Safe, cost-effective and minimalistic, CRL’s balustrade systems have it all

Glass balustrades and balconies are increasingly being chosen for public and private buildings, but what considerations do specifiers need to take note of when specifying this external architecture? Simon Boocock, Managing Director of CRL, takes a look.

Minimal and versatile, glass is the material of the moment for balustrades and balconies, with its undeniable visual appeal helping create a high-end finish and make the most of views, particularly on high-rise buildings.

Glass Juliette balconies are increasingly popular, particularly for buildings where the interior is compact and no space for an exterior balcony is available. A big advantage of a Juliette balcony is that it enables a French window or patio door to be chosen instead of a conventional window, filling the room with light, increasing ventilation and creating a greater sense of space in smaller rooms. The balcony itself provides a safety barrier by means of the balustrades or railings and does not generally require planning permission, which accounts for its rise in popularity to a large extent. In addition, unlike a bolt-on balcony or other types which have a deck, they do not need the foundations of a property to be re-evaluated to accommodate them. This makes them a more widely used solution for refurbishment and renovation projects.

CRL’s Juliette Balcony System features a modern design and sleek, clean lines creating the desired visual effect without being a headache to install. The system offers peace of mind with 316 grade stainless steel for weather resilience and comprise four connectors, plus two cap rails of 3m to 4.2m length, suitable for 12mm to 25.52mm glass. Available in brushed and polished stainless steel finishes, the system has been tested to a width of 2400mm.


By their nature, balustrades and balconies will be installed above ground level and a lot of systems require the installer to be outside the balcony, often where access for scaffolding is tricky or at the very least time consuming and expensive. Wet fit balcony systems need to be held securely in place, usually with cement, to ensure a tight fit, which can be messy, particularly on retro-fit projects. CRL Juliette Balcony System can be completely installed from the safe side of the balustrade, making it not only safe, quick and easy to install but also cost-effective as it cuts the costs and time necessary for a scaffolding.


It is essential to work with an experienced manufacturer to ensure the system used is not only the most suitable one for the building’s occupants, but that it makes light work of installation and maintenance too. Specifiers need to be mindful that the general Code of Practice for barriers in and


The TAPER-LOC® System from CRL can be completely installed from the safe side of the balustrade, eliminating the need for scaffolding and significantly reducing labour times and costs. Tested to meet the strictest building code requirements, the base shoes conform to ICC-ES standards, BS6180:2011 and AbP.

The CRL Juliette Balcony System doesn’t require planning permission and can be mounted from the safe side of the balustrade, making it a quick, easy and cost-effective solution for a modern, clean finish.

around buildings is that they conform to BS6180:2011. A system, such as CRL Juliette Balconies, that can be fixed back to the stone or brickwork of the building will offer the best solution in terms of security which is essential. Juliette balconies fall under Part K of the Building Regulations Act 2000 which stipulates that gaps in any railings must not be more than 100mm and that the top of the balcony must be at least 1100mm from standing floor level. A railing that doesn’t conform to these regulations is not up to British Standards and is deemed unsafe.

LOCKED IN Another ideal solution is CRL’s TAPER-LOC® dry-glazed railing system

for frameless glass balustrades. The system simplifies the fitting and maintenance process, cuts installation times and provides necessary safety and security required on balustrade systems.

Tested to meet the strictest building code requirements such as BS6180:2011, ICC-ES and AbP, TAPER-LOC®

uses a horizontal design

with a taper system which locks the glass panels into place and allows them to be adjusted, dismantled and re-set in no time. The aluminium base shoe, available in 3 metre lengths and in three finishes - mill, brushed nickel or satin anodised - can be surface or side-mounted and provided drilled or undrilled. Thanks to its ‘safety seal’ the latest TAPER- LOC®

system can be entirely installed from the safe side of the balustrade, from the base shoe fitting, the glass panel installation and the handrail finishing touch, putting safety first without the need for time-consuming, costly scaffolding. This is particularly useful on retrofit projects and when a broken or scratched glass panel needs to be replaced.

As with Juliette balconies, the finished effect of TAPER-LOC® system is

elegant and minimalist, offering specifiers a cost-effective way of tapping into what is growing trend for glass balustrades and balconies.

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