When it comes time to decide which type of railing system is best for your deck, you are faced with a number of options, each one of which presents its own benefits and drawbacks. Wrought iron railing presents an elegant look and feel, but it also exudes more of a traditional feeling. Simple steel rails are functional, but that is about it. Wooden railings may match your deck, but, because they are also made of wood, they can weaken over time. Plus, wooden railings need the same level of maintenance and care as your actual deck, and don’t you have enough to do with that already? Also, with all of the above options, the threat that things may fall off the edge through the grates is ever-present, especially with decks that are high up in the air.
For a sleek, modern look that provides a greater amount of safety, durability, and beauty, however, it’s hard to beat frameless glass railings. The name provides the best description as frameless glass railings are exactly what they sound like: strong panes of glass that act as solid, protective barriers of the edge of your deck. Frameless glass railings provide a number of benefits over and above traditional railings, many of which defy initial expectations.
- Safety – Probably the biggest expectation of all, most people think of glass railings and imagine fragile edges, ever threatening to break and shatter. However, contrary to those expectations, frameless glass railings are designed to be just as strong as wrought iron railings. Comprised of thick, tempered glass, frameless glass railings can stand up to just as much pressure and use as any other railing material. Additionally, because they are comprised of however many solid sheets of tempered glass as is needed, there are no large, open gaps for items or small children to fall through. Frameless glass railings provide a strong, transparent border that stretches the entire edge of your deck.
- Appearance – While more traditional railing materials such as wrought iron or wood have a classical look to them, it’s hard to beat the sheer stylish nature of frameless glass railings. Imagine sitting on your deck looking out into your yard without any bars or posts getting in your way. Frameless glass railings provide an amazing level of safety while seeming almost nonexistent.
- Durability – Wrought iron railings can rust and become corroded over time. Wooden railings can become dulled and weakened. Composite railings are relatively durable, but they can also grow weak over time. Most railing materials have at least one or two drawbacks that require maintenance or certain types of compensation. Meanwhile, frameless glass railings present none of those drawbacks. They are impervious to the elements. Because they are made of hardened glass, their fastenings will never weaken. They will never rust or become worn out. And finally, the only maintenance they require is to be occasionally wiped down with glass cleaner.
While frameless glass railings do have a huge number of benefits that other railing materials do not, they do have one drawback: they are not a do-it-yourself type of material. In order to experience all of the benefits they have to offer, frameless glass railings need to be installed by a team of experienced professionals. Fortunately, we at M.E. Contracting are specialists in the installation of frameless glass railings. We know exactly how to install them so that they will last for years because we have been doing it for just as long. We pride ourselves on providing the very best deck installation services in the Toronto area, and we strive to provide the highest quality services with each and every installation project we perform.
Don’t just take our word for it, though.