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What's Happened Since NZ Balustrade Regulations Changed?

For aluminium posts and glass balustrades (Edge and Viking systems), the interlinking top rail has been readily accepted. The slimmer 27.5mm interlinking rail has been integrated into the handrail range and is another choice for a semi-frameless glass finish. The rail is considered another form of handrail which are commonly requested on these types of balustrades. 

However, resistance to the top rail on frameless glass balustrade systems (Edgetec range) has been noticeable, with customers feeling it ruins the aesthetic of the frameless glass panels. However, many balustrade installers have remarked how clients have been pleasantly surprised at the lack of impact the rails make on the finished look. With interlinking rails and balustrade fixings finished in matching powder coat finishes, the rails tend to blend into the overall look.

Initially, interlinking rails were to be finished with a fixing to the house wall. However, caution around fixing rails to house claddings, particularly those with waterproof finishes has meant that the market has steered away from this. Instead market demand and council feedback is for interlinking rails to finish with a connection to a balustrade post, removing uncertainties about fixing to claddings.

For more information, contact Juralco.

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