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Pros And Cons Of Glass Railing Systems

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With so many options for deck railing systems, it can be difficult to determine which style is right for your home and your needs. While aluminum picket railing and cable railing are common choices for most homes, glass railing systems are becoming an increasingly popular choice. As leading providers of frameless and framed glass railing systems, our team understands the appeal of these products, but we also know that they are not for everyone. That is why our team has compiled a list of the pros and cons of glass railing systems to help you determine if they are the right choice for your needs.


Some advantages of frameless and framed glass railing systems include:

Exceptional Visual Appeal

Glass railings offer a clean and contemporary look that can complement the design of nearly any home. This enhances curb appeal, makes a great impression on guests, and increases the value of your property.

Unobstructed Views

Though picket railing systems provide solid visibility, they cannot match the transparency of a glass railing system. If your deck or patio features a beautiful view, glass is an excellent way to ensure that view is preserved and unobstructed.

Different Options for Your Needs

Glass railing systems are available in framed and frameless options based on your needs and preferences. Both options are also available with a variety of different glass panel sizes based on the dimensions of your deck, allowing you to choose the perfect option for your space.

Easy Installation

Every glass railing solution is designed for easy installation. Posts with pre-attached brackets allow for quick installation and a professional finish, letting you spend less time working and more time enjoying your view.


Though most people think of glass as fragile and easy to crack, this is not the case for glass railing systems. Our glass railing systems are constructed from thick tempered glass, making it extremely unlikely to break or crack under everyday stressors and use.


Some potential drawbacks or disadvantages of glass railing systems include:

A Slightly Higher Price

Glass railing systems are a bit more expensive than aluminum picket railings and cable railing systems, resulting in a higher initial cost. It is worth noting that the exceptional durability, minimal maintenance requirements, and increased property value tends to offset this increased price.

Cable Railing is generally more expensive than glass. There would be some deck configurations where glass is more expensive, but those are somewhat rare.

Maintenance and Cleaning Requirements

Just like windows, glass railings need to be cleaned on the inside and outside to keep them looking their best. Depending on your typical weather conditions, glass railing systems may need to be cleaned often based on how spotless you want the panels to be.

To learn more about our glass railing systems and other railing products, get in touch with the team at Modern Edge Industries. We can be reached by call or text at +1 (250) 208 4129 and will work with you to determine the perfect solution for your needs.

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