When the weather warms up and the sun is shining, we all crave our own little outdoors retreat where we can relax and soak up some rays.
But a fact of modern living is that most of us are not blessed with huge amounts of outdoor space in our homes.
That makes it all the more important to make the most of what we do have. Even with a modest garden or yard, with a few careful design tricks you can still create a pleasing little space of your own perfect for enjoying long lazy evenings and entertaining on sunny weekends.
If you are thinking of adding decking or a patio, or want to revamp what you already have, you should give some thought to installing glass balustrades around. Here are four reasons why glass balustrades will help make the most of limited outdoor space:
1. No Shadows
Many people want to enclose decked areas or patios because they have pets or small children they want to keep in or just to define the space better. The problem is, most solid balustrades will cause shadows. If you only have limited space to start with, this just reduces the available sunlight even further. With glass, of course, there is no problem. Sun can shine through freely at all times and there is no risk of being left sitting in the shade.
2. Balustrades With Style
Just because you don’t have a huge amount of space to work with doesn’t mean you can’t have an outdoor area that looks stunning. Glass balustrades can be used in outdoor areas to add a touch of the exotic and luxurious, and whatever your design goals, it is versatile enough to adapt. Simple glass balustrades with plain, slim line stainless steel posts can give a minimalist, understated modern look. Or if you want to make more of a statement, curved glass panels fitted around irregularly shaped spaces will attract admiring looks from all visitors.
3. Low Maintenance
There is very little to go wrong with a glass balustrade. Modern manufacturing treatments mean that the toughened glass used in balustrade panels is just as robust and durable as any other popular material, including wood. Unlike wood, glass will not weather over time, and you don’t have to worry about applying protective varnishes or sealants to it. It is also much less prone to flaking, cracking or chipping, meaning you get a pristine product for much longer before you have to worry about replacements.
4. Low Cost
Low maintenance of course also equals low ongoing costs in the long term, but that is not the only reason that glass balustrades are friendly to your wallet. They are very easy to install and easy to adapt to different sizes and designs. Because there are no frills about how a glass balustrade is put together, it is very easy to budget for materials, with no expensive add ons for having to customise to a specific design.