Protection From Accidents - Glass floors
Where glass is installed to allow a view to another space (e.g. capping a well) or allow light to enter different levels in the home and it can also be a floor then it needs to be able to take the loads defined in British Standards. The support system for the glass is critical to ensure the durability of a glass floor.
Glass can also become slippery when wet and it can scratch. This problem can be helped by changing the surface friction by printing or etching a design onto the surface. Particular care is needed for glass staircases. Seek professional advice for floors and be prepared to be told the glass needs to be quite thick to be durable and at some cost.
Protection From Accidents - Barriers
There are a number of locations in the home where a barrier may be needed. Barriers are used to protect you from changes in levels within the home. The defined difference in height that needs a barrier in the home is taken from BS6180 (600mm). This may seem a large drop but it is recognised that householders are usually aware of the layout of their homes. You may choose to add a barrier for smaller height differences. A barrier must be able to withstand a load taken from another standard. The load varies with the perceived risk. Outside balconies have to withstand greater loads than say internal staircases and galleries. Glass can be used to allow vision and light through barriers. There are several basic designs and fixing methods. Professional advice should be sought when installing barriers.