Glass railings are one of the most popular choices today. Not only they are efficient and effective but also add to the curb appeal of your property. They have become a trending alternative to wooden or steel railings and handrails.
Glass railings look amazing, add openness, and also make your space look bigger. If you are someone who is looking forward to installing glass railings, here are a few things you should keep in mind when looking for glass railings for your home.
- Glass ceilings come in different types of glass railing system
There are a wide variety of ways with which the glass ceilings can be installed. Today there are different types of glass railing systems available, before installing the glass railings; you should consider how these styles fit into the overall style in the feel of your home. There are three main categories of the glass railing system that are dadoed glass railing, standoff glass railing, and clamped glass railing.
- Dadoed glass railing
This type of glass railing system is the system where the glass railing panels are secured within the top railing and the bottom shoe. The glass exists within a wooden framework. They have the cleanest visual appeal because there is no need for clips or hardware.
–Standoff glass railing
In this type of glass railing system, the glass panels are secured with the help of a standoff. The glass has holes pre-drilled, it is levelled in place, and the standoffs secure the panel to the vertical plane of the stair and the floor system.
–Clamped glass raining
In this glass railing system, the glass panels are secured with glass clips mounted to post or occasionally the railing or Shoe. This is type comes with an option to use wood or steel posts if you wish to highlight your hardware. This is one of the most appealing styles.
- Always consider safety first
When looking out for glass railing it is always recommended to consider the local building code requirements in your area regarding the type of safety glass required or allowed. You should know that safety glass comes in two types, laminated and tempered. Tempered glass is the kind of heat-treated glass that has increased surface strength and changes the break patterns, whereas, the laminated glass is two pieces of glass fused with an inner layer. This glass is capable of providing extra safety and security.
- Required maintenance.
You should know that glass railing, generally requires more maintenance than the standard wooden or steel railings. To maintain the stunning looks of your glass railing, day to day maintenance will be needed. A soft cloth or a soft scrub with soap and water is all that is required to maintain its shine.
- Consider the budget and cost
Although glass railing costs more than the traditional wooden railings, they are worth the price. Among all the styles, dadoed glass railing is the most cost-effective as it is thinner, has less machining, no holes, less polishing, and does not require any pricey hardware. The money invested into the glass railing would be absolutely worth it and will significantly improve your lifestyle and function.