Benefits of a Tempered Glass Railing

Ashley Christensen
September 1, 2023

Homes that have a deck or balcony will need to have some sort of railing as a safety measure. Thankfully you have options as to what material you want for your railing– tempered glass, wood, cable, metal, or composite. Each has its own benefits and drawbacks, and a range of practical applications to ornamentation. Here are five of the most popular railing types for homeowners to decide between. 


Durable tempered glass panels combined with an aluminum post are a clean, sleek, modern look that offers both an aesthetic look and safety. Glass railings are practical to use for both interior and exterior decks, stairs, and other similar applications.  Due to their clear nature, they allow for the view to be unobstructed, while still serving its purpose. The one downfall to glass railings, is they require more maintenance than other types as they show handprints and other smudges that require regular cleaning. 


Out of these five options, wood is the most traditional option for many homeowners. This is due in part to the fact that they are relatively inexpensive compared to the other materials. Available in different woods, they are easily customizable as they can be painted or stained to achieve the colors of choice. 


A more unique and modern approach to railings, cable railings are more common and work well in locations with harsh weather conditions. While they require minimal to no maintenance, they do tend to be one of the more expensive railing options available. 


The most common metals used to make railings are iron, steel, or powder-coated aluminum. Metal railings are both strong and stylish, which makes them a popular choice as you don’t have to worry about whether or not they will hold up. The one major downside to metal railings is they tend to be more difficult to install compared to the other options. 


Composite railings are made of a prefabricated material, meaning they are generally the most cost-effective and the lowest maintenance option available. Because they are more affordable and don’t require a lot of maintenance, it is easy to see why composite railings are such a popular option for many homeowners. 

As you can see there are many different options available when it comes to railings. If you are wanting to invest in a quality, glass railing contact Gordon’s Glass. We have experience in installing various sizes of glass railings and can help you get the perfect custom glass railing for your space

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