Steel Professional Balustrade used for Poolside Fencing

Professional Glass Balustrade System
Customisation options: Height, glass colour, glass thickness, glass type (toughened safety glass or toughened laminated) and handrail end cap.


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