With recent regulation changes, many homeowners are turning to semi-frameless balustrade styles as a cost-effective alternative to frameless glass. "The cost of adding an interlinking rail to frameless styles makes them more expensive compared to our semi-frameless balustrades which only require 10mm glass," explains Noel Priestley, General Manager of Provista Balustrade Systems. Provista's Panorama and Summit semi-frameless glass balustrades are attractive options — each features clean vertical lines, hidden fixings when face fixing thanks to Provista's exclusive 3-way post, and subtle top rail options that don't detract from views.
The two styles are similar in design; the top rail of the Panorama balustrade has the top edge of the glass rebated into it, while on the Summit Balustrade there is a space between glass and rail — this would typically mirror the space between glass and deck surface to provide a pleasing aesthetic. The clean, simple lines of the Panorama and Summit styles suit a range of building styles. "That's the beauty of those two styles, and semi-frameless in particular," explains Priestley. "The design is very adaptable to a new, modernist structure or even on an old villa."
Panorama and Summit balustrades are available in heights up to 1.2m and can be fixed with centres up to 1.45m. The contemporary design of the balustrades is extruded from T6 temper grade aluminium — a stronger, more stable choice than regular T5 aluminium options. Provista offers concealed fixings for face-fixed balustrades to maintain the clean look and style, while for top fixed balustrades, subtle countersunk fixings provide a clean finish. Installation on waterproof membranes can be achieved by using Provista's Duplex 2205 Stainless Steel Gutter Bracket.
Specialists in the design, fabrication and installation of quality aluminium and glass balustrades, Provista take pride in providing comprehensive customer support nationwide via an exclusive franchise network. "They're dealing with a hands-on business," explains Priestley. "The people that they're talking to across the country are very experienced and will help with design, job assembly and overseeing the installation."
This hands-on approach, paired with attractive design features make the specification and installation of Panorama and Summit simple. "The balustrades sit nicely on different home styles, are cost-effective and good looking," says Priestley. "It's an easy decision for customers to make."