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Balustrades Buyers Guide

Balustrade Buyers Guide

So, you’ve decided that a Glass Balustrade is a great solution for your balcony or internal space. Where do you start? Right here!

All our balustrades are constructed primarily from 12mm toughened, A-grade safety glass. We provide both frameless and semi-framed balustrade solutions.


Glass Balustrades Sydney


The first obvious benefit of the Semi-framed Balustrade is the cost. Coming in at our most inexpensive balustrade the savings come in the aluminium posts and top rail.

The frameless fixings are all stainless steel which raises their cost so aluminium is an economical choice for those so inclined. Our Semi-framed Balustrades are made from 10mm toughened, A-grade, safety glass.

Semi Frameless Balustrades

Frameless Balustrades, our most popular balustrade, offers a clear view of the environment. No posts to obscure the view and a top rail to your taste.

It is a requirement by law that a top rail is fitted to balustrades where there is a drop of 1 meter or more from the finished floor surface unless a suitable engineering solution is provided. The top rail provides a barrier to help prevent someone from falling in the event of a glass breakage. Our Frameless Balustrades are made from 12mm toughened, A-grade, safety glass.


Frameless Balustrades


The benefit of our Frameless, toughened laminate Balustrades is that they are engineered such that in the event of glass breakage, the glass stays in one piece offering a barrier to help prevent someone from falling.

In this way, we can provide Fully Frameless Balustrades with no top rail at any height and still be compliant with all Australian Regulations. Our Frameless, toughened laminate Balustrades are made from 15mm toughened, A grade, safety glass.

Frameless Toughened Laminated Glass

From receipt of deposit we start cutting and processing the glass panels for your balustrade. You can expect the installation of your new balustrade to take place within two to three weeks of receiving the deposit. Depending upon the size of your balustrade, installation may typically take between one and four days to complete.

Notes on Installation and things to think about:

  • It is important that all finished floor levels have been achieved before we come out to check measure glass.
  • Make certain that you raise any installation issues with us early in the piece. Ie, is there a detail or design on site that is still in discussion that may change? Location of lights, skimmer boxes?


What fixing style are you after? Round or square spigots? 38mm or 50mm diameter glass anchors? Channel fixed? Satin Stainless Steel or Polished Stainless Steel finish? Glass type? Clear, frost, or …? Style of Handrail if required? Is your gate pivoting left or right handed? Given that the gate must swing away from the pool is there anything in the way?

Note: Once the glass has been toughened no further processing is possible so everything needs to be clear from the start.


Aluminium Balustrades Sydney


Here at Palmer’s Glass we use only the highest quality fittings installed by industry leading trades people. To back up our wares and services we give a 3 year guarantee on all hardware and workmanship. This means if within three years of installation an issue arises with one of our balustrades due to workmanship or hardware we will rectify the problem quickly and efficiently.

Propping open the gate for any period of time will adversely affect functionality and issues arising from such are not covered by warranty. Please note that due to the intrinsic nature of glass our guarantee does not cover glass breakage or scratches.

Further Info:

  • At Palmers, all panels are custom made to the exact specifications of your unique site, nothing is pre-fabricated. In addition, all aspects of processing are completed in-house giving us total control over quality control and turnaround.
  • Palmers offer a free, on site, measure and quote for balustrades. We can also give you an estimated quote off the plan.
  • Depending upon the size of the job, from receipt of deposit Palmers will usually have your pool fence installed within 4 weeks. (Remember, we custom make everything)
  • Upon ordering your pool fence we require a 30% deposit enabling us to set the wheels in motion.