The verdict is in and the decision is clear: glass railings are the top choice for those wanting a fantastic view of their natural surroundings.
Whether it’s a glistening lake, rolling fields, or an ever-changing forest, quality glass railings will provide the full view of your scene from the comfort of your patio or deck.
More and more, property owners are upgrading to frameless glass railings, says Kevin Cardwell from Muskokify.
“They have the form and function you’re looking for in a railing,” explains Kevin. “Not only are they quite stylish, offer amazing views and block the wind, but they come in different mounting options to best suit your needs.”
Glass railings can be framed or frameless. Muskokify carries seven different styles of frameless glass railings. These include surface, edge, or side mounted spigots; base shoe channels; standoffs or full and half posts.
“Our frameless glass railings with marine grade stainless-steel spigots will make you almost forget they’re even there – though the occasional glint of sunlight may remind you,” says Kevin. “They’re the top choice for property owners wanting to enjoy their outdoor living areas to the fullest.”
However, when dealing with decks with waterproof membranes, it’s best to go with an edge or side mounted system to avoid damaging the integrity of the waterproof membrane.
“We see it all the time, where installing a surface-mounted railing product through a membrane has caused considerable water damage,” says Kevin.
Of course, there are other options and some still prefer the aesthetics of a full frame, full post or half post system which matches the décor of the home, cottage, or boathouse.
One thing to bear in mind with glass is that the view goes both ways. But those wanting to have a little more privacy should consider having a few of the panes etched or sandblasted. Tinted glass is also an option for privacy, and it adds a touch of contemporary style to cottages and boathouses.
“We can customize the railings to fit your style and needs,” says Kevin. “There are also a range of standard designs to choose from. It’s about ensuring you get the look and performance you want.”
TEXT CHRIS OCCHIUZZI | PHOTOS ANDREW FEARMAN