Installing glass deck railings on your lake home or mountain cabin is a great way to enjoy an unobstructed scenic view. After all, you paid a healthy sum for that lake view or mountain retreat. You might as well enjoy it to the fullest extent. But before you trade in your wooden spokes for new glass deck railings, make sure you understand the advantages and disadvantages.
The Pros & Cons of Glass Deck Railings
First let’s take a look at some of the merits of installing glass deck railings.
Design Possibilities:The first thing that comes to mind for me is the limitless design possibilities when using glass. Do you remember for first deck? Likely a boring 10 x 10 square wooden deck with uninteresting conventional wooden posts. Designing with glass opens up a whole new world of architectural concepts. Incorporating glass into your design will transform your deck into the focal point of your home.
Safety: While the gap between standard wooden posts is regulated by city code for safety, wood is still no match for a solid slab of safety glass. If you have a small pet, the standard gap in wooden posts is still too wide. I can’t tell you how many times I have seen a kid get his or her head stuck in the gap between wooden deck posts.
Affordability: At first glance you’re probably thinking that glass deck railings would be unaffordable. You will be pleasantly surprised to learn how affordable glass can be.
Wind Reduction: If you happen to live on the ocean or on the shores of one of the great lakes, the constant, relentless wind can be an annoyance when dining outside. Glass deck railings can reduce this effect so you and your guests can enjoy a nice meal outside.
The View: Last but not least, is the awesome view you will enjoy from your glass walled deck.
The Disadvantages of Glass Deck Railings
While I am certainly a huge fan of incorporating glass into the design of outdoor decks, there are a few disadvantages. These are just a few things you should be aware of before making your decision.
Regular Cleaning: To fully enjoy the view you need to keep the glass clean. It may sound like a lot of work, but it’s worth it.
The Greenhouse Effect: If your deck is southward facing, the glass can become quite warm on a hot summer day. Just something to be conscious of if you have small children.
Cast Your Vote!
You likely already know how I feel about glass deck railings. I’ll take glass over wood any day. It looks awesome and I like the safety aspect for my kids and pets. Most importantly, you can’t beat the view.