There is nothing quite as nice as sitting in a beautiful location and having a clear view from the balcony. While there are many homes and apartments that offer balconies for outdoor living, these traditional balconies often obscure the view due to large wooden slats or black wrought iron. Rather than pay the price for a view that is disrupted, opt instead for glass balcony railings.
Types of Glasses
Glass balcony railings come in a variety of shapes, sorts and sizes. The most common glass for a balcony is as follows:
- Tempered glass
- Laminated glass
Tempered glass balcony railings are considered the safest form of glass. This glass is extremely durable and flexible. Because of how it is made, if it breaks, it will shatter into many small pieces keeping a person safe from large shards of glass.
Laminated glass balcony railings are also flexible, but not as durable. This glass is more likely to break, but since it has a plastic sheet-like substance in the glass, it does not produce large shards of glass either.
Plexiglas is actually a form of plastic that is very clear. While Plexiglas does not shatter, it is also not as crystal clear to look through, and it can scratch fairly easily. However, it is safe due to its impact deflection.
Types of Railings
Glass balcony railings come is variety of shapes, colors, textures, and expense. When working with any glass product, it is important to determine how you want the final product to look. The following is a list of some of the most popular glass balcony railings:
- Stainless steel
Stainless steel glass balcony railings are one of the most common systems found. The stainless steel runs around the glass panels like a picture frame. The steel gives the balcony a sense of space with a cutting modern edge that many professionals enjoy. The stainless steel can be installed either with a shiny finish or a satin powdered finish. The satin finish gives a slightly less formal feel to the balcony, and it has the benefit of not showing fingerprints. But if the shiny, classic look is what you are looking for, it will give the balcony a formal expensive look.
Rimless glass balcony railings appear as if they are floating. With absolutely no visible railing system, the panels of glass are nearly translucent. Considered to be ultra modern and refined, this form of balcony system comes at a hefty price. The amount of labor that is need to seal the glass and set it with the proper epoxy takes expert planning and detail. However, after professional installation has been completed, the seamless look completes every million dollar view.
The last form of glass balcony railings that have recently become popular is the topless railing. With this look, the panels of glass are framed only on the sides, with no rail obstructing the view from the top of the glass. This polished look is an excellent detail for many business offices or medical offices. It is cool and contemporary, but has a touch of class included. Another positive attribute for this newly redesigned balcony product, is that the glass used in this type of railing is low maintenance and does not require a large amount of care.
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