Railings on your deck or patio – or even rooftop lounge – need to look good and perform better. However, in many cases the older models of railings are no longer able to do either.
Whether upgrading older railings out of necessity or deciding to enhance your view of the lake and natural environment, quality glass railings that are professionally installed are the best option, explains Kevin Cardwell from Muskokify.
“Glass railings have become the number-one choice for cottage country,” he says. “They are very strong and built to last. They will maximize the enjoyment of your deck, patio, or boathouse lounge.”
With both framed and frameless options available, glass railings can take your curb appeal to new heights. Couple that with the fact they also block the wind while providing tremendous views, and it’s a win-win situation.
“We’re seeing many clients go with frameless glass railings because of how incredible the views become without obstructions,” says Kevin. “As well, it makes your spaces feel much more open.”
If not for a glint of sunlight occasionally catching your eye, it’s easy to forget the frameless glass railings with marine-grade stainless steel spigots are even there.
The spigots can be surface mounted, fascia mounted, or side mounted to suit the requirements of the customer. Kevin says they can also mix and match spigots for a different look and style. The glass is as strong as you could want: the railings are made of half-inch tempered glass, which is the same material used in hockey arenas.
Kevin recommends using a fascia mount for decks or boathouses done with waterproof membranes to avoid puncturing the membrane with screw holes.
“The fascia mount definitely protects the integrity of a deck because it eliminates the chance of water penetration and future rot,” he says.
While the clear glass railings can provide a great view out, that view goes both ways. Those wanting to block some of your neighbour’s views for privacy should get some of the panes etched or sandblasted, says Kevin.
“You could also choose to go with tinted glass, which can still give a nice view while protecting your privacy,” he says. “Tinted glass is still stylish as ever and can accent your décor on a contemporary building.”
It all comes down to home and cottage owners being able to choose the right fit for their property and their own comfort level.
“We can help you make the best choice for your own needs, so you get a long-lasting railing system that looks fantastic.”
TEXT CHRIS OCCHIUZZI | PHOTOS ANDREW FEARMAN