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FAQ

Which grade of stainless steel do I require?
The difference between stainless steel lies in its composition. Steel corrodes naturally. Different elements are added to the steel to make it stainless. The industry standard for interior use is grade 304. In comparison grade 316 is more resistant to corrosion and is recommended for outside use.

Which load bearing does the balustrade channel system that I am installing require?
The load bearing requirements for barriers in and about public buildings are set out in BS 6180:2011. This came into effect on 31 March 2011. It requires any instantaneous deflection to be no more than 25mm.

To help you decide which channel system is most appropriate for your application we have included the relevant table from BS EN6180:2011 on our website. This specifies the kN per meter that the balustrade is required to withstand. The structural performance of a balustrade varies depending on the use and occupancy of the building concerned. Advice should always be sort from a structural engineer, particularly when fixing on to concrete.

Do you carry out site surveys?
Unfortunately we don’t offer this service as we are supply only. Again we can recommend installers we supply to should you need this.

Do you supply to the general public?
Yes we sell online and supply to the DIY consumer and trade customers.

Are your balustrade systems cut to size?
Yes, our balustrade systems are supplied cut to your specified size, ready for you to install. You don’t need to cut anything yourself as the system will be supplied ready for installation.

We offer a huge range of Glass Balustrades!

At Origin Architectural we can provide you with Railing Systems and Glass Balustrade solutions that suit the requirements of any project. Be it ease of installation, safety or aesthetics we can advise you on which products in our range are most appropriate for you. We pride ourselves on stocking products that are all rigorously tested and sold with certification from internationally recognised testing institutions, so when you buy a glass balustrade from Origin Architectural, you know your installation is in safe hands.

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PLEASE NOTE: Measurement is taken from outside of profile to outside of profile.

Skyforce Top Mount according Test BS 6180 (0,74 kN/m)Tested to Aluminium
GLASS WIDTH UP TO GLASS THICKNESS (tempered glass) GLASS HEIGHT
1000mm 12.76mm 300mm – 1100mm
1700mm 16.76mm 300mm – 1100mm
3000mm 21.52mm 500mm – 1100mm
(According test BS 6180) Tested on the basis that the minimum thickness of the aluminium frame is 1.4mm.   FIXING TO PVC FRAME SkyForce Top Mount Tested to Plastic According to the German Standard ETB Directive
GLASS WIDTH UP TO GLASS THICKNESS (tempered glass) GLASS HEIGHT
1600mm 12.76mm 700mm-1200mm
2100mm 16.76mm (17.52) 900mm-1200mm
2600mm 21.52mm 800mm-1100mm
Tested on the basis that the metal insert in the frame is a minimum of 1.5mm in thickness. I attach a copy of the test report which is in German but which I think we can include anyway.   FIXING TO STEEL OR CONCRETE Skyforce is fully tested at a height of 1.1m up to a width of 3m when fixed to steel or concrete.
Glass H = Glass Height L = Glass Length Working Line Load
6.62 min. 300mm - max. 1100mm max. 1100mm 3.0 kN/m
6.62 min. 500mm - max. 1100mm max. 1100mm 3.0 kN/m
8.84 min. 300mm < 500mm max. 1100mm 3.0 kN/m
8.84 min. 500mm - max. 1100mm max. 1100mm 3.0 kN/m
8.84 min. 600mm - max. 1100mm max. 1700mm 1.5 kN/m
8.84 min. 300mm < 600mm max. 1700mm 0.74 kN/m
10.10.4 min. 300mm < 500mm max. 500mm 3.0 kN/m
10.10.4 min. 500mm - max. 1100mm max. 1100mm 3.0 kN/m
10.10.4 1100mm max. 3000mm 0.74 kN/m
10.10.4 min. 300mm < 1100mm max. 3000mm 0.36 kN/m
FIXED TO TIMBER OR STONE/BRICKWORK   No test data available.   For more comprehensive test data, click here