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Glass Railings: Yay or Nay?

Glass railings have wowed many homeowners, interior designers, and architects alike for their unique aesthetic and novel concept. It’s no secret that glass is a versatile material to work with, for both residential and commercial spaces. Because of its unique characteristic of being see-through, it can match almost any interior.

If you’re considering having glass railings installed in your home, this is your sign to do so. Here’s why:

Why Get Glass Railings?

Many homeowners have theirs installed for the aesthetic, but they can attest to the durability of glass railings. But other than that, here are other reasons to think about.

Variety and Versatility

Glass for railings is a popular choice among homeowners who are into the minimalist look. They offer an elegant, anti-cluttered look that’s aesthetically pleasing to the eyes. Coming in multiple designs and styles, they can be good for any space at home–staircases, balconies, decks, and more. Glass railings can be frosted, unfrosted, framed, or frameless. Depending on the homeowner’s style and preference, glass railings are highly customizable so there’s bound to be a style for everyone.

Rich Feel, Rich Look

Glass has a quality to them, a sleek and elegant quality to them. They contribute to that minimalist, futuristic look to a home. It allows other interior elements to shine and let natural light flow easily in a room. The same can’t be said for other materials used for railing. Regardless of wherever these glass railing panels will be installed in a home, they will elevate a room without fail.


It’s normal human instinct to expect the glass to be easily broken, and understandably so. We’ve broken a window or glassware at least once in our lives. Contrary to the initial impression of many, glass railings are not as easy to break as regular glass. In reality, these one-quarter-inch thick glass panels used for railings are durable and not easy to crack, chip, or break. They may not look like it, but they wouldn’t be made into railings if they weren’t capable of withstanding weight and pressure.

Easy to Maintain

Glass is pretty simple and straightforward as a material, especially in cleaning. Unlike other materials such as wood, iron, and others, glass is easier to clean and maintain. There is no chance of developing mold or rot to cause a homeowner’s headache. Because of the glass’ smooth, sleek surface, cleaning it is convenient and straightforward. With a microfiber cloth, sponge, or squeegee, clean glass railings weekly. Use an effective cleaning solution or homemade vinegar and water solution when you do.

Easy Damage Control

Over time, the glass can collect minor scratches and scuffs, and that’s nothing to worry about. Restore the shine and sleek appearance with the help of polishing products. Although rare, if there is any sign of cracking or breaking contact a window installation professional to get it replaced immediately. Putting it off will only guarantee messy aftermath and a headache.

Tempered Glass VS Laminated Glass: Which Is Better?

When it comes to glass panels, it boils down to two in the market: tempered glass and laminated glass.

Why Tempered Glass?

Do you prefer an unobstructed view from your balcony? Tempered glass is the one for you. Tempered glass is one of the most common types of glass used for glass railing panels. The way it’s made is by putting a number of glass panels together through a heating and cooling process, which makes the glass even stronger than it was before.

When broken, its shards are large chunks instead of sharp bits. In any case, this reduces the chance of getting injured.

Why Laminated Glass?

If tempered glass is a number of glass panels put together through a process, the laminated glass includes a vinyl layer in between the layers of glass. This is why it seems “less invisible” compared to tempered glass. There are different types of vinyl film inserted in between the panels of glass. Generally, these include PVB (polyvinyl butyral), SGP (sentry guard plus interlayer), and EVA (ethylene-vinyl acetate). PVB is often used for automotive parts and purposes

EVA is unable to withstand prolonged exposure to UV rays. The bending behavior, structural behavior, and other characteristics may vary depending on the interlayer.

Depending on the interlayer used, laminated glass has its share of perks. However, laminated glass with an SGP layer is the one that’s mostly used in hotels, airports, and other establishments. Laminated glass panels with an SGP layer are also strong enough to withstand extreme weather conditions.

At the end of the day, your pick is the best one. Considering where and how these railings are going to be installed, choosing which one serves you best is the best choice. However, making an educated decision is the best route to take so read up and consult with your local glass provider.

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