Framed balustrade systems are far less commonly specified than historically. This is partly because the cost difference compared to structural glass is far less than it used to be, and partly an aesthetic choice, or trend.
Cassette® balconies make the base detail of frameless structural glass much simpler than fixing it to concrete or steel frames. This makes framed systems even less common with Cassette® balconies.
The main use of framed balustrades, are in conjunction with architectural panels (e.g. patterned or perforated) which tend to be thin, so need a frame for structural support. Above are Sapphire’s four standard balustrade systems which can be included.
Post systems : infill options
Whilst historically, glass infill panels were very common, there has recently been increasing specification of perforated, mesh, and solid metal panels to add unique signatures to building facades.
Such panels use a supporting frame, including balusters and handrail, to fulfil the structural loadingperformance of standards like BS6180. These support infill panels which are usually laser cut, or punched from thin aluminium material. For example, the large picture on the left has a frame to support a unique leaf pattern to the front, and solid privacy screen panels. If glass is preferred, 10mm monolithic toughened glass can be used for more of an open feel, however it is recommended to consider structural glass for simplicity and increased safety.