Indoors or out, glass railings are a hard-working, durable investment that keeps on giving back. While railings and balustrades are available in a variety of materials, there is no doubt in our minds that glass is by far the best option. The increasing popularity of architectural glass in contemporary design demonstrates that we aren’t the only ones appreciating the numerous benefits of glass railings.
They Look Like New Forever.
Wood ages into a greyed, splintered mess. Metals rust. But glass stays beautiful seemingly forever. Glass isn’t bothered by snow, wind, or rain, and a little soap and water is all that’s needed to make it shine like new again. Of course, no material lasts forever, but glass ages very slowly compared to others. Consider that natural glass, called obsidian, is a very strong, volcanic rock. Manufactured glass, like its natural counterpart, offers the durability of rock, and it will not corrode with weather exposure, crack because of the temperature outdoors, or become discoloured from sitting in the sun.
Open & Beautiful.
While our glass railings are available in a wide variety of aesthetic options, including limitless textures and colours, in general, glass is transparent and allows for the free movement of light. Natural sunlight makes people happier, so transparent glass is a great option for both home or business. Indoors and out, allowing sunlight to radiate into your space will make it feel larger and more open. The unobstructed view of the outdoors or your floor plan, makes the space feel vast and airy. But if you’re looking for more privacy, our custom glass craftspeople can create frosted, coloured, or even opaque glass to meet your unique needs.
Many Canadians are taking their carbon footprint seriously and trying to limit the harm they cause to the environment. Businesses, in particular, benefit from the public-relations bump that comes with making eco-friendly decisions. As a material, glass is probably one of the most environmentally friendly options available. Unlike wood, it doesn’t require deforestation. Metals must be mined, and they can emit harmful compounds as they age and corrode. Glass, on the other hand, is 100% recyclable and chemically inert.
When it comes to railings, there simply aren’t any other contenders. Glass is the only material that offers low maintenance, high durability, and virtually limitless customization, all in an environmentally-friendly package. If you want to make the smart choice for your home, business, or construction project, contact House of Mirrors today to learn more about what makes glass railings the right option.