I'm trying to design/install a custom glass railing in my home. Here is my design concept:
It consists of a 13' span covered by 12' (4 pieces 3' wide) of railing with an aluminum channel at the top to serve as a handrail (it also contains lighting).
The plan is to side mount the glass panels into the lower surface as indicated in the model. Here is a detail view:
The framing underneath looks like this:
My understanding is that the building code requires the railing to withstand 200 lbs of lateral force at 42" from the floor. Those numbers make sense to me as it predicts that if an adult accidentally fell against it, it wouldn't fail.
Does anyone know the relevant code(s) for this sort of thing?
Can I simply screw into the beam? If so, with what hardware?
We're trying to avoid having any vertical posts, but is there an alternative mounting strategy that might make more sense -- or be more cost effective?
Thank you for you time and consideration. Cheers.