The advantages of a Glass Balustrade for garden decking
With spring approaching, March is a month where many people start to consider getting out in their gardens for a tidy up in preparation for the better weather. If this year is anything like the last, with people spending more time at home than ever, it is easy to understand why they want their garden to be a place they can relax and enjoy, and when the time comes again, entertain family and friends in.
Because of this landscapers, garden designers and many related trades have seen a surge in demand as the general public endeavour to spruce up their outdoor space. Creating a communal family space for relaxation, eating and enjoying the outlook (and a glass of vino or two), often comes in the form of a new decking area or patio. A trend that is booming is the construction of maintenance free composite decking which often comes with a change of level. And with this in mind, with any drop, there is a need for a safety railing or a barrier of sorts to prevent any accidents.
The benefits of a glass balustrade
A glass balustrade can offer an elegant and stylish design to any project whether it be for a decking or patio. Glass is a versatile material and one of its many benefits is that it complements other materials and architectural designs, making it perfect for any garden whether mod
ern or classic. Glass, being a transparent material, reflects light making a decking area or patio feel more spacious whilst also offering an uninterrupted view of your garden.
Another benefit of a glass balustrade for your decking is that it can separate your garden into zones. Whether your garden is big or small creating zones is a great way to utilise your garden and the use of glass means the zones won’t be cut off and the visual landscape won’t be obstructed.
When planning a decking project, it is important to consider safety measures, for instance, the type of decking boards you are going to use and the height of the decking area from the ground.
A safe barrier for your decking
A glass balustrade system can act as a safety barrier as we have established. The height of it will depend on how far the surface of the deck is from the ground. There are regulations in place that stipulate how high the balustrade has to be depending on the height of the deck.
For lower decks that are 600mm or below (from the ground), the balustrade should be 900mm high.
For decks that are over 600mm from the ground, the balustrade should be 1100mm high.
Maintenance of a glass balustrade
In addition to safety, it is important to think of the maintenance that your decking and balustrade will require. In comparison to a wood balustrade, a glass balustrade is much more durable and won’t rot or warp or get damaged by the elements such as rain or high winds. Additionally, it is much simpler to clean! Simply wipe it down roughly once a month (depending on the location and weather) with glass cleaner or a combination of warm water and mild detergent.
The use of self cleaning glass on a glass balustrade
If you don’t want to worry about cleaning the glass, there is a solution, opt for self-cleaning glass for the glass balustrade panels. In short, self-cleaning glass is achieved by applying a hydrophobic glass coating. This coating makes the surface of the glass smooth by ‘filling in’ the ridges of the glass meaning that it is less likely for bacteria, water and grime to build up. This makes the glass water-resistant and easier to care for and therefore is the perfect solution for a glass balustrade, balcony or even your shower doors.
When designing and building your glass decking balustrade cost is obviously something that you will be thinking about and the great thing about a glass balustrade is that there is something available for a range of budgets. From a frameless glass balustrade to a post and rail we guarantee that you can find something that not only fits your price point but also your design.
So whatever you decide, you best get planning in plenty of time to get booked in with your installer especially whilst the demand is so high so you can enjoy your outdoor space in 2021.