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Frameless and Semi-Frameless Glass Balustrades – What’s the Difference?

When shopping for a new glass balustrade or pool fence, you will need to decide whether you want a frameless OR semi-frameless design. Both offer high-end appeal and are sure to complement your home, but it’s important to be aware of the cosmetic and structural differences so that you don’t get a surprise at the end of the job. To help you make the right decision, Railsafe have prepared a brief blog post highlighting the difference between these two designs. We hope you find this helpful!


Frameless Glass Balustrades

If you’re a fan of the minimalist trend, frameless glass is for you. This configuration is one of the most popular, as it is the best way to show off your beautiful glass panels without the intrusion of a structural frame. With a frameless glass balustrade, the glass panels will be anchored to the substrate using spigots, standoffs or channel. The finished result is nothing short of spectacular.

Frameless design is by far the most popular, but it does cost more than semi-frameless balustrade systems. You should consider the aesthetic benefits and long-term value that a system such as this could provide you and your family when making a purchasing decision.

Benefits include:

  • Minimalist Design
  • Unimpeded Views – No Visiblestructural frame
  • High-End Appeal
  • Ease of Cleaning
  • Highly Sought After by Home Buyers
  • Thicker Glass for Structural Integrity and Long-Term Durability (Railsafe only use Australian, custom made glass panels. NOT imported inferior glass products)

Semi-Frameless Glass Balustrades

Semi-frameless glass balustrades are more reasonably priced, however they require stainless steel or aluminium structural frames and the glass panels are designed to fit neatly within thesaluminium frames. Current design trends tend towards matching semi-frameless balustrades with older styles of buildings (e.g red brick etc).

Semi-frameless balustrades also use thinner glass, because there is less need for high structural integrity due to the stainless steel or aluminium frames.

Benefits Include:

  • Cost Effective
  • May be more suitable for older homes
  • Smart and stylish upgrade from traditional balustrade systems
  • Durable

Making a Decision

You can’t go wrong with either choice, as both will be a fantastic addition to your home. Essentially what it comes down to is budget and personal preference. For many people frameless glass is a better option despite being slightly more expensive, as it aligns with current design trends, uses thicker glass and offers high aesthetic appeal.

If you are on a budget, semi-frameless will still be a huge upgrade over traditional stainless steel, steel or aluminium balustrades. Semi-frameless still offers high end appeal. The aluminium frames are sleek and minimalist, and the impact on the view is only mild. Many parents may even prefer this type of design, as there is no/minimal gap for children to poke their hands between.

At Railsafe, we use high quality, Australian made toughened glass which is fully compliant with Australian Standards. Rest assured that whether you opt for a frameless of semi-frameless balustrade, you are investing in a quality product which will stand the test of time whilst looking great and keeping you and your family safe.

Get a Quote Today – Contact Railsafe

Railsafe are the glass balustrade experts. If you’re looking to upgrade your pool deck or balcony area, please get in touch with us today for professional advice and an obligation free quote. We are the leaders in frameless and semi-frameless pool fences and glass balustrades, and we look forward to working with you.

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