Toronto glass railing installer says it supports installation of heat treated laminated glass balcony railings

Market Wire
August 22, 2011

Toro Aluminum Railings, the balcony guard railing manufacturer that installed some of the glass railings at the downtown Toronto condominiums where glass balcony lites have fallen in recent months, issued an Aug. 19 Market Wire release stating that the company is "working with industry partners, developers, glass engineers, the city and other glass railing manufacturers to examine the reasons for the tempered glass breakages."

"As has been detailed in the media by engineers specializing in glass, spontaneous glass breakages do happen in buildings around the world and are inherent with tempered glass," the statement reads. "In relation to the volume of installations and the long life-span of tempered glass balcony railings, breakages are the exception and not the norm."

"As a leading Canadian manufacturer of high-rise balcony railings, we look forward to the important industry-wide discussions and meetings that need to take place with government officials, building developers, architects, engineers, and other railing manufacturers about the future of tempered glass balcony railings in condominium high-rise projects," the release states.

Toro Aluminum Railings officials said they support the installation of heat treated laminated glass balcony railings and advocate a review of the applicable building codes as they relate to tempered glass railings installation in high-rise buildings.

"Toro Aluminum Railings also supports Toronto City Councillor Kristyn Wong-Tam's call for a broad investigation into the increased incidents of spontaneous glass breakages in Toronto," according to the release.

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