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Install a railing with glass panels

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  • Completion Time : Week-end Project

If you are adding an elevated deck to your home’s exterior, you will also need to consider the various types of railings.
Outdoor railings are not only functional (and in many locations, required), but they can also be a beautiful part of your home’s exterior design.
Consider installing a railing with glass panels. The installation is easy, and the results are beautiful. The clear panels won’t distract from your view, and the little visual interference will even make your deck space feel larger.
Installing a railing with glass panels is likely easier than you imagine. After setting the posts and attaching the top and bottom rails, simply slip the glass into place. Enjoy your view—and your safety—for years to come.

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Tools and materials required

TOOLS

  • Measuring tape
  • Square
  • Screwdriver
  • Drill
  • Hammer
  • Metal bit
  • Level
  • Hacksaw

MATERIALS

  • Posts
  • Mounting brackets
  • Spindle fittings and screws (if needed)
  • Top and bottom rails (kit)
  • Slide-in glass panels (kit)
  • Spindles (if needed)
  • Peg legs
  • Rubber blocks

Before Assembly

INSTALLATION

Each system is installed differently. The following instructions are general. Please make sure to read the manufacturers’ instruction first.

KEEP IN MIND

  • The National Building Code of Canada establishes guidelines for the construction of buildings and various structures, including decks. However, these standards can vary depending on the local building requirements in effect in a particular province or municipality.

For instance, in the case of a deck, the height of the deck’s surface above the ground determines the requirement for the railing height:

  • If the deck height is under 24"  Railing is optional (used for decorative purposes).
  • If the deck height is between 24" and 5' 10"  Handrail must be at least 36" tall. Distance between posts should not exceed 96".
  • If the deck height is over 5' 10"  Handrail must be at least 42" tall. Distance between posts should not exceed 60".

 

  • Note that the maximum distance between the balusters and under the bottom rail is 4".

  • For a stairway, the treads should be no less than 9 ¼" deep and the risers no more than 8" high.

Always check the local building requirements for your area before beginning any such construction project.
 

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Install a railing with glass panels