Do you need a glass railing? You should be aware of the following five points before starting your project. Glass is currently by far the most used material for fences. It makes sense why people prefer it to hardwood spindles and railings.
Glass railing enhances light flow, improves openness, makes rooms appear more significant, and has a beautiful visual impact. When properly built and implemented, it increases a home’s value and luxury while also being highly secure and useful. When considering glass railing for your home, keep these five points in mind.
1. A Variety of Glass Railing Systems Are Available
There are various methods for installing glass railings. Consider how the various systems fit into the overall feel and style of your home as you examine the various systems. Specialized Stair and Rail divides interior glass railing into three main categories: dadoed, standoff, and clamped.
Dadoed Glass Railing
Dadoed glass railings are fastened within the top rail and bottom shoe in a system known as dadoed glass railing. Essentially, a wooden framework surrounds the glass. This railing looks the cleanest because no clips or fasteners are required.
Standoff Glass Railing
Standoff glass railing is a system in which standoffs are used to secure the glass panels (round stainless steel cylinders). The glass is leveled, predrilled with holes, and fastened to the vertical face of the stair and floor system with standoffs.
The visible hardware for this railing system can be kept to a minimum. A decision to employ this system must be taken at the frame stage due to the fastening mechanism, as there must be enough backing in place to support the glass.
Clamped Glass Railing
Glass panels are fastened to poles, or sporadically the railing or shoe, in a system known as clamped glass railing. With this method, you may choose between using steel or wood posts, and since posts are regularly needed, you can emphasize your hardware (steel or black). This fashion may be highly alluring to some people.
2. Consider Safety and Local Building Codes
Regarding the kind of safety glass (tempered, laminated) that is necessary or permitted in your location, it is crucial to take into account the local building code regulations.
Specialized Stair and Rail sell a tempered glass of exceptionally high caliber. Heat-treated glass with a modified shatter pattern and improved surface strength is known as tempered glass. Tempered glass shatters into tiny cubes when it cracks for safety reasons.
Laminated glass is made of two pieces of glass fused together with an interlayer. This strengthens the glass and increases security. When a piece of glass breaks, just one side of the object is damaged.
3. Glass Railing Requires Maintenance
Glass railing requires less general, long-term maintenance than a wood equivalent. However, depending on your way of life, routine upkeep must be considered because a clean railing appears much prettier than one that is dirty. Use just a soft cloth, vinegar or soap, and water; stay away from harsh scrubbers.
4. Consider Budget and Cost
Glass railing is frequently more expensive than average. Dadoed glass railing can be thinner (6mm versus 10 or 12mm), has less machining, has fewer holes, requires less polishing, and does not need any expensive hardware, making it the least expensive of the sorts.
Keep in mind that you frequently get what you pay for when selecting stainless steel or other glass components. At this point, spending extra money will significantly improve the aesthetic and functionality.
5. The Experience of the Company is Very Important
Our railing is a custom-built, expertly installed structure that is carefully measured, uniquely designed, and made to order. The overall quality and elegance of the finished product depend on how precisely the design and installation were carried out. A seasoned company should be chosen, and final product examples should be requested.
Additionally, consider how securely the hardware is holding the glass in place. Depending on the quality of the hardware, your railing system’s overall level of safety can vary significantly. Q-Railing is the only thing Specialized Stairs offers. This company has a reputation for providing high-quality, stylish products.
Glass Railings in Toronto
Get in contact with the professionals at Alumiguard MFG to find out more about maintaining glass railings or for help selecting the ideal product for your requirements. We may be reached at (416) 740-7444 by phone or text, and we’d be pleased to address any inquiries you may have about our products.