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Chris Breen

Chris Breen, Principal Owner of Legacy Decks and Outdoor Living and has been serving families in Upstate South Carolina since 2005.

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Modern Elegance: The Beauty of Glass Railing Design for Outdoor Decks

Glass railing designs for outdoor decks embody safety and style, creating an elegant, modern look. They provide safety to your outdoor spaces and create a visually stunning space. Their design allows for unobscured views, and the stylish glass adds sophistication.

At Legacy Decks, we see how these railings are becoming increasingly popular among homeowners wanting to modernize their custom decks. The benefits of these installations are numerous, including their versatility and ease of maintenance.

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Exploring Glass Railing Benefits

Glass railings boast many advantages, combining contemporary sophistication with practical usefulness. They are a wonderful touch to your outdoor deck. Have you ever seen a staircase or an outdoor deck where the railings used glass as an infill? If so, you know how beautiful they are.

  • Stronger Than You Think: A key perk lies in their structural integrity. The glass panels are made from tempered glass, a special type of safety glass. This tempered glass is actually four times tougher than your standard glass, making it incredibly resilient. In the rare case that a tempered glass panel does happen to break, it shatters into tiny, pebble-like pieces that are completely safe and non-hazardous.
  • Protection From Wind: Glass railings act as a barrier to block winds, unlike railings with traditional balusters. They will reduce the wind speed on your deck.
  • Added Safety for Children and Pets: While acting as a barrier to wind, the panels in glass deck railing systems provide a barrier for children and pets, keeping them on the deck.
  • Unobstructed Views: Glass railings will preserve the breathtaking panoramic views that outdoor decks are known for. This distinctive feature grants homeowners the luxury of unimpeded vistas while ensuring the security of their family members.
  • Provide a Modern Look: There’s just something about glass railings that makes them stand out and pop. They will add a sleek, modern feel to your home.
  • Are Durable: Regarding durability, glass railings reign supreme. Engineered to withstand the harshest weather conditions, they guarantee longevity and uninterrupted performance. Glass is also corrosion-resistant.
  • Offer Versatility: Glass railings can be customized to complement any deck’s unique aesthetic and design, allowing for a personal touch.
  • Increase Your Home’s Value: Glass railings can be a prudent investment, raising your property value and curb appeal. Should you decide to sell, this might be an attractive feature for prospective buyers with a penchant for contemporary design.

Innovative Glass Railing Design Ideas

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The flexibility of glass sets the stage for various unique design elements. Here are some popular choices for your design:

Frameless Glass Panels

Among the most popular trends is the frameless glass railing. This minimalist and modern approach offers a clear, uninterrupted view. Natural light flows freely, and the line between indoors and outdoors blurs, enhancing the visual appeal of any property. The frameless tempered glass panels are secured with minimal hardware.

Glass with Stainless Steel

Consider stainless steel railing components when you want to match durability with style. The stainless steel elements with the clear glass railings introduce a contemporary flair. The reflective properties of stainless steel paired with glass create an eye-catching, sophisticated effect that speaks of strength and elegance.

Combination Designs

Mix solid glass panels on the windward side of the deck with metal or wood railings on the side away from the winds. This provides targeted wind protection where needed while keeping a more open look in calmer areas.

Tinted or Frosted Glass

Tinted glass in colors like gray, bronze, or blue provides wind protection with a sleek, contemporary aesthetic. Light-frosted glass gives some privacy while still allowing light through. The translucent look is great for decks that are close to neighbors. However, if you love the unobstructed views glass offers, tinted or frosted glass might not be the best option.

Other Considerations for Your Glass Deck Railing Project

  • Building Codes: When incorporating glass railings into your deck design, there are usually strict local building codes for requirements on height, top rails, and structural loads. This is why you want to use a professional like Legacy Decks. For projects where permits are required, we will pull all permits.
  • Maintenance: Inspect the hardware on your glass railing once a year to make sure everything is tight and secure.
  • Keep the Glass Clean: Wipe your glass regularly with a soft microfiber cloth to prevent dust, dirt, and debris from building up. Use a mild soap for a deeper clean, and rinse thoroughly. Avoid abrasive sponges, brushes, cleaning products, and harsh chemicals.

Glass Railing FAQs

Is tempered glass really safe for glass railings?

Yes. As mentioned, they can be four to five times stronger than regular glass. They are engineered to meet all building code requirements, and when tempered glass breaks, it does not break into shards.

Are glass railings expensive?

Glass railing systems are more expensive than traditional railing options.

Are glass deck railings hard to keep clean?

No. Cleaning them doesn’t require any complex methods or harsh cleaning products. Just a simple mix of mild soap and water is enough.

Ready to Start Your Custom Deck Project with Glass Railings?

Custom decks with glass railings are an excellent option for those who want to enjoy unobstructed views of their surroundings. Whether looking for a sleek and modern look or something more traditional, glass railings can be customized to fit your style.

Do you live in Greenville? If you’re looking for a brand-new deck, Legacy Decks is here to help you create memories that will last a lifetime. Click here to learn more about our deck railings or request a free estimate to get started. We can’t wait to bring your dream deck to life!