Frameless glass railings are exactly as their name implies. If you’ve ever been at an indoor shopping center or hotel and noticed them along a second story or balcony level, you’ve probably wondered how they stay together.
Because there aren’t any frames, they are usually secured along the edges or where walls and corners meet using glue, rubberized sealants, or other adhesives. Hand rails are often secured to frameless glass railings when a hole has been cut or drilled into the glass, and the railings are kept in place with bolts on either side of the glass.
Frameless glass railings have gone a long way since they came out on the market years ago and with the new technology and materials available it is a great option for you should you want to enjoy your view without having a railing or balusters obstruct it.
At Toronto Decks and Fence Company, we’ve installed hundreds of glass railings throughout the Greater Toronto Area in homes, businesses, and other settings where there’s a premium on style and creating a sense of openness.
Here are some things to consider if you wish to have frameless glass railings installed:
How to clean frameless glass railings
Frameless glass railings are as simple to clean as any other glass surface. To clean them, you’ll need warm soapy water, a commercial cleaning product, a spray bottle, clean towels or rags, and a squeegee. Dilute 3 to 4 squirts of dishwashing liquid in bucket of warm water and spread it onto the glass to remove grease from outdoor grills, dirt, animal droppings, or other debris. Wash the railing thoroughly, and then rinse it using clean water from a spray bottle or garden hose. Use the squeegee or clean towels or rags to remove excess water, then let the railings air dry. For added cleaning power, dilute vinegar in water, then apply it with a non-abrasive plastic scrubber – rinse, remove excess water, then dry it or allow the glass railings to air dry.
The drawback to frameless glass railings is they’ll show dirt or smudges more than wood, plastic, or metal railings, so they need to be cleaned. Ongoing maintenance is a minor inconvenience that pays off in the long run. When it rains, be sure to remove excess water with a squeegee or lint free towel, then apply lemon oil to prevent water spots from forming on the surface. Finally, the best way to ensure a long life for your frameless glass railings is to protect them from minor, inadvertent damage. Don’t play sports around these types of railings, nor is it advisable to place furniture near them if they’re prone to moving if a person vacates the chair, couch, or other furniture piece.
Toronto decks and fence company has installed numerous frameless glass railings in a variety of settings, call us today and we will be happy to provide you with a free consultation and some samples of our work.