Balustrades refer to barrier structure that functions as both support as well as protection on raised areas. They are commonly used on stairways, decks, balconies and anywhere you will find the need to install a protective barrier. Conventional materials used in the manufacture of balustrades included wood for the interior of the home and concrete or steel for the exterior. However, over time and with advancements in technology, glass railings are steadily gaining popularity as balustrading. Below are some of the numerous benefits that glass railings can provide you with.
Glass railings can be used for an assortment of applications
One of the major benefits of glass railings is their versatility. When it comes to other materials, you would have to consider their application before you could determine if they would be suited or not. For instance, wood balustrades are great for the indoors but will become highly susceptible to damage if they are used outdoors. As such, their versatility is limited to interior applications. Steel balustrades, on the other hand, may be used outdoors, but they would have to be installed in areas that are relatively sheltered from the elements to prevent premature corrosion. With glass railings, you do not have to worry about the exposure to the elements. Therefore, they can be installed anywhere both in and around the home.
Glass railings are safe and secure
Some people may be under the assumption that glass may not be suitable for railings as this material is fragile. The reality is that glass railings are not made from annealed glass, which is the normal type of glass. Instead, they are manufactured from tempered glass. This is glass that has been put through heat processing to make it tougher than normal. As a result, the glass railings will be able to withstand high impact without the risk of shattering. In the unlikelihood that the tempered glass breaks, it will not be a hazard. This is because the lamination of the glass ensures that it will stay in place rather than shatter into small, sharp, dangerous pieces. Overall, glass railings would be a safe and secure alternative for your balustrading needs.
Glass railing enhances natural lighting
If you are concerned about your railings blocking the illumination of light in your home, then glass railings would be an ideal choice for your needs. Since the glass is transparent, light will not be obstructed. In addition to this, the glass will also reflect the light available, which would enhance the natural lighting in your home.