Common Applications of Exterior Glass Railing
Exterior glass railing is an aesthetically pleasing option to use when wrought iron railing or wood railings will not be attractive. There are many applications for exterior glass railings. The two most common are for a deck and stairs. Another place for exterior glass railing is on a balcony or a patio. A railing system on exterior stairs or any raised platform is required by nearly all building codes. However, railing systems made of glass have a few advantages over other material.Types of Glass RailingsGlass railing is available in a frame or as a frameless design. A frameless design is best suited for pools and decks as safety fencing. The way a frameless design works is that no posts are seen between panels of glass. This gives the appearance of an invisible frame. Clamps or supports are used to support all the panels from the ground. If a frame design is being used, then a frame will be installed before adding all the glass panels. Another type of exterior glass railing is a freestanding design. This type of design uses supports that encase each glass panel. Multiple panels will be installed to complete the railing. Stairs The most common application for a railing system is an exterior staircase. Railings are needed to grasp to maintain balance and to keep from falling. The use of glass railings over wrought iron or even wood is that the glass is clear and does not obstruct the view. Decks Homes with a deck that overlooks a backyard, lake, or other landscape feature will need a safety railing installed. One benefit of an exterior glass railing is that the panels are clean and will not block the view or light. This means that individuals sitting on the desk can see through the glass. Porches The front porch of a home is typically raised up from the ground. This means that a safety railing may need to be installed depending on the height. A glass railing is an option that looks better than having the railing be of a less attractive material. The use of glass can also mean that a porch will look more open and inviting. Balconies Glass railings are commonly found on balconies at high-end hotels. The look of glass will make a hotel or any building look better than solid material. This is also an option for a balcony that is installed on a typical home.
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