Elevating Indoor & Outdoor Spaces With Glass Handrails

Enhance Your Views of the Great Outdoors

The stunning views in Napa, Sonoma, and Marin counties are world-class affairs. As you step out onto your deck to enjoy the sunrise on a cool Northern California morning, your view should be one of pure, uninterrupted natural bliss – you’ve earned it. Why then would you want to obscure such beauty from view when you could instead make it feel like an intimate part of your home?

Traditional deck railings use wood or metal to create an obvious and vital safety barrier. They also define the look of an area and play a pivotal role in how you and your guests perceive the space. Unlike glass, which allows unfettered visual access, wood and metal create a closed-off feeling of something contained and restricted. That’s not to mention the potential for wood to rot and decay over time, or for metal to corrode, requiring repair and further safeguarding.

With luxurious enhancements like a glass balcony railing, there’s nothing to get in the way. The difference is clear; when you can sit on your deck and clearly see old-growth trees, endless rows of grapes, or an impressive skyline, feeling in tune with your surroundings is no longer an abstract idea. Glass railings respect the view, unifying your space with your natural surroundings. That benefit alone contributes to the immense popularity of glass handrails.

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Sophisticated Design for a Distinct Interior

Just as they can make an outdoor deck a seamless part of its environment, glass handrails can add luxury to the great indoors as well. As the open-concept school of home design continues to gain traction, glass plays an increasingly important role in making big designs work, even in smaller homes where space comes at a premium.

Glass staircase railings make smaller spaces seem larger, while glass accents can draw elements of a room’s interior design together for an enhanced cohesive effect. Combined with the right hardware, your glass railings can even become a focal complement to the rest of the room. With glass, you can even see straight through your home to the view beyond, boldly taking the idea of “open concept” to the next level.

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Is a Glass Handrail System Safe?

Absolutely! There is a misconception among some homeowners that glass is not a superior alternative to wood or metal because it is not strong enough to stand the test of time. Like many urban legends, this is untrue, as glass is made from one of the most durable and time-tested materials known to man – silicated sand. Look no further than to the harsh conditions of any desert to know that glass is made from some of the toughest stuff on Earth.

When treated properly, glass will last almost indefinitely. Furthermore, modern glass railing panels are made from a particular type of tempered glass, which is many times stronger than the typical pane of glass. The industry continues to push forward with new and innovative advancements in even stronger glass, creating durable solutions for modern and future living.

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At B & L Glass, we have proudly supplied a wide range of top-quality glass installations to homeowners, architects, and contractors for more than 60 years. Over many decades of service, we have accrued a wealth of knowledge and breadth of experience about glass handrails and their many advantages. As their popularity continues to rise, we have stayed on the cutting edge of glass handrail design, building strong relationships with suppliers of the highest quality glass available.

Whether your heart is already set on transforming your deck or you’re curious about overhauling your interior aesthetic, our team is well-positioned to guide you to a superior outcome.

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