Glass, Metal or Wood? Deciding Which One Suits You Best
Although railings serve a physical function, they can also express your style. When deciding which material to choose for your railings, consider your budget, maintenance needed and how to make the railing harmonious with your environment so that you can enjoy your space alone and with colleagues, friends and family.
Wooden railings offer a traditional, rustic and natural feel. They may also be painted though in order to give a more modern aesthetic. Depending upon customization, such as engraving, carving and staining, you may find that it's relatively easy to repair or replace parts of your railing as time goes on.
In terms of maintenance, wood requires oiling and/or treatment with special agents.
Railings made from stainless steel and aluminum are generally more affordable than those made of other materials, although price may vary depending on the quality and production methods. Aluminum in particular is very easy to clean.
Consider, however, that a custom iron railing might not be duplicated or so readily replaced as wooden posts.
Since glass railings use small amounts of other materials to support them without compromising on safety, you can opt for combinations of glass, metal and wood to match the design of your house or environment.
Like windows, glass railings benefit from brushing and wiping, which can be done quickly, and they can be decorated and accentuated according to the tastes of the owner.
Lighting, for example, can be used, and reflected, to dramatic effect. Combining function with pleasing forms, glass railings are often decorated with flower boxes and plants, which provide privacy and/or natural elements to complement sleek designs.
Glass railings are great for modern designs and their simplicity makes them perfect for minimalists. It's the choice for those who enjoy open space and want to enjoy great views unimpaired.