Glass Rail System

Discussion in 'Hardscaping' started by Crusher Run, Feb 23, 2010.

  1. Crusher Run

    Crusher Run LawnSite Member
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    Hey guy's. Anybody have any experience with glass railing system. I was looking at the ones on railingworks . com They look very attractive, and I need a rail to complete my patio. I haven't got a quote, but I'm guessing they cost and arm and leg. Man! I like the look a lot.
     
  2. PaperCutter

    PaperCutter LawnSite Bronze Member
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    A client of mine has lexan panels as a deck rail system. I won't go out there in high winds, after almost taking a panel in the head. Every time there are high winds, one or two panels pop loose. I wouldn't want to install a glass railing system on a patio unless I was able to get the posts solidly anchored really deep to handle wind loading.
     
  3. Crusher Run

    Crusher Run LawnSite Member
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    Hmm Yes. Wind may be an issue. One side would be exposed to fairly steady winds. I'm sure I have gusts of over 30-40mph occasionally. I was thinking of just using hardware to screw into the glued caps on the retaining wall. When the railing system is assembled it should act as a structure to resist wind force.
    It looks like the frames are made of extruded aluminum.
     
  4. Dirt Boy

    Dirt Boy LawnSite Senior Member
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    Not sure what exactly you mean by screwing into whatever, but don't screw through lexan, as it will crack around the hole, just my experience from mfg. plant. Needs a cushion type gasket or frame to hold it.

    Regards
     
  5. Crusher Run

    Crusher Run LawnSite Member
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    There framed 1/4 tempered safety glass. The rail system is aluminum. I would screw the posts in to the capstone of the retaining wall.
    I don't know if that would be sturdy enough. I guess I could anchor it to the last course of stone and cut the caps to fit around it. That wouldn't be as "clean" as I'd like. I'm going for a polished high-end look.

    Any one ever use a product like this? What are you thoughts or suggestions for a patio rail system?

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  6. Crusher Run

    Crusher Run LawnSite Member
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    Here's what my patio looks like now. There is 54" drop off the back side!!

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  7. PaperCutter

    PaperCutter LawnSite Bronze Member
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    I think that's asking a lot of the adhesive holding the caps on.
     

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