SHS Balustrade FAQ’s

3 years ago 0 category Knowledge Centre

There is no such thing as a silly question when you buy an SHS balustrade, which is why we’ve created a list of the most frequently asked questions from our customers.


Do I need a handrail for my SHS balustrade?

One question we get asked a lot is ‘Do I need a handrail?’ and the truth is, only 2 of our systems are not available with a handrail.

Elegance balustrade

SHS Products - Elegance glass balustrade on decking

Infinity balustrade

SHS Products - Infinity glass balustrade on pation

All of the other SHS balustrade systems either come with a top rail as standard or have the option of adding a handrail.

You do not need a handrail to comply with Building Regulations, however; if you do not use a handrail you will need a specific type of glass. You will need to use Toughened Laminated glass of a width of 21.5mm to ensure it is safe to use.

A handrail can also be used to add an extra bit of height to your balustrade. If your balustrade is not the correct height to comply with Building Regulations, you can add a top rail on to add to the height.


How big is the baseplate?

At SHS Products, we offer two different baseplates and we have the round baseplate and the square baseplate.

Round Baseplate

The round base plate has a diameter of 120mm for the full plate and a diameter of 42.7mm for the centre hole that holds your stainless steel posts.

Diagram showing dimensions of a round baseplate

Square Baseplate

The square baseplate has dimensions of 110mm x 110mm and 24mm depth from the floor to the top of the baseplate.

diagram showing dimensions of a square baseplate


Is the SHS balustrade safe free-standing?

We hold strength testing certificates for all of the balustrades that we sell, and they were all tested when they were free-standing. So yes, your balustrade will be safe if it is free-standing.


Do SHS offer any different colours for stainless steel posts?

The only system we offer in a range of different colours is our infinity system, however, all of our other balustrade systems come with the option of having a Satin or Mirror polished finish.

The Infinity system comes in:



Silver Matt

Coastal Grey

Anthracite Grey (RAL7016)



For more information about the SHS Balustrade systems or for a free online quote, click here.



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