by Chris Apr 28, 2023

The 7 Steps to Installing Your Own Balustrade

Having spent so many years in the industry, we like to think we can call ourselves specialists when it comes to installing glass balustrades. Our team of experts have installed hundreds of balustrades on balconies, terraces, staircases, patios and more. Whilst we always recommend enlisting the help of a professional installation company, it is more than possible to have a go yourself.

All our systems are designed to be easy to install and we aim to offer balustrades that are simple to put in place. If you are taking on the challenge of installing glass balustrades in your home, read on for some top DIY tips from our knowledgeable team.

#1 Know Your Fixing Area

The first thing you need to do before you get started is ensure that your fixing area is ready and suitable. Be clear on the material you are going to be fixing the system into, like if your balustrade was to be installed on your decking. In most cases, balustrades are installed into metal, wood, brick, or concrete.

At this stage, you should double check the dimensions of your space and your new balustrades. It is also worth looking out for any insulation or cavities in the fixing area as this could potentially cause problems.

#2 Mark Out Your Panels

Before you begin the installation, measure exactly where each glass panel should be, and where each post needs to be. Make sure you have left the exact amount of space required between panels, as trying to fix this later can be extremely difficult.

This step really is the key to getting the installation right.

Use a level or a ruler to check that each postmark lines up properly. We recommend marking out the location for each panel with masking tape.

#3 Know the Type of Balustrade You Have

There are various types of glass balustrade available, and each is installed in a slightly different way. Double check the type of structure that you are going to install, and make sure you have the correct instructions for this.

Some of the most common types include drill & tap, infinity balustrades and wire rope.

#4 Always Use Stainless Steel Screws

Each post of your balustrade system will be fixed in place using a screw. It is always best to use screws made from stainless steel for these kinds of fixtures. This is because they do not rust or deteriorate over time or when exposed to moisture.

Using stainless steel screws is particularly important for balustrades, which are being installed outside, such as a terrace or balcony. When you use the right screws, your system will last longer and require less maintenance.

#5 Don’t Tighten Fixings Immediately

It can be tempting to tighten all of your fixings as soon as you install them, but it is best to hold off. Get all your posts in place first and use a level to check they are all in line with each other.

Only once you are happy that everything is perfectly straight should you tighten up your fixings. This makes it easier to get everything in the right place without having to untighten and retighten all your screws.

Always remember to fully tighten everything when you are satisfied with it, as this is essential for ensuring your balustrade is safe.

#6 Use Your Clamps Wisely

Balustrades with glass panels will usually use glass clamps to hold them in place. They work to secure the panels and evenly distribute the weight. The positioning of your clamps is very important for both the safety and aesthetic of your balustrade, so make sure you get it right.

We recommend having 4 clamps for each square metre of glass, as this provides enough stability. It is best to position them at the bottom and top of the panels, and always use a spirit level to check each side is in line.

#7 Tighten Clamps Gradually

Once your clamps are in the perfect position, you can slide your glass panels in. The final stage of installation is tightening the clamps. Most of these fixtures have small screws which allow you to adjust the tightness and get a snug fit around the glass.

Never tighten each clamp individually or tighten them too much in one go. Instead, make small adjustments and make them gradually so that you evenly distribute pressure across the glass. Failing to do this can cause the glass to crack or shatter under pressure.

If you have any questions about installing your new glass balustrades, then our team are always happy to help. Think you’re ready to give it a go yourself? Use our build your own balustrade calculator to get an instant quote online and start your DIY adventure today!


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