What’s in a name? What does Balustrades include?
We define balustrade to be the system serving a handrail or guardrail need.
Our balustrade components include the handrail brackets and the hardware that mount the glass to a support post.
If a completely frameless system is desired, Stella offers a wide variety of stand-offs to affix the bottom edge of glass to a support structure - see Stand-offs section for more information.
Handrail vs. Guard? What’s the difference?
Handrails provide stability for people while ascending or descending stairs or slopes. Handrails are positioned lower than guardrails and must meet different loading criteria.
A guard is a barrier around the perimeter of an elevated landing or deck. Its purpose is to prevent people from climbing or falling into the space below. Guards are subject to much heavier loads than handrails for this reason.
That’s our explanation in Twitter standards – we could say a lot more. Read your area’s Building Code, speak to your engineer, and/or utilize our engineering services for more comprehensive definitions and rules.
Why these loads are key for Stella…
All Stella’s handrail brackets are engineered and tested to heavier guard codes.