Aluminum vs stainless steel glass railing systems

May 19th, 2023 | in Glass Railing

aluminum and steel glass railings

When you get a glimpse of a beautiful glass railing, the glass is often is the highlight of the show. Its clear view allows you to see all of the environs–perfect for stunning scenery, carefully manicured gardens, or a vibrant cityscape. It complements, and upscales, its surroundings.

But it doesn’t stand alone, although the frameless version gets very close! We’re talking about what holds it all together–the hardware. Glass railing systems are customizable, with the option to choose between aluminum and stainless steel. Both are beautiful, strong, solid choices, but there are some differences that might sway you one way or the other. Let’s have a look.

Aluminum vs. stainless steel railing

Aluminum: comes in virtually any colour, is lightweight

Aluminum: may not tolerate a saltwater setting as well, and coatings may chip or scratch

Stainless steel: very durable, can withstand any environment, is the strongest material

Stainless steel: is heavy and more expensive than aluminum

Aluminum glass railing system

Aluminum glass railing systems are wonderful because they are coated. This allows most colours and texture to be added. There’s a lot of freedom here to achieve a particular aesthetic.  So you can get creative and go for that look you’ve always wanted in any area around your home.

If outdoors, aluminum doesn’t hold up as well as stainless steel in a saltwater environment. Coatings can chip and scratch too, so they’re not quite as durable as stainless steel. But, aluminum is lighter and cheaper. So there are a few things to take into consideration to determine if an aluminum railing is your best choice.

Stainless steel glass railing

This is our most popular railing system because stainless steel has a lot going for it. The aesthetic is clean, stylish, and irresistible. It’s the most durable option and doesn’t require any additional finishes. Additionally, it can withstand any environment.

Steel is heavier than aluminum though. All that strength and superior durability means it costs more too. However, if you choose a stainless steel glass railing installation, you can look forward to enjoying a timeless, low-maintenance design for decades to come.

We are Vancouver’s  Frameless Glass and Stainless Steel Railing Experts – Contact Panorama Glass today for a free railing installation consultation today!

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