There are many types of railing systems available and glass railings are relatively new when compared to other styles such as wrought iron, steel and wood. There are many advantages to glass railings and they can be quite cost effective. Glass railings can give your home and outdoor spaces a unique and modern look and compliment contemporary architecture. Glass railings can be used in a number of applications including balconies, decks and staircase railings.
Benefits of Glass Railings
Glass railings are gaining in popularity for a number of reasons. The open designs of glass railings are wonderful because they do not obstruct the view from your deck, patio or balcony. When utilized in balcony design, the view from within your home will not be compromised and additional light can flow into your house without the obstruction of a solid railing design.
Glass railings are also wonderful due to the fact that once installed, you will not have to worry much about them. They are very low maintenance and don’t need constant attention like some other railing materials. Occasional light cleaning is the only requirement for making your glass railings look the same as the day they were installed. You will be impressed with the low amount of care needed. The glass and metal that are used in glass railings are quite resistant to all types of weather and will continue looking good year after year.
Glass railings are offered in a number of different styles that can fit your tastes and needs. The shape of the glass can be altered in order to fit the specific shape of the perimeter of your deck, patio, staircase or balcony.
Options for Glass Railings
We know that you want a glass railing design that will be unique to your tastes, and you’re in luck, because glass railings are highly customized. The framing material used is usually stainless steel because it is a strong metal that compliments the look of glass railings. Some glass railings are designed so that glass is the only component aside from the minimum amount of metal needed for support, while other designs incorporate additional metal railings and use glass only for the upper balustrade. The design possibilities are practically endless.
Another form of customization of glass railings is the glass itself. The glass can be curved in order to fit the shape of your balcony or patio. There are also new technological developments that are bringing new glass options to glass railings. While glass is already quite low maintenance, a new “self cleaning” glass is becoming more common. This type of glass repels dirt and dust build up and can stay clean and clear without being manually cleaned. This is great for glass railings because the outer glass on balconies and patios can often be difficult or impossible to reach when cleaning. Another form of customization for the glass is its thickness.
The thicker the glass is, the less likely it is going to break. Glass thickness ranges anywhere from 10 to 24mm. The glass used for glass railings can also be tinted. There are various colors of tint that can be used to match your style, however the tinted glass is usually only available in 10 or 12 mm thickness.