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Basic Guideline You Need to Know About Glass Railings

 

When it comes time to choose what railings you want to go with your project, there are a wide variety of choices for you to choose from. There are wrought iron railings that provide a strong look and feel to your project. Wooden railings provide a classic and timeless look to your project. However, one type of railing provides a modern and clean look while providing more safety and security. Glass railings provide a look that is clean and modern while still providing the safety and security you want.

Glass railings are just what they sound like, panes of glass that have been strengthened and tempered. Many of the benefits that glass railings provide to your project are sometimes the things we don’t think about.

Glass railings provide a level of safety that other railings cannot match. Contrary to what people might think of glass railings they are not fragile pieces of glass that will shatter at the slightest touch. Glass railings are made from however many sheets of tempered and hardened glass that is needed and then fused together into one solid piece. This provides a wide and protective railing without any large gaps for things to fall through.

Gone are the days when you have to worry about things falling through the railings. With the solid panes of glass that make up glass railings, there is a complete barrier that stops anything you might drop from falling.

Glass railings also provide a clean and modern look that no other type of railing can match. They provide a seamless viewing experience. The ability to look through the railings at your surrounds without any bars in the way is something that only a glass railing can provide. Glass railings provide an amazing level of safety while also seeming non-existent.

There is also unmatched durability in glass railings. Compared to iron railings that can rust and oxidize or wooden railings that can rot and splinter, glass railings have no issues that arise from age. Their fastenings never weaken, they never rust, and they never wear out. The only maintenance that they require is an occasional wiping with a glass cleaner.

No matter what the look of your project is, glass railings are able to compliment any style or design. You can use any material as cap ends for your glass railings. Have an antique wooden staircase that you want to add a railing too? You can add a glass railing to it and cap it off with wooden accents to match the look of the staircase. Or if you have a metal walkway that you want to add a railing so you can add a glass railing and accent it with metal.

There is only one major downside to glass railings; they are not very DIY friendly. While you can attempt to install them yourself, having a professional help you is always better. Trust the professionals at The Glass Connection to help you with the perfect glass railing, no matter your project.

 

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4 Important Things to Know When Buying Glass Railings

 

Glass railings are a wonderful addition to any project no matter where you decide to use them. The beautiful aesthetic makes glass railings an attractive option to anyone looking to install new railings. However, there are many things to consider whenever any improvements are being done. While glass railings are amazing there are still a few things to know and consider when you decide you want to purchase them. Listed below are 4 big things to consider when you are thinking of buying glass railings.

1. Look

Glass railings offer a sophisticated and clean look to any space they are a part of. The see-through glass and minimal posts offer an unobstructed view. This can really help make a space look much larger then it is. The posts of a glass railing can be customized to fit any space. Metal or wood posts can be used to complement the space where you install your railings. If you don’t want to have clear glass for any reason, there is also the option to get the tinted or frosted glass. While this doesn’t provide the same sightlines as regular glass, it still provides the clean look that glass has.

2. Maintenance

Maintenance for glass railings is relatively simple and easy. The railings need only an occasional cleaning with a glass cleaner every once and a while. Nothing beats a simple wipe down when it comes to cleaning. If the idea of simple and low maintenance is appealing, glass railings may be what you’re looking for.

3. Safety

Opposed to traditional railings that have gaps between the bars, glass railings are made with solid sheets of tempered glass. This means that there is very little space for little ones or things to fall through. If you want the peace of mind that nothing will fall through the railing, glass railings are a great choice. Glass railings are also stronger than most people assume. They do not simply shatter as people would assume since they are made with multiple panes of tempered glass.

4. Investment

It’s no secret that glass railings are a bit more expensive than traditional wood or metal railings. What some people forget when it comes to glass railings is that they are very desirable when it comes to the resale value of your home. While the initial cost might seem a bit higher than expected, you will recoup the cost if you ever decide to sell.

These are just some of the things to know if you’re thinking about getting glass railings installed. Glass railings are a very clean addition to any project that can help change the look of a space dramatically. If you have any interest in glass railings do not hesitate to contact us about getting them installed into your home.

 

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Things to Consider when Installing Glass Railings

 

More and more people are starting to seriously consider installing glass railings instead of traditional railings such as metal or wood. Glass railings have a look that cannot be replicated by the other types of railings. The clean lines and ability to see through them provide a look that is completely unique to them. While glass railings look like an intimidating thing to install, they are relatively straight-forward as long as you keep some things in mind when installation begins.

No matter where you are in the world, the general steps for installing railings are the same. However, due to the fact that glass railings are large sheets of glass, there is plenty that needs to be taken into consideration before you begin the installation. If you go through the trusted team at The Glass Connection you can be sure that all safety is considered but if you go want to go without, here are some key things you should be thinking about.

Types of Glass

Whenever you are looking for glass to use in a railing always be sure that it is safety glass. Normal panes of glass used in windows are not strong enough to be used in glass railings. The type of glass used in glass railings is usually toughened glass that is around four times stronger than regular glass. There is also the option of laminated glass that includes a plastic interlayer film like that found in car windshields.

Storage of the Glass

If you are ordering the glass on your own, then you might need to store the glass until you are ready to install them. The best tips for storing the glass are to lift it vertically, keep the packaging in one piece and protect the edges in particular.

Safety Handling Glass

If you decide to handle the glass yourself during installation always be sure that you are being careful. Wear protective gloves at all times and be sure that you have assistance when handling the larger sheets of glass. Using rubber grommets and rubber shoes reduces both the chance of slippage and any unnecessary damage to the glass. If you are not directly involved with this step of installation make sure that anyone else is following proper safety guidelines.

Care of Glass

Once the installation is over, you must still maintain your glass railing. Most glass railings are protected by a glass coating. This coating ensures that the surface of your glass railing maintains its clarity and look. Once, after your railings are installed, you shouldn’t need to worry about them besides regular cleaning with glass cleaner.

Glass railings can be a wonderful addition to any space. The unique look they provide is something that makes them worth getting. However, they are not without issues. By keeping some of these things in mind when it comes time for the installation of your glass railings you can be sure that the installation goes smoothly and without worry.

 

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The Benefits of Frameless Glass Railings

 

If you are someone that wants to live in a high rise or actually does currently live in a high rise, especially in a large city, you know that you are likely to be getting a spectacular view from your balcony. What better way to take advantage of that view than with frameless glass railings?

Here are the five benefits of installing frameless glass railings in your home and around your property.

No Repainting or Finishing Required

Some places are more suited to having wood-based railings, but in more beautiful areas, like above a sprawling cityscape or a naturistic landscape, a topless glass railing has more benefits. They have a wider selection of design options. They also are very durable, and do not need constant repainting or refinishing, and are not subject to the surface cracking, like wood.

Unobstructed View

You might have a property with an amazing view, which might be obstructed by railings. If you want the full extent of your view, replace the wooden/steel railings with topless glass railings that will allow you to have an unobstructed view.

Increases the Value of Your Home

With the unobstructed view from your patio, balcony or deck as a result from installing topless glass railings, you easily add a significant resale value to your home, making it easier to sell than other homes in your area because of this modern addition.

Unique Look of Glass Railings

Wood is a beautiful material and could be the right solution for your home depending on the situation. But if you are able, and want to differentiate your home from the others in your neighborhood, then installing glass railings on your deck/patio/balcony does just that.

Unmatched Durability

Topless glass railings blend in perfectly with the aesthetic of your view and the price you get for the durability is almost unmatched. It is a toughened glass that has been heat soaked, which makes it virtually indestructible. It is nowhere near as fragile as regular glass and will not shatter if a pet or a child runs into it. Even during the strongest storms, with projectiles being thrown at the railing, it is highly unlikely that the glass will break or crack.

Unique Design

The glass railings can be cut into any size or shape which can help give your home a unique and totally customized look. If you want, you can choose different tints of glass which can offer some privacy if it is preferred.

Some people might prefer the look of classic wood to glass, but for those who want to enjoy their views and the landscapes around their properties to the fullest, then the topless and frameless glass railings are the right choices for them. This is a great way to upgrade any deck or balcony while providing uninterrupted and natural views.

 

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