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Glass Railings: Merging Functionality with Aesthetic Appeal

Glass railings can upgrade and modernize any type of outdoor or indoor space. While glass is often used for contemporary decor, it can also be used to update traditional spaces. Using glass can be a great, affordable way to modernize your home, adding value, and improving safety.

Glass Railing systems are a necessary safety feature in commercial buildings and residential homes. However, in terms of design opportunities, railing systems are often overlooked. The glass railing systems designed and installed by GCS Glass and Mirror will not only improve the functionality and safety of a balcony, deck, or staircase, but they can also add a level of style that can instantly improve and update a room’s aesthetic appeal. 

What Are the Types of Railing Glass? 

Because the team at GCS Glass and Mirror can custom design glass railing systems based on your budget and style preferences, you can choose from a wide range of glass types that will allow the railing systems to seamlessly blend with the existing decor of a room or update the exterior of your home, for a contemporary look that will improve your home’s curb appeal. 

At GCS Glass and Mirror, you can choose from a variety of glass types from frosted glass and rain glass to ultra clear. This extra level of customization can provide the privacy or style you need while creating a unique focal point inside or outside of your home. 

Most glass railing systems are made using tempered glass, which is incredibly strong and will not shatter into sharp shards like traditional glass will. This glass is commonly used for glass shower doors and enclosures and is designed to easily withstand heavy-duty use.

Laminated glass is also used for railing systems and consists of a couple of panes of glass with a vinyl interlayer that adheres the panes together. This type of glass is the strongest option. The flexibility of the glass allows it to absorb a significant amount of force. 

Function Meets Style

Glass is a common material used in handrail design and provides a modern, elegant feel that can instantly update the look of your home. It can also make a space look larger and more open, improving light flow, and creating the illusion of a bigger space. Because of the durability of the material, it can also improve safety inside and outside the home, a must if you have children, elderly family members, or pets. 

Aesthetic Appeal of Transparent Railings 

The contemporary feel and clean lines of glass railings have made them a popular choice with homeowners over the years. Adding a glass railing system inside or outside the home provides a more contemporary feel, which can modernize an otherwise outdated space. Since glass is transparent, it can make even a narrow area or staircase seem more spacious and wider. 

Glass railings can also be ideal for maximizing visibility. If you have a gorgeous view off your balcony, a glass railing system will not obstruct it. 

Versatile Designs

The versatility of glass is what makes it such a popular choice among homeowners. At GCS Glass and Mirror, our team of glass contractors can custom design a railing system that enhances and modernizes the look and feel of your home, regardless of existing decor and style. 

Long-Term Durability 

In addition to its aesthetic appeal, glass railing systems are extremely safe and durable. Unlike other types of railing systems, a glass railing system does not have openings or slats, which makes it a much safer option in homes with children or pets. 

Additionally, the design of the railing system also makes it impossible for children or animals to climb, preventing falls. 

The thick glass used to create the panels in glass railing systems will not break into sharp pieces, which makes this material a safe choice to use on or around stairs. The thick glass also works as a barrier against heavy snowfall, rain, hail, and strong winds. 

Unlike railing systems that are made out of steel or wood, with proper care and maintenance you can keep your glass railing system looking new. Metal can rust and corrode, while wood can rot. Glass railing systems will continue to look great year after year. 

Safety Features

Glass railing systems are safe for use both indoors and outdoors. They can be used in all types of climates, and can easily withstand inclement weather and high winds. As mentioned earlier, the lack of spacing between the glass panels can prevent children and pets from catching their limbs in between slats or large spaces. Since a child or pet cannot climb up the glass panels, it can be a much safer alternative than traditional wood railing systems. 

Essentially, these systems are designed to protect against accidental falls, harsh winds, and extreme weather conditions. Perfect for indoor or outdoor use, glass railing systems are stylish, durable, and safe. 

Contact GCS Glass & Mirror to Get a Quote! 

Glass railing systems have become one of the leading choices for homeowners for many reasons. Not only are they affordable and versatile, but they’re also a great choice in homes with small children and pets, and can handle any type of challenging weather conditions. If you’ve decided to make this type of important investment in your home, contact GCS Glass and Mirror today to speak with one of our knowledgeable team members and get a free quote. 




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