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19 Aug 2021
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9 Reasons to Consider Glass Railings for your Deck or Patio

Glass Railing Systems Combine Style, Safety and Durability with Uncompromising Views

Adding glass railings to your deck or patio is an elegant way to create outdoor living areas that are not only beautiful, but safe and low maintenance as well.  In recent years, glass railing systems have advanced leaps and bounds, offering an endless range of features and customizations to meet your needs.  Whether you’re considering top rail framed glass or topless (infinity) panels, glass railings are a fantastic option for outdoor spaces of all shapes and sizes.  In this article, Budget Glass will take you through some of the top reasons to choose glass railings for your next project.


1. Glass Railings Ensure Unobstructed Views

Here on Vancouver Island and Coastal British Columbia, we’re privileged to have some of the most beautiful ocean and mountain views around, which is why indoor-outdoor flow is becoming one of the fastest growing features home buyers and builders look for.  Glass railings are ideal for ensuring that you make the most of those views, with options that can provide an unobstructed panorama of your surroundings. 


2. Versatile Custom Design Options for Glass Railing Systems

From texture to tint and from colour pallet to materials, glass railings provide countless options that make them easy to blend with any architectural aesthetic. You can even customize the height of your glass railing system.  Framed glass railings are available in a selection of different colours, finishes and materials all designed to create a stylish impact.  If you’re looking for a more modern, minimalist look, frameless railings will do the trick while still offering a variety of design options including colour tinting and custom etching.


3. Glass Railings Let the Light Shine Through

If you’re one of over 15% of British Columbians that struggle with Seasonal Affective Disorder during the winter months, then you’ll know that a light can have a massive impact on your wellbeing.  With our comparatively mild climate, many of us are using our outdoor spaces – particularly patios and decks, year-round.  Make the most of that mood-boosting natural light, especially in the darker winter months, with glass railings!


4. No More Wind Chill with Glass Railing Systems

Glass railing systems are constructed from a series of solid glass panels that provide superior shelter from the wind.  Whether you’re living oceanside or at a slightly higher, more exposed location, glass railings will help reduce the wind chill so you can enjoy your deck and patio, even on those gusty, west coast days.


5. Glass Railings Provide Privacy Without Compromising Style

We know what you’re thinking, how can glass railings provide privacy?  If you’re looking to maximize light, but you also want to create a visual barrier for neighbours or passersby, glass railing panels can be customized up to 7 feet high with an opaque or obscured treatment that still maximizes light but also ensures complete privacy.  This is a great option for patios and decks in condominium or apartment complexes or in urban centres that are more populated.


6. Animal-Friendly Glass Railing Options

You can’t live in this beautiful part of the world without having a love for the native flora and fauna.  One of the common concerns we hear when it comes to glass railings is the potential impact on wildlife and, more particularly, the potential danger for birds.  As mentioned previously, designed with subtle etching or tinting to help mitigate bird strike and ensure as little impact as possible on surrounding wildlife.  


7. Safety & Durability With Tempered Glass Railing Panels

Glass railing systems are constructed using tempered glass, which is specifically designed to remain strong and durable for the lifetime of the product.  In the unlikely event that a glass panel in your railing system breaks, it will do so into many small pieces that will not have any sharp or jagged edges that would otherwise lead to injury.


8. Glass Railing Systems Are Low Maintenance

Unlike wood or other non-aluminum railing systems that require periodic staining, painting or other maintenance, glass railings are extremely easy to care for.  Just a quick clean with soap and water or household glass cleaner every so often will keep your surfaces looking like new.  


9. Glass Railing Systems Provide Value on Investment

The price of tempered glass railing systems start from about $140 plus per linear foot installed and can go up from there depending on features and customizations.  While this can make glass railings a somewhat pricier option upfront when compared to other railing systems, they are often less expensive in the long run because they require little maintenance, are extremely durable and last for many years.  This, combined with tremendous buyer appeal, makes glass railings an excellent value on investment.  


Beautiful, customizable, safe, durable, low maintenance and affordable – there’s so much to love about glass railing systems!  If you’d like to learn more about glass railing options for your special outdoor space, contact the team at Budget Glass, for a free, no-obligation consultation and quote.  


Budget Glass has been serving the Nanaimo area in central Vancouver Island since 1983 and our team of skilled staff take great interest in getting to know your needs. Our commitment is to carry the best products, hire the most qualified people, and offer the best warranties in the business. If you’re looking for glass railings in Nanaimo, BC, get in touch with the experts at Budget Glass.

30 Nov 2020

All About Glass Backsplashes

Make a Fresh Statement with a Custom Glass Backsplash

Homeowners everywhere love their glass tub and shower surrounds, skylights, and those extra special touches like etched glass doors. When it comes time to design kitchen and bathroom builds, remodels or renovations, glass backsplashes may not be on the top of their radars, but it should be, and here’s why:

Unlike the more expensive granite, stone and ceramic options on the market, glass backsplashes brighten up a space, making it look and feel larger. The way glass bounces light makes it effective at bringing light into even the dimmest spaces between cabinets and it can even create a luminescent appearance. Available in an endless array of tints, tones, textures and patterns, glass backsplash styles can range from natural to dramatic, depending on the colours and finishes you choose.

Glass backsplashes are also moderately priced, making them much more attractive to homeowners than shelling out for stone or tile. Glass is also incredibly durable and easy to maintain.

All these qualities and more make it a fantastic choice for any home.

The Benefits of a Glass Backsplash

When you choose a glass backsplash from Budget Glass, you can rest assured knowing that:

Glass is environmentally sound. Unlike some other materials, glass is 100% natural. In many cases, it’s made from recycled glass products. Free of harmful chemicals and fillers, glass is also 100% recyclable.

It’s been trendy for 20+ years. Glass backsplashes have been popular for decades now, and according to TheSpruce.com, they’re “not going out of style anytime soon.”

It’s a timeless medium. Glass isn’t just limited to one shade or style. It can be created in a wide array of patterns, textures, tints and rich colour tones. It lends itself very well to mixing and matching, and the opaque finishes can add an airy, polished feeling to any kitchen, bar or bathroom.

Glass is super easy to clean. Mildew-resistant, stain-resistance and simple to clean and keep clean, they are an ideal choice for a busy home or commercial setting. The mildew resistance of glass also makes them an ideal choice for allergy sufferers.

Glass has a light and bright look. Especially when positioned correctly with lighting, glass can almost glow. This helps your room to look larger and brighter—perfect for kitchens and smaller bathrooms and powder rooms. Under cabinet task lighting can make a glass backsplash in a rich tone look especially vibrant.

It’s durable. As well as being easy to clean, glass backsplashes are incredibly durable and strong. They are long-lasting and could well be the only backsplash you’ll ever have installed in your home.

Tempered glass stands up to heat. Ideal for behind the oven, tempered glass will not be damaged by heat, making it a great choice for use in the kitchen.

It doesn’t need to be sealed. Unlike stone and tile backsplashes, glass does not need to be sealed, making installation that much quicker and easier.

The look is easily customized. Create an eye-catching design using a variety of colours, textures and patterns. From an etched sea-glass look to a smooth, polished finish, there are so many possibilities for a one-of-a kind design. You can even use metallic colours for a sleek modern edge.

When it comes to sizing, you can choose your custom-sized piece for a seamless look (this will depend on the overall size—larger installations may require multiple panels.) Glass backsplashes can also be customized to fit around existing outlets and light switches.

How to Care for a Glass Backsplash

No One Wants a Backsplash They Have to Worry About

In the bathroom, kitchen, bar or any other suitable area in your home, it’s simple to maintain and clean a glass backsplash. All you need is a standard glass cleaner or mild soap and water. For areas where grease tends to build up (behind the stove for instance) you can use a grease-cutting cleaner.

Glass backsplashes are very low-maintenance and only require sporadic cleaning, or when you notice the surface looking a bit dingy. For the cleanest look, use a primer that closely matches the colour of your tiles before they’re installed.

To keep your glass backsplash sparkling, consider using CRL TPC Surface Protector. Designed to guard against the buildup of dirt, grime, mold and mildew, it’s a coating that can be added to your glass products for long-lasting beauty.

Generating Ideas for Your Glass Backsplash

Once you’ve decided on a glass backsplash, it’s time to narrow it down to the size, style and overall feel you want to create. We recommend browsing different styles on sites like Pinterest and Houzz to view examples and help get your imagination started.

When it comes to glass, the possibilities are pretty much endless. You can choose a backsplash that flows from the countertop to the ceiling, a 6” strip and anything in between. From clear to glass that’s been back painted in a bold tone, installed over a favourite wallpaper, or sandblasted to create texture, your backsplash will renew the beauty of your room.

Installation of Your Custom Backsplash

Glass backsplashes can be installed by a careful DIY’er, but we do recommend you consider hiring a professional team, like our friendly installers here at Budget Glass.

You can also rely on our team of glaziers here at Budget to help you design exactly what you envision – our expert glass gurus can work with you to create the perfect custom-design. To save time and stress and the potential of a botched installation, call us first.

For answers to all your questions about creating your perfect glass backsplash, contact Budget Glass today. We are your full-service glass station and are committed to a quality product and seamless installation, every time. Serving the Nanaimo area since 1983, we’re proud to be able to offer glass products, services and installations for everything from automotive glass to sunrooms and skylights. From concept to completion, you can trust our experienced team for your auto and home glass needs.

23 Mar 2018

Benefits of Frosted Glass in the Office

Office space design trends come and go. From the era of the cubicle, to full-on open-concept, and today’s newest trend is an amalgamation of the two. Frosted glass office partitions are the perfect way to offer both a private and open feel in your office space. Here are some of the benefits of frosted glass:

Openness and Natural Light
Frosted glass office partitions offer a happy medium between blocked off opaque walls and fully open clear glass. Frosted glass offers privacy and separation while still letting in natural light and maintaining a sense of openness. The more natural light coming into your office, the less artificial lighting you will need. This will save you money on your monthly utility bills and help boost the mood and productivity of staff.

Open Yet Private
Frosted glass office partitions give your office or cubicles privacy with a modern look and open feel, it’s the best of both worlds.

Low Maintenance
Frosted glass partitions are long lasting and low maintenance. With a simple glass cleaner and cloth, you can keep your office looking sharp with ease.

Frosted glass also has the added benefit of blocking harmful UV rays that will fade your furniture over time. If your office furniture is exposed to a lot of sunlight during the day, frosted glass will help protect the chairs, couches, and wood in your office space from fading.

While glass has a reputation for being fragile and breakable, frosted glass office partitions are made of sturdy tempered glass that is safe and durable.

Frosted glass is a neutral, sleek, modern option that will complement any colour palette and interior design scheme.  

Whether you are designing a new office space or looking to spruce up an existing one, frosted glass partitions, doors, and walls will create that private, yet open concept design you’ve been looking for.


Contact Budget Glass for a frosted glass quote today!