If you are considering glass deck railings for your deck, you have many options to choose from. In fact, one of the main reasons these railings are so popular and making a strong comeback is their design versatility. You can customize the look and benefits of your glass railings simply by choosing the ideal mix of options for your needs.
We explore six key facts about glass deck railings below. Through these, you can start visualizing your new deck and its lasting beauty with glass railings. In fact, your railing system will never go out of style.
1. Glass railing infill provides excellent design versatility.
Glass panels used for these railing systems offer multiple options from which to choose. These options affect pricing, making your budget a big factor in your final decision. But each offers its own benefits, too. Infill options include tempered glass panels, clear glass, coloured glass, low iron glass and patterned or etched glass.
2. You can choose from a range of railing post materials.
To further customize your glass railing appearance and design versatility, you can choose from plastic, wood, stainless steel or aluminum post materials. These different materials enable your railing system to suit specific design schemes.
3. Handrails are available in a range of styles.
Just like with infill and support railings, your glass deck rail system can feature your choice of handrail styles. These options include flat railings, round rails and wood rails.
4. Glass railing systems have limitless applicability, both inside and outside of your home or office.
You can use glass railings well beyond your outside deck. They look just as beautiful on stairs, balconies, patios, porches, rooftops and lofts.
5. lass railings can suit residential and commercial properties.
Applicability of glass railings includes both commercial and residential purposes. Of course, the environment and railing purposes affect decision-making in the choice of materials and other options.
6. You have options in selecting glass railing hardware and accessories.
You can choose from a broad range of options for glass railing hardware, glass clamps and base plate covers. As with other aspects of your railings, these choices affect the appearance of your completed system.
Other Benefits of Glass Deck Railings
As you can see from the above design options, glass railings are highly customizable. When well-designed and implemented, your railing system reflects your design aesthetic and complements your structure, not taking away from it. This makes your glass railing system as timeless and applicable as the rest of your décor.
Below are some other benefits of glass railings:
Glass railings for your deck and other areas offer high aesthetic appeal. They prove more subtle than other types of railings, blending with the environment around them and yet looking great at the same time. Designers often consider glass railing systems the “gold standard” in visual appeal.
Using a glass railing system gives the views around your deck or other parts of your property the chance to shine without obstruction. You have the option to select completely transparent glass to suit the purposes of such a view. You can also choose etched glass or other non-transparent surfaces for your infill to provide the opposite effect.
Glass railing systems offer more complete barriers than other types of open railing. This reduces the inconvenience and dangers of items being lost through railings to the ground below.
Glass railings are typically crafted of 1/4-inch thick tempered glass. This makes the glass extremely durable and unlikely to ever crack or break during normal daily use. They provide this durability with low-maintenance benefits that far outweigh the maintenance requirements of other types of railing.