Glass is insanely popular right now. Easily 90% of all of our very custom/high-end stair projects on the go right now have glass integrated into their design. There are a few things you need to know about glass before you decide if it is the guard for you. Firstly, cleaning the glass will become almost a daily habit, especially if you have curious dogs! Secondly, engineering will be required on nearly all jobs, so this is a cost you must factor in when planning a glass job. Typically 3/8" & 1/2" tempered are the industry standard for clear tempered glass. There are many ways to fasten the glass (stand-offs, glass clips, channel's) and this is where the inspectors are going to want to see your engineering.
We love the floor-to-ceiling look of tempered glass. Visually, the instant description that comes to mind is ultra contemporary & modern lines. The glass provides both as a functioning guard as well as providing an ultra contemporarylook which is expensive, however extremely sexy!