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Jargon Buster Vol.8 – Wire Rope Products Edition

It’s time for another edition of the SHS Products Jargon Buster. Today in Vol. 8 we are simplifying Wire Rope. If this is your first time with us let us fill you in. In the Jargon Buster we go through some of the terms used in the balustrade industry and attempt to simplify them for you. Whilst some words are more obscure than others it’s always good to have a refresher on the basics as well.


Swage Rigging Screw

The Swage Rigging Screw is a length of metal that fixes to your stainless steel posts and is used to tighten your wire rope infills.


Swage Fork Terminal

The Swage Fork Terminal is like the Rigging screw in that it holds your wire rope infills in place. However, the Fork Terminal cannot be used to tighten your wire rope infill.


Eyelet (Metal)

The metal eyelet is a blunt ended screw with a small metal loop at the end. This is used to hold your Swage Rigging Screw and Swage Fork Terminal in place as part of your balustrade, however; this is to be used on metal posts only.


Eyelet (Wood)

The wood eyelet is a sharpened screw with a small loop at the end. Like the metal eyelet it is used to hold your Swage Rigging Screw and Swage Fork Terminal in place as part of your balustrade, however; this is to be used on wooden posts only.


Wall Flange

The wall flange is a disc of metal that is used to screw into the wall and holds your handrail in place.


All of these components are used to create the wire rope balustrade which has both domestic and commercial capabilities. If you have any questions about this or any of our systems, then don’t hesitate to get in touch. You can call us on 01922 743842 0r find us on social media. You can find us on Facebook, Twitter and more


There’s no such thing as a silly question. While we are on the phone to our customers gathering information for their balustrade we get asked lots of questions. Some of them are more common and asked more frequently than others. Here we will answer some of those most frequently asked questions.


Do I need a top rail?

One question we get asked a lot is ‘Do I need a handrail?’ and the truth is, only 2 of our systems are not available with a handrail.


SHS Products - Elegance glass balustrade on decking


SHS Products - Infinity glass balustrade on pation

All of our other systems either come with a top rail as standard or have the option of adding a top rail.

You do not need a handrail to comply with Building Regulations, however; if you do not use a top rail you will need a specific type of glass. You will need to use Toughened Laminated glass of a width of 21.5mm to ensure it is safe to use.

A top rail can also be used to add an extra bit of height to your balustrade. If your balustrade is not the correct height to comply with Building Regulations, you can add a top rail on to add to the height.


How Big is the baseplate?

At SHS Products, we offer two different baseplates and we have the round baseplate and the square baseplate.

Round Baseplate

The round baseplate has a diameter of 120mm for the full plate and a diameter of 42.7mm for the center hole that holds your stainless steel posts.

Diagram showing dimensions of a round baseplate

Square Baseplate

The square baseplate has dimensions of 110mm x 110mm and 24mm depth from the floor to the top of the baseplate.

diagram showing dimensions of a square baseplate


Is It safe Free-Standing?

All of the systems we hold strength testing certificates for were tested when they were free-standing. So yes, your balustrade will be safe if it is free-standing.


Do we offer any different colours for our stainless steel posts?

The only system we offer in a range of different colours is our infinity system. We supply:



Silver Matt

Coastal Grey

Anthracite Grey (RAL7016)

However, all of our other balustrade systems come with the option of having a Satin or Mirror polished finish.


For more information about any of our Balustrade systems or if you have a question that we haven’t mentioned, don’t hesitate to get in touch. You can call a member of our team today on 01922 743842 or find us on social media. We operate on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and more.

Homebuilding & Renovating Show 2018

Between the 22nd and the 25th of March SHS Products attended the Homebuilding and Renovating show at the NEC in Birmingham. We used this as a marketing tool attempting to generate a high number and quality of leads.


Before the Show

In the run up to the show we promoted our attendance on our social media channels and also offered free tickets to our digital following. We also offered free tickets to existing customers.



About the Show

The show ran from March 22nd until March 25th and had visitors from various working backgrounds in attendance. There were a number of architects, builders, landscape gardeners, amongst other trades  as well domestic customers in the planning stage of their projects. On offer at the show was a variety of seminars offering expert advice in all aspects of renovating your home. There was a total of 36,233 visitors at the show over the course of the 4 days.

While we were at the show we offered branded SHS pens, 950 new look brochures were distributed and discount codes were given for potential customers.



During the exhibition we showcased our products and were approached by a large number of potentially interested customers. We generated leads using our fact finder and sketch sheets and also offering one to one consultations and expert advise. Overall, the exhibition was a great experience for us and has generated a large number of high quality leads.



We will be looking to attend various shows in the future, however; we are looking at expanding our stand to promote new and exciting products.

Make sure you follow us on social media to keep up to date with everything at SHS Products. We’ll keep you updated with our attendance to exhibitions on: Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn.

Creating the Perfect Office Space

Whether you’re a big business or a sole trader you know that having the right workspace makes you and others happy to work and more productive over all. But did you know that the wrong workspace can make you sick? Sick Building Syndrome (SBS) encompasses symptoms such as headaches, fatigue, poor concentration and more. All due to long periods of time in the same building; a building where there may be poor ventilation, airborne pollutants, poor lighting, improper use of digital screens and stress.

Planning is crucial to avoid making people ill and creating an environment poised for success. Remember to keep in mind the number of people who will be in the space, what you’re using it for and most importantly what your budget is. Once you have those sorted it’s time to focus on…


Light & Sound

Natural light is essential if you want to increase productivity and decrease absenteeism. The best way to let the light in is through large windows, glass curtain walling, skylights or glass wall partitions. Wall Partitions in particular allow for an open feel but a sound protection for private meetings and a busy office.

SHS Products Glass Curtain Wall Office Building



If you’ve worked with a brand consultant on your corporate colour and logo you’re probably already aware of the psychological effects of colour. Depending on who you ask, certain colours can enhance creativity, calmness and negotiating power. Blue is generally thought to be a calming colour, whilst red supposedly encourages your appetite and negotiating skills. Green has been shown to be an easy colour for the eyes, thereby lessening eye strain and headaches. With so many different opinions out there we suggest doing your own research into the perfect colour palette.



There are rules and regulations on how much space per person an individual is entitled to in the UK. See the rules here. Once you’ve got enough space to satisfy those rules, then you can start playing around with where each department should go and how your business processes affect where people are placed. Is there enough room for meetings? Do people need individual workspaces or can they use a hot-desk system? You don’t have to limit yourself with a traditional office design.

SHS Products Clear Glass Wall Partitions in Office Space


Google’s UK head office has Hobbit Holes and Jet Ejector seats while the Microsoft office in Vienna has a slide. Now you don’t have to go that far but remember that fun relieves stress and allows colleagues to talk in a less formal environment.



A big trend for offices is making the office space feel like home as seen with Google’s soft furnishing and floral wallpaper or Honest companies’  meeting rooms that look like living rooms.


Good luck with your office design and if you have any glass requirements remember SHS Products are here to chat to.

Square Tube Balustrade Installation Guide

Welcome to our handy guide on installing the Square Tube glass balustrade from SHS Products. For a full breakdown read the fitting instructions in our Square Tube Balustrade brochure here.



Step.1 Post Assembly

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Jargon Buster Vol.7 – Afina Products Edition

It’s time for another edition of the SHS Products Jargon Buster, today in Vol. 7 we are simplifying Afina. If this is your first time with us let us fill you in. In the Jargon Buster we go through a few of the terms regularly used in the balustrade industry and attempt to simplify them for you. Whilst some words are more obscure than others it’s always good to have a refresher on the basics as well.


Afina Balustrade

The Afina balustrade is an anodised aluminium shoe channel that holds your pane of laminated glass in place. The glass is adjustable from one side meaning you can adjust the level of the glass from the internal side of your balcony.



Shoe Channel

The shoe channel is simply a long aluminium clamp that holds the pane of glass at the bottom and ensures your glass panel is secure without obstructing your view. The shoe channel comes pre-assembled, all you have to do is adjust your screws inside the track with our supplied spanner to get the glass to your desired level.

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Adjusting Screw/Glass Leveler

These components are part of the pre-assembled Afina base channel. These fantastic parts allow you to adjust the level of your glass from one side of the balustrade. This allows you or your fitters to safely ensure that your glass is plumb and level. These screws or glass levellers are adjusted using our tailor made spanner that is supplied with this system.

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End Cap

The end cap is simply a piece of metal that covers the end of the channel shoe. It fits over the shoe and then is simply screwed in to the base channel.



These designs allow you to keep the metal parts to a minimum and glass to a maximum, thus opening your space. We’ll be back soon with another edition of the SHS Jargon Buster! If you have any questions or suggestions then contact our team in store on 01922 743842. We are also available social media channels. You can find us on FacebookTwitter and more.


What We Produced in 2017!

A very happy new year to all of our customers old and new! We hope you enjoyed your festive break and are ready to get back to work, because we certainly are. As a proud UK manufacturer we took stock of all of the balustrades we produced over the course of 2017. SHS Products have been in business since 2005, but 2017 turned out to be our biggest year yet. Bring on 2018!


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Jargon Buster Vol. 6 (Infinity)

We’re back with the 1st installment of the SHS Jargon Buster 2018! Of course overall this is our sixth edition of the helpful jargon guide. This time we’ll be focusing on our Infinity glass balustrade system. Continue reading

Frameless Featured on Ugly House to Lovely House

Recently one of our beautiful balustrade systems was featured on Ugly House to Lovely House with George Clarke. Our Frameless balustrade was used as part of a fantastic upper deck over looking a picturesque green garden. The house was designed by architect Greg Blee for the family in Bournemouth.

The Show

The show initially aired in February 2016 and is now in its second season. Presented by George Clarke, who has also presented Amazing Spaces, the show has been backed by channel 4. It airs on Thursday nights at 8pm!

It features a different family home each week and shows the progression of their home improvement. They have several chosen architects to work on the various projects while staying within the limit of the family’s budget.



The House

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