Pros and Cons of Glass Railings for Decks

Deck Glass RailingsAre you considering installing glass railings for your deck? If so, Wagner’s Legato Railing Collection offers a wide array of options featuring both simplicity and style.

However, if you are hesitant to make a move and install this type of railing, you may need more information. If that’s the case, you’re in the right place. Here you can learn more about installing glass railings for your deck, as well as the pros and cons that go along with this decision.

Pros of Installing Glass Railings

Some of the advantages offered by glass railings for decks include:

High Aesthetic Appeal

Glass railings offer a contemporary look and trump any other deck railing system used today. For many people, the glass deck handrails are considered the “gold standard” when it comes to visual appeal.

Unobstructed Views

If you have a deck, veranda or patio that looks out onto a nice view, installing glass offers a great way to make sure this view is preserved and that it remains unobstructed. This is true as long as the glass you are having installed is completely transparent. With this option, you will have a great vantage point and one you will want to spend time enjoying.

Design Versatility

When the installation is complete, the glass used will appear neat and finished. This is one of the only porch railing systems that incorporates several design elements without appearing cluttered. As a result, you have more versatility and options when designing your outdoor space.

The Creation of a Solid Barrier

Unlike other types of handrails for decks, glass offers a solid barrier between the glass balusters or the deck posts and the ground below. This means if you have an elevated deck or a screened porch, glass decking products can help to reduce the inconvenience of losing and possibly breaking smaller objects, such as kid’s toys.


The majority of glass railings are crafted out of one-quarter inch thick tempered glass. This means it’s very unlikely they will crack or break due to normal, day to day stressors. This makes them a great option if you are looking for low-maintenance decking railings.

Cons of Installing Glass Railings

Just like anything else, there are a few disadvantages offered by installing glass deck railings that you should be aware of. Knowing what these are can ensure you make an informed decision.

The Price

Glass railing systems are some of the most expensive available on the market today. However, this shouldn’t be too big of a surprise after you review all the benefits they offer. Also, the price will vary based on how much you need and the installation method you choose (professional or DIY).


While the glass is designed to withstand day to day wear and tear, it will have to be cleaned often – both inside and out. Be sure to keep this in mind as this is going to demand more maintenance than traditional wood decking or other materials.

Greenhouse Effect

In some situations, the full glass panels create a greenhouse effect on a deck. This can make the entire space warmer during the summer months, which can be uncomfortable for some.

Making the decision of whether you want to install glass deck railings is one that deserves plenty of consideration. If you have questions about the railings or want a quote for your project, contact the professional staff at Wagner Architectural Systems. They can help ensure you get the right materials to meet your expectations for the project.


  • Thanks for helping me learn more about glass railings. It’s kind of cool to know that the glass is low-maintenance and also durable. This seems ideal if you may not have enough time to dedicate to maintaining the railings but still want it to last a while.

  • My dad wants to make sure that the deck is safe for everybody who likes to hang out in it. According to this, when planning to have railings it will be best to think about the design and versatility. Furthermore, it’s recommended to hire professional fence contractors when considering aluminum railings.

  • Can (1) PIECE piece of glass 13′-8” long x 36” tall x 1/2” thick tempered, supported in (5) location by (spigots) and attached at both top ends with glass . The glass is for a elevated terrace. Question, will it pass michigan codes

    • Donald,
      Spigots are for Fencing use only. Not suitable to meet guard railing loading required by code. You will need to check with the Authority Having Jurisdiction in the town where your project is located with any code questions.

      Thank you.

  • I liked that you explained that glass handrails are made out of 1-inch thick tempered glass, which makes it extremely durable. I would imagine that durability is very important when getting handrails installed. I would consider getting glass handrails to provide beauty and durability to my home.

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