Cable Vs. Glass Railings For Your Deck

When it comes to railings for your deck, there are a lot of materials to choose from. This can be an overwhelming decision, especially since your deck materials are so important for the enjoyment of your home by your family. However, there are two popular materials in particular that you may want to consider for your deck railings. They are cable and glass. Here is a comparison of the two:

Cable

View

Cable railings are relatively thin. They are also spaced out. This is good in terms of the view quality because when you look out past your deck, your eyes will essentially block out the railings and stop noticing them. 

Maintenance

Cable railings can be coated with special chemicals that prevent them from rusting. However, you may need to re-apply these coatings over the years to keep your cables in great shape.

Safety

Cable railings contain metal. This can mean that they pose a slight risk of injury from metal splinters. In addition, you should consult your local building authority. Depending on the regulations in your area, you may need to use special permits for cable railings or you might not be able to use them at all.

Additional Info

Your cable railing frame can be made from steel, aluminum, or stainless steel, among other materials. These materials can be less expensive than their glass counterparts. Air flow is also something to consider. With cable railings, air can move freely through the railings. Depending on your needs, this could be good or bad. For example, if you live near the sea, it is possible that you do not want mist penetrating your deck. Finally, cable railings can be easier to install than glass.

Glass

View

With glass railings, you have a completely clear view out of your deck. This can offer an advantage if you are keeping an eye on kids or pets, or simply don't want anything impeding your vision. They also look more modern.

Maintenance

Glass, especially if it is tempered, can last a very long time if you take care of it properly. Glass railings are similar to windows. Occasional cleaning will help them look clear and shiny. 

Safety

Spaces and corners for glass railings are kept to a minimum. This helps prevent additional risks for children or pets who may be tempted to climb on the fencing. Proper safety instruction should be taught to avoid injuries.

Additional Info

Glass can block wind, thanks to the fact that it is one solid sheet. Glare can be an issue with glass, as the sun might reflect off of the surface. If privacy is an issue, you might consider a larger perimeter fence with a solid material that is not clear. Glass can cost a bit more.

Railings are important to your deck project. Don't fret about the options. The common materials above are a great starting point. Contact a local company, like California Reflections or a similar location, for more tips and info.


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