Glass Railing Maintenance Tips
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Glass Railing Maintenance Tips

There are several reasons why we made the decision to pay the extra money for our glass railings that keep our decks and pools secure and safe. One reason is the unique and special look of elegance that glass railings offer us. But the most apparent reason we have chosen glass railing is the long lasting and maintenance free performance we will receive. Even though glass and glass railing materials are designed to withstand many years of exposure to the elements there are a few things tasks we need to do to help our glass railing give us the performance we want from them.

Fasteners and Railings

Being constructed of long lasting materials such as aluminum and stainless steel railings and fasteners do need to be maintained as well as inspected at least once a year. Check your fasteners and clips that keep your glass panels in place to make sure they are tight. At times the glass panels around our pools and decks will be subject to wind vibrations and the fasteners could actually work loose. This same type of vibration can be also present when we use the decks and pools each day. The more we move around in the pool and on our decks vibrations will be present. You can also apply a light coat of wax on the fasteners to help prevent oxidation. This is especially necessary if you live in a climate that is sunny a lot or if you live next to saltwater. During the natural aging process you may find the development of a dull white chalky substance. This can be wiped off and polished to help bring the luster back to your railings. A regular car wax should do the trick to help polish your railings. General cleaning can be done to your railing by using a mild soap and water at least twice a year.

Glass Maintenance

We all know how important appearance is to our glass railings. We need to clean our glass to keep the appearance we want. Depending on the type of glass you have on your railing will determine the type of cleaner you will be using. A clear tempered safety glass is the most common glass found in glass railings. In the case of a clear glass you will be able to keep it clean with a common glass spray. By using old newspaper instead of a towel you will obtain great results. Simply spray the cleaner onto the glass and wipe it if using the old newspaper as a rag. You will not get loose lint that will stick to your glass if you are using a towel made of cotton and other types of materials. If you have stained glass or etched glass panels you will need to use a mild soap and water solution. Some off the glass cleaners we use today could react with the lead that is used in stained glass panels.

Be sure to do regular maintenance on all of your glass railing to help them last for years to come. Be sure to check with your local glass railing contractor, for example Sky Windows and Doors to ask him any questions you may have.


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