A staircase glass balustrade is obviously beautiful, but is it truly practical and functional? The answer might surprise you: Unbeknownst to many, glass balustrades confer a range of both utilitarian and quality-of-life benefits. If you’re considering installing a staircase glass balustrade, you will be pleased to know about the following seven advantages that they provide:
1. Glass balustrades allow light to circulate more freely around the interior of a building. A staircase glass balustrade will permit the light from nearby windows to pass directly through it and refract off the walls, increasing the total amount of available light in the room. Brightly-lit spaces have been linked to a range of mood and health benefits; for example, a study conducted at Harvard Medical School found that bright light reduces sleepiness, increases attentiveness, and improves memory and energy levels throughout the day.
2. Glass balustrades are easy to clean and maintain. Some people worry that a glass balustrade will be a hassle to keep clean, but nothing could be further from the truth; all you need to do to keep a staircase glass balustrade in peak condition is wipe it down with a quality glass cleaner on an as-needed basis. Because glass balustrades are usually flat, this is a quick job—much quicker than cleaning conventional wood or metal balustrades. Even if your glass balustrade gets scratched, you should be able to restore it to its original beauty with a bit of glass polish.
3. Glass balustrades make spaces look larger. If you have a small home, a clear glass balustrade is an ideal choice because it gives the illusion of more space. Conversely, opaque balustrades tend to close up spaces and may have a ‘heavy’ appearance.
4. Glass balustrades are remarkably strong and durable. Though glass is typically perceived as being a delicate material, in reality, it’s quite resilient when crafted into thick sheets. In fact, at equal thickness, a sheet of glass is stronger than a sheet of wood. Additionally, glass is not prone to either corrosion (as metal is) or pest infestation (as wood is); the material also ages very slowly. Ergo, while glass balustrades may seem expensive in comparison to their wood and metal counterparts, they typically pay for themselves over time.
5. There are many glass balustrade styles to choose from. While glass is most frequently associated with a clean and modern aesthetic, there are many different ‘looks’ one can achieve with glass. Glass can be etched, strained, or combined with wood or metal so that it matches the decor of your unique residence.
6. Glass balustrades are safe. Glass balustrades are constructed from tempered glass, which will not crack, break, or shatter under normal conditions (it takes extreme structural pressure, such as that which occurs during an earthquake, to break tempered glass). As such, glass balustrades are perfectly safe even if you have small children.
7. Glass is ‘green’. Glass is completely recyclable and chemically inert, making it the most environmentally-friendly choice where balustrade materials are concerned.
In summation, the functional and visual benefits of glass balustrades are all too often overlooked. If you are considering renovating your property, don’t forget to consider glass as a viable balustrade material—it just might be the addition you need to enhance the aesthetics and functionality of your building.