Exterior Glass Railings

When you are ready to ditch the wood, large composite pickets, and intrusive rails, then Glass Ninja is here to fully meet your needs. With our glass railing system, there are no rails to get in the way, as a result, the view you have worked so hard to get is now completely free of obstructions and entirely uninterrupted. Why bother with woods and metals that are likely to deteriorate over time? Our glass solution eliminates all of the extra materials, keeping your railing design looking sleek and elegant. With our glass railings you can now show off to all your friends and family, don’t let a piece of metal stand in the way of some much-deserved bragging rights.

No more views interrupted with exterior deck glass railings

High-Quality Custom-Made Glass Railings

At Glass Ninja Ltd., we offer peace of mind by installing beautiful and safe residential glass railings. We comply with all the building code requirements, government regulations and offer warranties on all our railing installations. Our goal is to build strong business relationships with our clients, with our team of technicians, with our suppliers, and with our professional builders. No matter how big or small your project may be, Glass Ninja is here to ensure it is completed with elegance and haste to best meet your high standards. 

We are proud to serve clients in Toronto, the GTA, and across all of Southern Ontario.

Applications for glass railings may include front and/or backyard decks, patios, indoor and outdoor staircases; as well as, other areas where you are looking for a beautiful unobstructed view for your home or business. No matter the selected area, view obstructions and extra materials are a headache, that’s why we at Glass Ninja always promise to take the hassle of installation off your hands. You let us know what design you like, and then sit back and relax while our team of expert technicians complete the job in a hasteful manner, providing you with a completed job quickly and efficiently. 

Prices will vary due to client location, accessibility, style, complexity and material types. All of our projects are completely customized to meet your needs and suitable prices that will leave all parties satisfied. If you are interested in having a glass railing installed at your home or business then book a free quote with one of our technicians on the form at the bottom of this page. For more awesome railing designs for your home or business check out our interior glass stair railings page for more information and design inspirations.

Your Gorgeous View Remains The Star Of The Show Thanks To Completely Transparent Frameless Glass Railings.

Every project that Glass Ninja completes is a reflection of our client’s uniqueness. With an array of glass treatments and hardware shapes and colors at your fingertips, the options are truly limitless. Just like your own fingerprint, no two designs are exactly the same.

Exterior Glass Railings

Glass Railing Hardware Options

SPIGOTS

Spigots are one of the most popular systems for exterior glass mounting applications. They are often seen as pool perimeter fencing, balcony guards, porch railings, and deck railings. The design allows the glass to be elevated above the mounting surface and create space for drainage and cleaning. Can be combined with glass gates and latches. Uses ½” tempered glass, and 2205 stainless steel grade material construction- perfect for areas exposed to water and moisture.

Mounting Options:
  • Surface Mounted
  • Side mounted
  • Edge Mounted
Glass Thickness:
  • 1/2″ (12mm)
Hardware Colours to Choose From:
  • Satin Anodized Aluminum
  • Black Aluminum
  • Stainless steel
  • Custom powder coated
Glass Types
  • Standard clear
  • Starphire Ultra- clear
  • Frosted
  • Printed
  • Bronze-Tinted
  • Grey-Tinted

MINI POSTS

Mini-posts offer both side and surface mounted options. Glass floats above the deck surface supported by standoffs which are mounted to an aluminum or a stainless steel mini post. Can be adapted to almost any wood or concrete surface on balconies, decks, porches, and stairs.

Exterior deck glass railings
Mounting Options:
  • Surface Mounted
  • Side mounted
Glass Thickness:
  • 1/2″ (12mm)
Hardware Colours to Choose From:
  • Satin Anodized Aluminum
  • Black Aluminum
  • Stainless steel
  • Custom powder coated
Glass Types
  • Standard clear
  • Starphire Ultra- clear
  • Frosted
  • Printed
  • Bronze-Tinted
  • Grey-Tinted

BASE SHOE

Our beautiful base shoe system design features ½” glass with a bottom supporting 5” tall shoe channel that can be surface or side mounted to further conceal the hardware. Requires no vertical support. Excellent choice for decks, porches, and balconies. Can be installed on stairs but requires a 3” wide stringer surface to mount to.

Mounting Options:
  • Surface Mounted
  • Side mounted
Glass Thickness:
  • 1/2″ (12mm)
Hardware Colours to Choose From:
  • Satin Anodized Aluminum
  • Black Aluminum
  • Stainless steel
  • Custom powder coated
Glass Types
  • Standard clear
  • Starphire Ultra- clear
  • Frosted
  • Printed
  • Bronze-Tinted
  • Grey-Tinted

STANDOFFS

Standoffs offer a side mounted installation option popular on balconies and decks. Glass sits proud of the deck surface with hardware hidden below the view. When viewed from the inside, this type of installation offers the least obstructed views out of all frameless systems. Square and round shapes available in various sizes. Uses 12mm (1/2”) tempered glass. No vertical support required. Optional glass clips or a cap rail can be added.

Mounting Options:
  • Side mounted
Glass Thickness:
  • 1/2″ (12mm)
Hardware Colours to Choose From:
  • Brushed stainless steel
  • Matte Black
  • Custom powder coated
Glass Types
  • Standard clear
  • Starphire Ultra- clear
  • Frosted
  • Printed
  • Bronze-Tinted
  • Grey-Tinted

FRAMELESS STAINLESS STEEL POSTS

Our most popular system type – Frameless Stainless Steel Post Glass Railings. The system can be adapted to almost any setting including exterior decks, stairs, porches and balconies. Available as a top or side mounted option. Comes standard with a post-mounted handrail that can be installed on stair as well as horizontal applications. Square and round options available for the post profile as well as the handrail. Uses 10mm (3/8”) or 12mm (1/2”) tempered glass. Glass panels remain frameless as they are secured using clips installed on adjacent posts, leaving out any supporting framing. To learn about the difference between aluminum and stainless-steel post systems, see the key features outlined in an article below.

Mounting Options:
  • Surface Mounted
  • Side mounted
Glass Thickness:
  • 3/8” (10mm)
  • 1/2″ (12mm)
Hardware Colours to Choose From:
  • Brushed stainless steel
  • Matte Black
  • Custom powder coated
Glass Types
  • Standard clear
  • Starphire Ultra- clear
  • Frosted
  • Printed
  • Bronze-Tinted
  • Grey-Tinted

FRAMED GLASS ALUMINUM POSTS

Aluminum post glass railings are an alternative to our frameless post system. Common choice amongst builders for a more cost-effective guard solution. The system consists of 2”x2” or 3”x3” square posts which are connected by a top and bottom rail, thus forming a frame. Glass inserts are positioned between the rails with additional vertical support frames. 6mm (1/4”) glass inserts allow for a more affordable design as opposed to a frameless system. With numerous finishes and rail styles, you can customize the design to match the style of your home.

Mounting Options:
  • Surface Mounted
Glass Thickness:
  • ¼” (6mm)
Glass Types
  • Standard clear
  • Frosted
  • Bronze-Tinted
  • Grey-Tinted

DIFFERENCE BETWEEN ALUMINUM AND STEEL POST SYSTEMS

It is important to understand the difference between an aluminum and frameless post systems as they offer different colour options, designs, materials, applications, and pricing. While frameless post systems can be adapted to interior and exterior residential and commercial applications in various scenarios, aluminum post system has some limitations you should be aware of when selecting your design. Aluminum posts are meant mainly for large uninterrupted lengths of outdoor space. Framed larger hardware is often associated with a commercial look and is often found in settings such as patios and building guards. You may also see it in new residential homes built by developers. Aluminum posts are required to be larger and provide additional framing for glass or picket inserts. Glass inserts are not considered architectural and therefore require framing around each edge of the glass. Frameless systems use thicker 10-12mm (3/8-1/2”) glass which is considered architectural and can hold its own weight, as long as its fastened on either side using small clips. No frame is required for a steel post system. Aesthetic is the main consideration when selecting between the two systems, however you will also find frameless steel systems to provide better longevity with minimal maintenance requirements. For more detail between the system see our comparison chart below.

Frameless Stainless-Steel Posts Framed Aluminum Posts
MaterialStainless Steel 304
Stainless Steel 316
Aluminum
Post dimensionsSquare 1-5/8”x1-5/8”
Round ø1-5/8”
Square 2”x2” (select styles only)
Square 3”x3”
Top-RailOptional:
Round ø1-5/8”
Square 1-5/8”x1-5/8”
Rectangular 1”x2”
Rectangular 1/2”x1-1/2”
Rectangular 1/2”x2”
Required:
Traditional (with 3”x3” posts only)
Contemporary (Square)
Classic
Hardware FinishesNatural Brushed Stainless Steel
Powder Coated Matte Black 
100s Custom powder coated options
Black
White
Commercial Brown
Sandalwood
Clay
Pewter
Glass MountingClipsFrame
Glass Thickness10mm (3/8”)
12mm (1/2”)
6mm (1/4”)
Glass TypeStandard clear
Starphire Ultra- clear
Frosted
Printed
Bronze-Tinted
Grey-Tinted
Standard clear
Frosted
Bronze-Tinted
Grey-Tinted

PREPARING THE AREA

Regardless of which system you have chosen, it is important that the area is prepared properly to accept a stable installation of exterior railings. All our systems have the same requirement for a proper stable base, they are described below:

Concrete

A minimum available thickness 6” of concrete to be available for rod mounting and fastening. Side and surface installation systems requirements are the same. Concrete can be covered with stone or tile, as long as adequate thickness of concrete is available below the surface material. This applies to pool fencing, porches, balconies, and all other areas where railings are to be installed.

Wood

If mounting to a wooden surface it is imperative that below the surface, we are able to fasten to a reinforced wooden structure of a minimum of 6” deep. It is also equally as important that the wooden structure is securely fastened to the rest of the deck/balcony/house etc. to ensure adequate stability of the railings. Special consideration should be given to areas that are prone to high winds, such as lake houses and exposed elevated decks. All our systems are rated and certified to withstand significant forced exerted on the guards by leaning or wind gust forced. It is the homeowner’s or builder’s responsibility to ensure the material supporting the hardware anchors is able to withstand forces transferred to it by the guards. A typical requirement is a triple stacked 2×8 or larger material below the mounting surface which is secured to the rest of the structure.

Stone and composites

The surface of the installation should be as smooth and level as possible. If not using wood or concrete as the mounting surface, ensure that below the surface adequate material can be found to be used for fastening. There should be either the wood or the concrete material described above.

Handrail Options For Exterior Glass Railings (Optional)

Handrailing is a popular choice for exterior application around decks, stairs, balconies, and more. We use rust proof stainless steel grade 316 which ensures longevity of your investment. Each section is designed and fabricated to your liking. With multiple mounting and profile options, you can customize the options to fit your style.

GLASS SIDE MOUNT

Tubing is installed on steel support brackets which are mounted through pre-drilled holes in your glass guards. This allows for the railing to be positioned a few inches below the height of your glass guards.

CAP-RAIL

Tubing with a groove is installed on top of the glass edge using a rubber gasket. This increases the width of your stairwells and is a great choice for tight spaces. Also a great option for balconies and decks allowing you to lean against the rail instead of the glass edge.

WALL-MOUNT

Tubing installed on steel supposed brackets mounted to brick, stone, concrete, or studs behind drywall. Keeps the glass guards clean with minimal hardware for the all-glass look.

POST-MOUNTED

If using our frameless stainless steel post systems, a handrail can be post-mounted. This works great on stairs as well as landings, and eliminates the need for hole drilling in glass.

HANDRAIL PROFILES AND FINISHES

Regardless of the system you are using, there are multiple handrail profiles to choose from. Our most popular options are round ø42.4mm and square 40mmx40mm. However other profiles are available on request.

All our stainless steel handrailing come in a natural brushes stainless steel finish. However upon request they can be powder coated to any colour of your choice. A popular option is Matte black.

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