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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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SHS Jargon Buster vol. 3 – Products Edition

We’re back with another edition of the SHS Jargon Buster and this time around you can get clear on what some of our more obscure sounding products actually are. Read on balustrade buffs!

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Introducing Our Juliet Balcony
On Shakespeare’s Bday

SHS are proud to announce our Professional Juliet balconies that will be available to order online. When will they be available? That’ll be on Shakespeare’s birthday, (the one most people agree on) 24th April.

The Professional Juliet Balcony - SHS Products

The Professional Juliet Balcony

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