There comes a time when your deck or patio railings need an update. Especially if they’re of the older, wooden variety that are looking tired and worn.
Adding a stylish look with functional benefits is a must for full enjoyment of your outdoors. It’s why Kevin Cardwell from Muskokify recommends glass railings to his clients.
Tremendously strong and built to last, glass railings are trending throughout cottage country.
“They’re becoming very popular because they look good, block the wind and offer amazing views,” he says. “There are both framed and frameless options available, depending on the aesthetics you want.”
Frameless glass railings with marine-grade stainless steel spigots open the view so much that you might forget they’re there, if not for the occasional glint of sunlight. They’re the top choice for property owners wanting to enjoy their outdoor living areas to the fullest.
“If you’re looking at the woods, you get a full view; if you’re looking at the lake, it’s a clear sight,” says Kevin. “You’re not staring at a post or frame that takes away from the experience.”
The mounting systems have evolved over the years and feature more choices than ever before. Full post and half post systems were the start of eliminating the need for a full frame railing. The latest system is a stainless-steel U-channel that can be mounted on the fascia.
Kevin says they can also mix and match spigots with U-channel mounts for a different look and style.
For ground-level decks or those with waterproof membranes, the fascia mount is best, since it avoids screw holes. Requiring less hardware, the fascia mount will protect the integrity of the deck.
If you want to block out a neighbour’s view from one side or another, Kevin suggests getting some of the panes etched or sandblasted. Another option is to choose tinted glass: it offers privacy as well as style, providing an accent to the décor of a contemporary cottage or boathouse.
Muskokify has plenty of other railing options and colours to fit any home or cottage. Their glass railing systems with vertical posts and no top rail have a solid, clean look to them. Half posts, base shoes, and standoffs are also available. If you want to stay more traditional, consider a unique picket railing system that features fully welded picket panels, which are stronger and cleaner-looking than systems that are assembled onsite.
“There are many standard designs to choose from, or we can custom build just what fits your needs,” explains Kevin. “It’s all about choice and making sure you get the style and function you want.”
TEXT CHRIS OCCHIUZZI | PHOTOS ANDREW FEARMAN