Blog » Balustrade Top Rail (Handrail) Solutions
Recent changes in glass balustrade regulations have been challenging for everyone involved in balustrading, particularly with having to incorporate top rails into their design. Juralco balustrades have a suite of semi and fully frameless balustrades impacted by this change, so developing this system of compliant top rails has been a high priority to take away any stress over these changes.
Being conscious of the visual impact that top rails will have on glass balustrades, the designers focused on keeping the rails as slim as possible, with the sizes of the final two top rail styles reflecting this:
Rectangular Rail - 30mm high
Round Rail - 41mm high
Top rails are fitted directly onto the glass panels and finished in a powder coat colour to match the homes joinery or balustrade fixings, which adds to creating the utmost minimalist finish as possible.
Gaskets to suit installation on the 12mm & 15mm toughened glass panels complement the top rails, with friction and sealant combined to lock it into place. Along with a range of end plates which allow for easy attachment of rail ends to structures such as walls, or a balustrade post if a suitable structure is unavailable.
Specially designed top rail connectors dramatically reduce the time needed for jointing rails, as well as reducing the error rate and improving the overall finished look. They are also more forgiving to the inevitable timber movement, with easy adjustment of top rails to fit snuggly against the connector edges.
Juralco’s interlinking rails are strong (meeting the changes in Acceptable Solution B1/AS1) and can also be used in conjunction with other compliant balustrade systems.
For more information contact Juralco at [email protected] or 09 478 8018.