The weakness of any frameless glass balustrade is at the top of the glass panel. As an alterative to a handrail we would always recommend using a stiffener to join the glass panels together or to tie the panels back to the building. A small movement at the bottom of the frameless channel or spigot can lead to a far greater movement at the top of the panel. By tying the panels together these relatively small glass stiffeners make an enormous difference to the structural integrity of the balustrade. This is all achieved without interrupting the view that a frameless system offers.
All of our glass stiffeners are supplied in grade 316 stainless steel and are designed to be outside. We developed our range of glass stiffeners ourselves and the finish of the stiffener is unique to Origin Architectural. The round finish of the stiffener has made them a very popular product with our customers. All of the glass stiffeners are supplied with gaskets to suit any glass thickness from 10mm to 21.5mm.
The weakness of the glass panels is at the top of the panel. We would recommend that the stiffeners are secured just below the top of the glass panel.
We offer four different types of glass stiffener. The first is a straight or 180 degree stiffener. The second is a 90 degree glass stiffener. This is designed to sit on the corner of a panel of glass. The third is a wall stiffener which connects the panel of glass to the wall. The final stiffener is adjustable. This can be used where the corner is not straight. An adjustable glass stiffener is particularly popular when fixing the panels of glass with spigots.