Spring is just around the corner and there’s a sense of hope in the air. With public and commercial areas set to reopen over the coming months, there’s no better time to update your space with SentryGlas® glass balustrades from Peterlee Glass.
Why Glass Balustrades?
Glass Balustrades are a stylish and contemporary form of safety barrier. Commonly found in train stations, airports and other transport hubs, as well as in commercial spaces such as stadiums and entertainment venues, they are effective at controlling people flow as well as mitigating the risk of injury where there is a change of level, for example, a ramp, staircase or ledge. Glass balustrades let light through, unlike solid walls, contributing to a better overall environment.
Most glass balustrades are constructed used laminated glass. Laminated glass consists of two pieces of glass sandwiched around a plastic interlayer (polyvinyl butyral or PVB). The SentryGlas® interlayer offered by Peterlee Glass, is five times stronger and up to 100 times stiffer than conventional PVB materials, which affords innovative possibilities for architects as the glass can play a more active structural role within design.
SentryGlas® was initially developed for the high building envelope protection required for hurricane glazing in the United States, but it is now being specified by architects and engineers for applications where high performance glass is required, such as glass balustrades, transportation glazing and structural glazing, including load bearing glass.
Undergoing rigorous testing, the results of which reveal that SentryGlas® provides significant opportunities for design in the following areas:
- Reduction of glass thickness – often in the region of one to two standard glass thickness
- Installation of larger glass planes at determined loads
- Reduction in the number of fixing points for frameless glazing
- Significant increase in post-glass breakage performance.
Besides its strength, SentryGlas® is less vulnerable than other PVB interlayers to moisture exposure or yellowing over time. It retains its clarity for longer and is well suited to a wide range of architectural safety glass applications, including glass balustrades, overhead glazing, glass staircases, glass flooring and storefronts. For the user, these benefits make SentryGlas® a durable, stylish and cost-effective choice for your glass balustrade needs.
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