Glass railing introduces a beautiful and unique architectural style element to any space. However, for families with small children, they sometimes look at the glass railing as a safety issue. Don't let this keep you from making this addition to your home. Glass railing is totally safe, but there are additional steps you can take to make it even more safe for you and your family.
Design With Safety In Mind
Make sure you are designing the railing with safety in mind. The type of glass you select, its height, and the necessary reinforcements you use determine just how safe the railing system will be.
As a general rule of thumb, the higher the elevation of the space where the railing will be installed, the thicker the glass, the taller it is and the stronger the reinforcements need to be, such as metal brackets, to properly support it. This isn't the time to try to cut corners or costs, remember your safety could depend on it.
Position Furniture Wisely
If you are planning to install the glass railing in an outdoor space like a deck, make sure you are considering the placement of your furniture. Always avoid placing furniture too close to the railing. First, furniture in this position can easily be bumped into the glass.
Over time, this bumping can weaken the glass and make it more prone to cracking, especially if the furniture is made from a heavy material. Second, this makes it easier for a small child to climb and gain access to the top part of the rail. Keep furniture a safe distance away to eliminate these concerns.
Commit To Long Term Maintenance
When you have your glass railing system design and installed by a professional, you can be confident in its integrity. However, this does not mean that the system never needs any maintenance.
Over the years, it's not uncommon for the fasteners that support the railing to weaken due to environmental factors like excess humidity in the air that may cause corrosion. Even if the fasteners are in good condition, some contractors recommended that you replace the fasteners every so many years as a safety precaution. Make a commitment to have the railing system inspected periodically to further promote safety.
You play an important part in the overall safety of your glass railing system. Ensure you are doing your part to protect the integrity of the railing and the safety of your family. For more information, talk to a professional like California Reflections Inc.