Glass balustrades VS pine banisters - which is the right one for your home?

February 28, 2018

The staircase is the focal point of your home, so it stands to reason that the right design will ultimately transform the whole ambiance of the building. But with such a variety to choose from, it can be difficult to know where to begin.

Staying on-trend, we delve into the world of glass balustrades VS pine banisters. Determining once and for all which of the two comes out on top!


One of the most crucial elements of a staircase is space, which could be why balustrades are fast becoming a popular design product within many British homes.

Whilst pine banisters have the ability to blend well alongside neutral interiors, glass balustrades define space much more successfully. They remain weightless, appealing and open. The transparency of the material also delivers the instant illusion of an extended home, without restricting the scenery that the property has to offer. This is ideal for Buckinghamshire homes with far reaching views or smaller areas.


Often used as safety barriers, glass balustrades are incredibly versatile. Although a robust material, pine can experience dents and scratches more easily than other types of wood – making it an unsuitable option especially for families with young children. Textured and frosted balustrade options can add a touch of elegance to toughened, safety and tempered glazing options for increased protection; ideal for busy families, as it’s incredibly safe. Its look can adapt quickly too; simply by changing the shape, colour or size of the panels.


Building regulations must be taken into consideration for both balustrades and banisters. When glazing is used as guarding for stairs, parapets or as balustrades it must be capable of withstanding the loadings, all while still satisfying the minimum height requirements.

Glass stair balustrades


The concept and colours surrounding a pine banister play an important factor in determining the finished result. Whereas each glazed balustrade is incredibly durable and functional in terms of the amount of design options available to you. These are offered in various obscure and textured glazing styles, to create a bespoke, ultra-modern feature.


Glass balustrades may cost more than pine banisters; however, they are much more likely to add value to your home if you decide to sell in the future – creating that extra ‘wow-factor.’ Perfect for both home and commercial projects, they are a lasting, environmentally friendly investment.

Glazing experts in High Wycombe

If you’re interested in installing glass balustrades in your home, please get in touch with Jack of Glass today. We offer a fully customisable range of stunning glazed options to suit your individual taste.


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If you have a particular way of improving your home in mind and reside anywhere in or around a 20 mile radius, feel free to get in touch with our reliable team. We’ll be in touch swiftly.

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