Glass Stair Railings and Safety
Whether you are building a new home or looking to renovate an older one, the addition of a glass stair railing can really add a touch of elegance to a home’s interior. Many people are accustomed to seeing glass stair railings in commercial buildings, but they can also integrate seamlessly into just about any modern home. And in some instances, a glass stair railing can be safer than a traditional system. Contact your local Glass Doctor professional to review and discuss any safety concerns you may have.
For example, traditional handrail systems not made of glass are typically assembled using vertical spindles. It’s not uncommon for curious kids and animals to stick their head in between the spindles—and occasionally get stuck in the process. Thankfully, children and pets can’t get stuck in glass railings because there are no gaps to lure curious little minds. But what if the glass breaks?
Glass Railings Are Designed to Withstand Impact
Most glass stair railings use tempered glass, which is heat treated and stressed to change its physical composition. In the unlikely event that enough force is exerted to cause it to break, it’s designed to shatters into a million tiny cubes, which significantly reduces any chance of injury. Laminated glass can also be used for added protection. This type of glass helps prevent heavy objects from flying through the glass and acts like a web to absorb the impact.
A Variety of Glass Railings Design Options
Glass stair railings come in a variety of styles, each offering its own unique features and noteworthy benefits. Many options can also be customized to match the specific look and style you want for your home. Here are some of the more popular design ideas to consider.
Dadoed Glass Railing - Chic effect adds stunning addition to any home.
- Combines a traditional look with a sleek, elegant, and modern style.
- No spindles. Handrail and glass panels secured by structurally sound newels.
- Secured within the frame of the newels.
- Handrail, and base rail provide seamless glass design.
Standoff Glass Railing - Combines a unique look with minimalist design.
- Standoff glass handrail system.
- Glass is not held in place by a base rail.
- Glass secured using clamps attached to the staircase.
- Can be positioned inches off the ground or pinned flush to staircase platform.
- Popular on balconies because provide an unobstructed view.
Clamped Glass Railing - Complement just about any interior style.
- Clamped glass railing.
- Bold, unique, and classic mount styling.
- Similar to Dadoed railing in look and feel.
- Utilizes newels to secure the glass.
- Reenforced with surface mounts to stitch glass panels together.
More common in older commercial buildings—like libraries and city halls—this glass railing system is truly a work of art. The exposed hardware adds a stark contrast to the design element but also serves a valuable purpose—providing structural strength and support for the glass. For high-traffic areas, it’s a smart choice.
Cleaning Your Glass Railings
Don’t be discouraged by the thought of keeping your glass stair railing looking spotless. Glass panels are exceptionally easy to clean. A soft rag and a recommended glass cleaning solution—like Glass Doctor glass cleaner—will get the job done nicely. A small price to pay for such an elegant interior design feature. If you would rather just sit back and enjoy your beautiful addition, call a professional glass cleaning service to keep you glass stair railing looking its absolute best!
To learn more about the features and benefits of a glass stair railing, or to have one installed, contact the experienced professionals at Glass Doctor. Glass Doctor offers a variety of custom glass solutions, with installation and service as seamless as your new glass stair railing.