Frameless Staircase Glass Railings – ‌ Architectural & Livability Benefits

Frameless glass railings systems are synonymous with sophistication. Celebrated Toronto buildings like The Eaton Centre and CN Tower, all incorporate glass stair railings into their internal and external architecture. The result is a distinctive aesthetic feel which adds elegance and value.

Custom Residential Frameless Glass Stair Railing, Stairs & Balustrades

Tempered glass is one of the world’s newest architectural materials.

Invented In the early 20th Century by Rudolf Seiden,  it`s far stronger than conventional glass. However, up until the 1980’s, frameless glass was used exclusively in commercial contexts. Thankfully, stainless steel railing systems today can be found in company headquarters, offices, and a wide variety of Toronto residences.

Frameless Glass Railing Benefits

Adding a glass railing to a home, is a fantastic way to add space, light, and added market value.

Frameless Glass & Unparalleled Versatility

Commonly used materials in stair railings & decks stairs include stainless steel, aluminum , wood, and wrought iron. However, materials like the aforementioned are restrictive in terms of how they integrate with existing architecture. Frameless glass isn’t.

  • When used indoors, a tempered glass railing complements all kinds of existing architecture
  • Wrought iron and aluminum won’t complement aged brick or wood. 
  • The right contractor can install frameless railings which transform the appeal of both modern and historic buildings

Lighting & Unobstructed View Benefits

As well as being versatile and easy to customize, a glass railing or staircase can transform how light diffuses.

With the right glass railing, even historic building interiors can be equipped with a clean, minimalist, and ultra-modern aesthetic. This is thanks to the fact that glass railings installation remove visible barriers between interior areas. Much more importantly, increased natural light results in significant health and well-being benefits for homeowners.

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Outdoor Glass Railing Benefits

As a go-to frameless glass company in Toronto, we are regularly called upon to make modern outdoor glass  stair railing and balcony surrounds.

In rural and suburban contexts,custom outdoor glass railings are prized for their ability to provide expansive garden views. In fact, frameless glass is currently the material of choice for property developers when constructing contemporary home decks and verandas. City condominiums meanwhile, can be transformed by railings, into brighter properties with breathtaking views and increased urban living appeal.

Glass Railings as a Low Maintenance Property Investment

A wrap-around glass railing or balcony is always strikingly beautiful. However, tempered glass is also highly durable.

  • Tempered glass is much more durable than wood
  • Glass railings will never corrode or tarnish with age
  • Frameless glass used in staircases and balcony surrounds ages slowly. After cleaning, glass panels will, therefore, look just as good decades from now as they do today
  • By being corrosion resistant, tempered glass is perfect for indoor and outdoor use in coastal locations just like Toronto

With tempered glass, property owners don’t have to worry about galvanic corrosion, oxidation, or materials like wood degrading. Railing and balcony panels will last for decades; possibly even centuries after installation.

Choosing the Right Frameless Glass Company

Custom Frameless glass is one of the most versatile construction materials to work with. However, for best aesthetic results, homeowners should always work with trusted contractors like ourselves.

During our project discovery process, you tell us exactly what kind of glass railing design you have in mind. We then identify what designs will best complement existing property architecture. Before residential construction of staircases and balconies, we also allow you to choose from a variety of different customization options. Contact us today if you need more info.

Benefit From a Sleeker Look for Your Home

Whether you want to impress visitors or add market value to a property, we can help. We offer completely transparent pricing, and our design teams are always on hand to answer customer questions. This being the case, if you are looking to transform the aesthetics of your property, make sure to contact us today for more information.

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About Us

At 808 Smith Glass Company, frameless glass is our specialty. We customize glass to provide homes and businesses with the best architectural glass designs to deliver what our clients necessitate of us while adding style.

With more than ten years of experience, we have gained the skills and professionalism required to deliver the best products and services in the glass industry. Throughout our many years in the glass industry, we have acquired and integrated the necessary technology and techniques to install frameless glass walls and doors, shower enclosures, sliding shower doors, custom mirrors, bathtub shower enclosures, railings, inline shower doors, and office partitions, among other glass installations, with utmost precision.

We pride ourselves in providing top-notch services in Toronto by offering the best customer care services and utilizing high-quality products for unsurpassed experience and performance. Each installation we make is unique and personalized to fit your requirements and to match up with your existing décor.

Let us give you the exquisite, lucrative, and decorative look of frameless glass inclusion at your residence or office by contacting us for a free quote.

FAQ about Glass Railing

Measuring glass railings for your stairs requires a high level of accuracy. Frameless glass railing provides a vast possibility of installation styles, which brings about a few differences when measuring different glass railings. Some of these installation styles include the standoff, spigot, clamp, post, shoe base, and recessed, among others. The selected style determines the length and height of each glass panel used. To get the overall length of your staircase, take measurements from the nose of the bottom tread to the edge of the flooring at the top of your staircase. With the overall length, you can determine the length of each glass railing to utilize.

The cost of glass railings varies depending on the quality and manufacturer, among other determinants. On average, however, the price ranges from $150 to $900 per foot (materials plus installation).

Glass railings require minimal maintenance. However, regular cleaning is necessary to maintain a classy look. Here’s a quick guide on how to easily clean your glass railings:

  • Mix 4 squirts of liquid soap and 1 liter of water to make a cleaning solution
  • Use a microfiber towel or soft sponge to apply the cleaning solution and wash the glass railings
  • After cleaning the glass railings, rinse them using warm water and let them air dry
  • Wipe the glass railings using a clean lint-free towel to eliminate any remaining dirt

Liquid soap can be substituted with vinegar, especially when the glass railings have not been cleaned for a long time.

The safety of glass railings is always under scrutiny, but they’re safer than most traditional railings. Here are a few reasons why glass railings are safe to use at home or office:

  • They’re tempered. This means that they’ve been reinforced to increase their strength and resistance four to six times that of regular glass.
  • Corrosion-resistant. Unlike traditional railings, glass railings are not prone to corrosive elements that degrade the strength and viability of materials. This means that they remain strong for years, keeping everyone safe.
  • With frameless glass railings, the safety of your kids is assured as they’re difficult to climb. There is no place to step on and lurch over, which prevents accidents.