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Used internally and externally, on staircases, balconies, and outdoor spaces, glass balustrades are a popular feature of modern architecture. Not only are glass balustrades an aesthetically pleasing addition to a property but they can offer multiple other benefits that we’ve highlighted here.

frameless glass balustrade

1. Light

Glass balustrades are a great option when trying to achieve a space filled with natural light. Glass will not block any light from getting through it, meaning you don’t have to worry about darker areas inside, or light being blocked by a balcony, for example. This can give a more open, natural feel to an area, and is also perfect for enjoying views. Alternatively, glass balustrades can be paired with additional lighting to create different effects. One example of this would be adding an LED light to give the illusion of coloured glass.

LED glass balustrades (photo source: pinterest)

2. Space

As a result of glass balustrades letting plenty of natural light through, they help create the illusion of larger, more open spaces. For example, if you are adding a balustrade to a staircase in a smaller home and don’t want to enclose the area, glass would be a great addition. Balustrades that aren’t made with a clear glass can shut an area off, whereas having that transparency allows you to see further, in turn allowing you to feel as though an area is bigger than it is.

glass balustrades

3. Maintenance

Glass balustrades are some of the easiest to maintain. Any dirt, smudges, or fingerprints, for example, can be easily cleaned off. Other balustrade materials can require multiple coatings of varnish and paint to stay up to standard, whereas glass balustrades are long lasting and durable. If your glass does happen to get any scratches, a quick polish can easily restore it. Other materials such as metal and wood can wear or rust over time, weakening the balustrade. Glass is a lot stronger and less delicate than many people think, and can last for a very long time, making it worth the investment.

4. Adds value

Glass balustrades are a great way to add value to your property. When considering your homes interior, glass balustrades create a modern and elegant element that will last for years. Additionally, introducing glass balustrades to your home’s exterior will boost kerb appeal. The outside of your home is what people see first and adding a glass balustrade adds a contemporary element to any property. Adding glass balustrades to your property is sure to see a return on investment in the long run.

glass balustrade staircase

5. Safety

Most importantly, glass balustrades are a great safety feature. Today, glass used for balustrades is thick and tempered/toughened, meaning it would take extreme pressure to break, and even in the very rare case that it did, the pieces are blunt and harmless, unlike regular glass. The material is strong and durable and is great for creating a safer space without compromising on design.

Overall, glass balustrades are a great option whether you need to install a safety barrier or just an aesthetic addition to your home. If you are considering installing glass balustrades and want more information on what we can offer, view our work or email us at [email protected]