In a visually appealing landscape, a balcony is the ideal place to relax and take in the scenery. You get to enjoy the fresh air, weather and local scenery from the comfort of your home. This is why your choice of balcony railing or balustrade is so important.
A glass balustrade can help preserve and maximise the views on offer. Discover the reasons why glass balustrades and balconies work so well together.
Enjoy views whether you are sitting or standing
Some balcony barriers only provide an unobstructed view when you are standing up. Otherwise, you have to position yourself to look between railings and balusters to see the view beyond your balcony. This is annoying if you want to enjoy the local scenery. Glass balustrades eliminate this problem.
Whether you are sitting or lying down on your balcony, glass will not obscure your view. Although framed glass balustrades do obscure a fraction of the view, their large glass panels ensure this isn’t a major issue. And if you really want to take in the full view in all its glory, go for a frameless balustrade.
Keep wind from invading your balcony space
A balcony is a place to relax with a drink and a book or a place where you can work on your laptop while enjoying the weather. But wind can sometimes become an issue. Balustrades with large spaces between the balusters allow wind to wreak havoc on a balcony. The large solid panes in glass balconies, however, keep wind from entering a balcony.
Work with your home’s exterior design
Glass balconies integrate seamlessly with your home’s existing exterior design. If you love the way your home looks from the outside, you can boost its look further by adding a glass balustrade to your balcony.
A glass balcony also allows you to increase your home’s design appeal by adding furniture and other design elements, like a hammock, to your balcony. A glass balustrade will allow whatever design feature you choose to be visible from your yard or street.
Maximise the available light
Balcony barriers that have thick railings and balusters cast shadow onto a balcony. This means that on days when natural light is at a minimum, your balcony could become an uninviting and moody setting. But even on cloudy days when sunlight is at a minimum, a glass balcony will help you to take advantage of the little light there is. No shadows means more light.
Keep pets and children safe
The panels in glass balustrades are made of toughened, tempered glass. This kind of glass doesn’t break easily. Nor does it shatter into sharp pieces when broken. This makes it safe for young children and pets. And the lack of spaces through which heads, hands and feet can go through also reduces the risk of injury to pets and children. Children also won’t be able to climb the smooth panels.
Create the illusion of space
Glass balustrades invite the entirety of the outside world into your balcony. But a balcony with multiple balusters, bars or thick metal sheets will make you feel confined to your balcony space. If your balcony is a little small or narrow then, the endless view beyond your glass balustrade will help to make your balcony space feel and look bigger than it really is.
A glass balustrade system is the ideal way to maximise the existing benefits of a balcony. If you’d like to know more about how glass balustrades can benefit your home and balcony, call South Melbourne Glass today. With decades of experience in this industry, we can create a glass balcony for you that will become the envy of your neighbours.