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29/08/2020 On the Deck Stair Balustrade 0

Glass Balustrading 101

Before you can begin to design/order your dream balustrade it is important to start at the beginning. What is a balustrade? A simple definition is that a balustrade is a railing or barrier installed on a staircase or balcony to prevent a person from falling. In New Zealand, a balustrade (or barrier) is required once the fall from a balcony, deck, staircase, retaining wall or any other building structure you can fall from, is higher than 1m from the ground below.

A  glass balustrade must be at least 1000mm high, In buildings likely to be frequented by children under six years of age the barriers must offer no easy or obvious means of climbing. They must provide no toe-holds between 150mm and 760mm above finished floor level.

Please use this information only as a guide and contact your local council for further information before you begin.

Like most things it is not until you start to research your glass balustrade that you discover there are so many options and decisions to make. Many options can be eliminated by making a few basic decisions early on in the research process.

Fixing position

  • Deck Mounted
  • Face Mounted

Fixing Method

  • Spigots
  • Posts
  • Channel
  • Standoffs

Handrail Position

  • Top Mount
  • Offset Face Mount
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