Db Glass Installation
Glass Stairs for your home
Internal and External Stairs Glass & Glass Staircases Professionally Installed
The Glass stairs Installation Specialists
DB Glass provides glass for staircases. They offer fully installed service for glass stairs and glass staircases for both public and trade. We have a large portfolio of staircase installations spanning across Bristol, Bath, Cheltenham and Wiltshire areas.
We are privileged to visit, design and install beautiful glass stairs for many architects, designers, property developers and for Private individuals.
We are highly experience with all types of glass staircases for both inside the house and externally. With a can do attitude, care of service and a guarantee of work we are sure we are a great fit for your projects.
Our team can provide glass staircases for commercial projects including showrooms ,retail, and areas of leisure.
For any more information on how we can help, please read on or get in touch.
“We use DBglass for all our stairs glass on projects in and around Bath and can Highly recommend their approach to our requirements.”
J Harper - Bath
Types Of Internal Stairs We Install
There are 4 main types of Internal Stairs Glass we can Install
If you are looking for a clean look then a Floating Glass staircase might be your answer. With the floating style stair glass, the glass is fixed directly to the outside of the stairs trades. Perfect for structural staircases.
A 'Full height" Glass staircase is generally one or 2 pieces of glass that span the height of the open section of the Staircase and sits on the Stairs String section and is then fitted either in channel or using standoffs as shown
Glass stair panels are good way to modernise a staircase by taking out existing spindles and replacing them with panels of glass. The thickness of the panels are 8mm or 10mm and are more so for decorative purposes.
To complement our glass staircase installations, we can also provide glass bannisters and glass balustrades for Landings and walkways at height. With many options types of fittings and fixtures available to secure landing glass panels
Types of External Glass Stairs
Popular External Glass Stairs Our Customers Choose include
External Glass Staircase with Baserail
Base rails work really well with external glass staircases on the basis they can be used in conjunction with glass balustrades that require a stairs to access. Using a base rail allows continuity and seamless look around the perimeter of the area and provides clean lines for asthetic approval
External Glass Staircase with Buttons
Fitting with "standoffs" or "glass buttons" is a popular way to fit external glass stairs as it provides kind of an infinity look without the lines that base rail gives or spigots. Glass staircases with buttons are relatively simple to install and minimal impact requiring a number of drilled holes into the substrate / walls.
How to get your Glass Staircase
Please find the process involved to having a glass staircase installed in your home or place of work
We install glass staircases within 1 hours travelling distance from Chippenham, that would include Wiltshire, Somerset, Bristol, Bath, Melksham, Cheltenham, Reading, Oxford and anywhere in between.
We normally provide a start to finish service within 4 weeks from point of order. again, depending on the complexity of the staircase you should allow a week either side of this.
Yes replacing spindles for glass panels is a common service DB glass can offer. We have an apprenticed trained carpenter/ joiner who will remove the spindles and repair and replace with glass panels to suit your stair case. You will be able to keep you stairs banister if needed or we can replace the existing
For residential glass stairs, the appropriate thickness of glass panels depends on the specific application:
Decorative Panels: Typically, 8mm to 10mm thick glass is used for decorative panels. These thinner panels are ideal for adding a touch of elegance and style to your staircase.
Stairs with Fixed Handrail: For glass stairs with a fixed handrail, 12mm or 15mm thick glass is commonly employed. These thicknesses offer the necessary strength and safety required for stairs with a handrail.
Freestanding or Floating Glass Stairs Panels: In the case of freestanding or floating glass stairs panels, thicker glass is essential for structural integrity. Typically, 17.5mm or 21.5mm toughened and laminated glass is recommended to provide both strength and safety.
It’s important to note that local building regulations (particularly part K) and the specific design of your staircase may influence the choice of glass thickness. To ensure your glass staircase meets safety standards and suits your unique requirements, consult with DB glass or another professional glass staircase provider who can offer expert guidance and recommendations tailored to your project.
The cost of a glass stair railing in the UK can vary widely based on several factors. These factors include the design, size, and complexity of your staircase, as well as the quality of materials and installation. On average, you can expect to pay between £250 to £500 per linear meter for a basic glass stair railing. However, if you opt for premium materials, complex designs, or additional features such as LED lighting or handrails, the cost can increase significantly
In the UK, several types and configurations of toughened glass that are commonly used as stair glass:
Toughened Glass: Toughened glass, also known as tempered glass, is a popular choice for stairs due to its safety features. It is heat-treated to increase its strength and shatter resistance. Toughened glass is available in various thicknesses, with 10mm to 15mm being common for stairs. It’s used for both decorative panels and structural components.
Toughened Laminated Glass: Toughened Laminated (also known as toughened lami) glass consists of two layers of glass bonded together with an interlayer, typically made of PVB (polyvinyl butyral). This type of glass is known for its security and safety properties, as it holds together when shattered. It’s often used for staircases in areas where safety is a top concern.
Frosted or Obscure Glass: For privacy or aesthetics, frosted or obscure glass can be used in staircases. This type of glass allows light to pass through while providing a degree of privacy. It’s commonly used for balustrades or decorative elements.
Low Iron Glass: Low iron glass, also known as extra clear glass, is used when a crystal-clear appearance is desired. It has a reduced iron content, which minimizes the greenish tint present in standard toughened glass. Low iron glass is often chosen for modern and high-end staircases.
Tinted Glass: Tinted glass can add a touch of colour and style to your staircase. It comes in various shades, including grey, bronze, and blue.
Maintaining the look and appearance of your glass staircase involves a good and regular cleaning to remove the everyday, smudges, and fingerprints that you will find on the glass. Here’s how to effectively clean your glass staircase using a glass cleaner spray:
Kit: You’ll need a good glass cleaner spray, a soft lint-free cloth or a microfiber cloth for wiping clean.
If the staircase is just dusty: Start by dusting the glass staircase using a dry microfiber cloth or a duster to remove dust and any cobwebs.
Spray the Glass Cleaner: Apply the glass cleaner spray evenly across the glass surfaces, working your way down the staircase a section at a time.
Wipe Down the Glass: Using a soft cloth, gently wipe down the glass surfaces. Use a light touch to avoid streaks. Pay special attention to areas with fingerprints or smudges.
Dry and Polish: Immediately after spraying with the glass cleaner, dry the glass using a clean, dry microfiber cloth or paper towels. This step prevents water spots and streaks and leaves your glass staircase sparkling.
Regular Maintenance: To keep your glass staircase looking its best, establish a regular cleaning schedule. The frequency of cleaning depends on factors like foot traffic and environmental conditions. Cleaning once a month or as needed is generally a good practice.
Always follow the safety precautions recommended for cleaning, especially if your staircase is in a high or challenging-to-reach area. If you have specific care instructions from your glass cleaner manufacturer, be sure to follow those for optimal results.
In the UK, building regulations dictate the height requirements for glass balustrades (banisters) for stairs, both internally and externally. These regulations are essential to ensure safety. Here’s a summary of the height requirements:
Internal Glass Balustrades:
For Stairs within a Dwelling: The minimum height for the glass balustrade on stairs within a dwelling, such as in a private residence, is typically 900mm (about 3 feet) above the pitch line (the imaginary line connecting the nosings of the treads). This height helps prevent falls and ensures safety.
For Landings within a Dwelling: On landings within a dwelling, the glass balustrade should also have a minimum height of 900mm above the floor level.
External Glass Balustrades:
- For Balconies, Terraces, and External Stairs: The minimum height for glass balustrades in external locations like balconies, terraces, or external stairs is typically higher, usually set at 1100mm (about 3.6 feet) above the finished floor level. This increased height is to account for the greater risk of falling from elevated external spaces.
The ease of fitting glass for stairs depends on various factors, including the complexity of the staircase design, your expertise, and the level of preparation. Please find below a general idea of what’s required:
1. Skill and Experience: Fitting glass for stairs is a specialised task that requires experience and skill in working with glass and structural elements. Professional installers who specialise in glass staircases are typically well-equipped to handle the installation.
2. Design Complexity: The ease of installation can vary based on the design of the glass staircase. Basic designs with straight stairs and minimal structural modifications are generally easier to install. However, more complex designs, such as spiral staircases or floating glass stairs, may require additional expertise and structural considerations.
3. Site Preparation: Adequate site preparation is crucial. This includes ensuring that the staircase framework is properly prepared to accommodate the glass, that the measurements are accurate, and that any necessary supports or anchors are in place. Poor preparation can complicate the installation process.
4. Safety Standards: Compliance with UK building regulations is essential, particularly in the case of glass stairs. The glass used should meet all safety requirements, and the installation must be of professional standards. This may involve specific requirements for glass thickness, railing height, and other safety features.
5. Professional Help: While it is possible for competent DIY enthusiasts to install glass for stairs, it’s generally recommended to seek professional assistance. Professional installers such as DB Glass have the necessary tools, experience, and knowledge to ensure a safe and regulated glass staircase installation.