Modern railings for balconies

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Modern railings for balconies
When it comes to modern balcony railings, a simple metal rail is just one option. (quaint balcony image by Pix by Marti from

Whether you're just looking for something new or you need to replace an old, rotted railing, installing a modern railing on your balcony can make it safer and give your home a more contemporary look. From simple to decorative, balcony railings are available in a variety of heights and sizes.


If you want an inexpensive, modern rail option, a basic wood rail painted a bright white can add a striking modern look to your home's exterior. If bright white isn't your thing, try another colour that complements your home's exterior colour, but remember bold colours tend to work best. To keep to the modern style, choose rails with clean lines and a strong geometric design, such as rails with square posts and handrails. A popular option, wood railing must be maintained and repainted and sealed every few years.


If you want something sleek, a glass railing might be just what you're looking for. Available in standard, tempered or etched glass, glass railings typically come in standard panel sizes and are often combined with metal elements to create a modern look. For a more detailed rail, choose custom etched glass. If you have small children, you may want to avoid glass or pay extra shatterproof glass.


From simple to elaborate, metal railings are durable and tend to be easy to maintain. Made from a wide variety of elements, like steel, aluminium and even wrought iron. metal styles range from simple, modern welded pipe or rod designs you see on modern commercial buildings to more elaborate panels with geometric shapes or curlicues inspired by the historic rails of New Orleans. For a unique, modern look, combine metal rails with something like tiled or wood posts.

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