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balcony railing


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February 14, 2013
3594southbay wrote:
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Portal Design Inc
Hi Tracy,
No, an engineers stamp was not required on this particular component, but it is not uncommon for it to be required. We had a structural engineer on retainer anyways as it was a major renovation.

Good luck with your project!
    Bookmark   February 15, 2013 at 2:45PM
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Anyone know installers in Toronto area?
    Bookmark   June 9, 2013 at 6:27AM
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December 26, 2012
abherrma wrote:
who in chicago install this? - who in chicago install this?
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Portal Design Inc
Thanks for asking about this design - we only know installers of glass railings in the Northwest. However, if you google search for glass railing fabricators, or glazing contractors in the Chicago area I am certain you will find a local qualified installer.
    Bookmark   January 18, 2013 at 2:46PM
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May 6, 2012
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Hello suzifray thanks for the question. This application is great for a boathouse!!! The need for the top rail varies by jurisdiction, some require it, some do not. A quick check with the local building department will determine if you even need a top rail. If the top rail is required by your local code or bylaws an engineers stamp may not do you any good. First confirm the capless railing is allowed, and then find out if they require an engineers stamp.

This installation was proprietary to the glazing company that installed it - we showed them what we wanted, and they engineered and guaranteed the method of installation. You should be able to do the same with a local glazing company that installs glass railings in your area.

If you are installing the railing on your own, there are prefabricated options such as this one from CR Laurence that allow you to purchase the components.


Good luck!

Portal Design Inc.
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Wide Plank Hardwood Inc.
thanks for this info, this is beautiful - well done and in Vancouver!!! That is even better
    Bookmark   August 22, 2013 at 10:52AM
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March 1, 2012
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Thanks for the quick response. The gap is the last thing we have to decide before proceeding, and we're struggling between too wide and too tight. Big commitment. I think we'll do an inch; we have our fingers crossed.
    Bookmark   March 1, 2012 at 9:39AM
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An inch should do just fine, and the glass installer may have their own recommendations based on their system. Good luck with your project.
    Bookmark   March 2, 2012 at 8:45AM
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February 12, 2012
ledroit wrote:
Are this kind of railing safe with kids? what is their pro and con ? thanks
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thanks for your reply! I will consider it for our remodeling project for sure.
    Bookmark   February 13, 2012 at 8:51AM
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W. David Seidel, AIA - Architect
I see two benefits for this type guardrail: it is very invisible and will have minimal visual impact on the whole house elevation, by having a gap between deck and glass, rainwater can drain off without a problem. Since there is no top rail keeping panels straight, the craftsmanship has to be perfect.
    Bookmark   February 13, 2012 at 4:16PM
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