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Do Glass Balustrades Meet Building Regulations?

Do Glass Balustrades Meet Building Regulations?

Glass balustrades can be used in a variety of applications, including domestic and commercial properties. Every application needs a different level of key safety factors and load-bearing requirements which are set out in building regulations such as BS6180. 


Here at Natralight, we are the leading supplier of glass balustrades and structural glass for clients across the country.


For our latest blog, we are going to focus on the three main areas of building regulations for glass balustrades


Three Areas of Building Regulations To Consider


Loading Strengths - The uniformly distributed load (UDL) varies only between commercial and domestic applications plus internal to external uses. The UDL is the strength of the system and its capability to withstand particular forces. Internally for domestic properties, the balustrade needs to withstand 0.36kN loading whereas externally this doubles to 0.74kN. The loading strength often affects the type and thickness of glass being used and the post diameter, thickness and spacing for framed balustrades. 


Handrail Height - Similar to loading strengths, the height varies with each application but typically 900mm high on stairs and ramps and 1100mm high on landing and platforms. Referring to BS6180 building regulations provides further guidance. 


Legal Requirements - As of July 2014, all-glass balustrades need to be manufactured by a CE marked company under the remit of BS EN 1090-2. 


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If you have any questions regarding Natralight's range of glass balustrades, do not hesitate to contact us now. We have been operating for over 30 years from our base in West Bromwich in the West Midlands.


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