Steel Railing Styles for Your Home or Business

Steel Railing Styles for Your Home or Business

If you have stairs, a walkway, or a porch on your home or business, you may be looking for some railings to provide safety and meet with building codes. Pro Weld is the #1 railing company in Toronto. We specialize in wrought iron, cast iron, and stainless steel. Today, we want to tell you about some amazing steel railing styles that would look great inside or outside your home or business. 

Vertical Bars

One of the most classic steel railing styles and a great choice for walkway railings for a business are steel railings with vertical bars. Close-set vertical bars are an effective way to keep things divided. These are great for lining walkways beside grass that you’d like to keep intact. Keeping people from moving off the path will protect it from getting trampled on and destroyed with time.

Plus, these close-set bars are great at making an effective barrier. They make it nigh impossible for dogs or small children to crawl under bars to the other side while their guardian struggles to get them back. This is a bonus for all involved.

Glass and Steel

Another of the popular steel railing styles is the glass and steel hybrid railing. These railings are made up of a steel frame with a glass panel in the middle. This style is especially good inside chic businesses like malls, boutiques, and any two-story shop. They provide a high measure of safety for second floors as well as promote visibility. 

Railings without glass – those with bars instead – make visibility between the first and second floor quite difficult. Trying to look between the bars leaves you with an interrupted view. The only way to remedy this is by going all the way up to the railing to look over the top. With glass and steel railings, you can look directly through the glass without needing to approach. Plus, the glass and steel look just amazing together. They’re both light and somewhat reflective in appearance.

Spaced Out

Last but not least, we have more spaced out steel railings. These are great for safety in places where small children are unlikely to be left unattended or where height is a non-issue. These steel railings come with the top railing as well as some spaced out bars for attaching said railing to the ground, floor, or stairs. The primary purpose of this style is to provide a railing to grip. 

This style is most commonly seen up the middle of an outdoor stairway or alongside an indoor stairway. However, this style is also seen along boardwalks, outdoor walkways, and at the edge of small ridges. They work well to keep people from climbing down them rather than use an existing stairway.

Hire Pro Weld

If you’re in the market for railings of any type, Pro Weld is exactly the team you need. We’ve been crafting beautiful, iron and steel railings for the people of Toronto for 30 years. When you’re ready to order some new railings, we look forward to doing the same for you. Give us a call and we’ll be happy to help.

Glass Railing Variations Available from Pro Weld

Glass Railing Variations Available from Pro Weld

If you’re in the market for some new railings in Toronto, you’ve come to the right place. Pro Weld is Toronto’s #1 railing production company. And, we’re not #1 without a reason. Our railings are quality, crafted in our shop especially for our clients. Today, we want to focus a bit on our high quality glass railing variations.

Variation Importance

Glass railings are great for a lot of settings, but what really makes it perfect is the glass railing variation you choose. There are a few different variations you can choose from, each with their own unique style. If your home or business has a specific design aesthetic you’re aiming for, matching your railings is important. Ensuring the design you choose matches the rest of the property can be the difference between railings that enhance or detract from the overall property appearance. So, without further ado, here are some of the glass railing variations we have to offer at Pro Weld in Toronto.

Frameless

One of our most sleek and popular designs is our frameless glass railing. These railings are held up only by the metal mounts, leaving the railings themselves completely transparent. This allows for a fantastic view, unobstructed by framework.

Some of the perks of a frameless glass railing are:

  • There’s hot metal railing frame in the summertime
  • No obstruction in your view
  • And, no risk of rust or weathering of metal

If you’re looking to have Pro Weld’s glass railings installed along the perimeter of your deck or balcony, frameless is a choice you won’t regret.

Panel Connectors

Want most of the visibility that comes with a frameless glass railing with a little more support? Adding metal connectors between the vertical edges of each pane will add just that. These connectors will make each pane sturdier, relying, as well, on the strength of the adjoining panes, instead of just its own strength.

Steel Frame

Looking for something a little sturdier? If you want a glass railing that’s better at handling traffic and those seeking some support, a steel frame is just the choice for you. Steel-framed glass railings put less pressure on the glass panes, making them less likely to break under a lot of force. All of the pressure is, instead, put on the metal frame.

Stainless steel is a fantastic look for more industrial interiors, exteriors with a lighter aesthetic, or for surrounding pools. The light color of the steel compliments the light, metallic nature of these styles.

Iron Frame

If you want something a bit more bold, try going for the iron frame. Our iron-framed glass railing variations have a black, iron frame. The black of the iron frame goes really well inside or outside of brick buildings. It also suits contemporary design. While frames leave a little less visibility, it adds so much more that it’s hard to resist.

Hire Pro Weld

If you’re in the toronto area and looking for quality railings, you know we’re the best in the business. Put your money in a company you can trust to deliver high quality results. If you’re not happy with the product you receive, you can be sure we won’t make you settle for less than expected. Give us a call if you have questions and we’ll be happy to help you out.

Fun Perks to Glass Railings in Your Home

Fun Perks to Glass Railings in Your Home

There’s a surprising number of people that don’t know you can have glass railings in your home. These are either frameless of have a metal frame that the glass panes attach to. While these beautiful railings have merit all in their appearance, we want to talk about some fun perks to glass railings as well. Here are some ways glass railings can improve your life that you might not have thought of.

Visibility

The first and most obvious of the perks to glass railings is that they promote visibility. For homes with lofted second floors or stairways that are directly beside the living room, this is fantastic. Railings with bars or other such barriers make it hard to see from one side to the other.

From a loft, you can only get a clear view of the first floor by completely approaching the railing. Forget sitting in an armchair and looking down. All you’ll see are railing bars. With glass, this is no problem.

Decals and Decorating

This is especially valuable if you have kids in your home. You know those plastic decals you can stick to the window for holidays? In the winter it might be snowflakes, snowmen, Christmas trees, or any number of other things. In autumn, it might be pumpkins, spiders, witches, or colorful leaves. No matter what your subject of choice is, you can now bring this tradition further indoors. Glass railings are the perfect place to stick these decals, giving a little festive spirit to the inside of your house.

Don’t stop there! Decals aren’t the only holiday decorations that can adorn your glass railings. You can also dress them with garlands or lights. Plus, because they’re glass and can be easily washed off, you can even use paint pens on them. You know, the ones people use to write, “Class of 2020,” or, “Just Married,” on their car windows. Bring the celebration inside the home by decorating your glass railings however you like.

Display Things

While this isn’t as refined as garlands and lights, you can also decorate your railings with photos or children’s artwork. While tape residue may take a little elbow grease or specialized cleaner to get off, it’s very effective. By placing a photo, face out, against the back side of the glass, you’ve turned your glass railings into a picture frame. Do this with a lot of photos and you have a beautiful collage. 

Document your kids’ childhood. Spread the love with pictures of you and the love of your life. Make your home your friends’ home by putting up photos of your years of adventures together. The possibilities are as vast as your own creativity.

Buy Quality Railings

No matter how you choose to enjoy your glass railings, you want to make sure they last. Therefore, buy the best quality glass railings in Toronto by shopping Pro Weld. Our glass railings will outlast years of celebration, tape, decals, and little ones pressing their noses to the glass. They’re made with safety and durability as the top priority.

Give us a call if you want to talk railings and we’ll be more than happy to help.

Glass Railings for Commercial Spaces

Glass Railings for Commercial Spaces

If you’re looking for a touch of class in your commercial hotspot, you might be looking for glass railings. These functional fixtures are both useful and beautiful. They add an elegance you can’t otherwise achieve without spending an exorbitant amount of money. Fortunately, you can get glass railings from your friendly, neighborhood railing company. Toronto’s finest railings all come from Pro Weld. Here’s how we can help you too.

An Aesthetic Choice

The cool thing about glass railings is that they not only look elegant, they also have a strong, somewhat masculine appearance. Pro Weld’s glass railings are made up of a black, metal frame and panes of glass. This leads to a sturdy fixture that looks great too.

Visibility

Glass railings aren’t just great because they look amazing. They also allow the rest of your building to look amazing. Tired of your view being obscured by metal bars? The glass panels that make up the bulk of glass railings allow perfect visibility. If your commercial building will have one level overlooking the other, these are the best choice you can make for railings. Patrons and staff will be able to see clearly from one level to the other without having to approach the railing to look over it.

Improved Safety

When it comes to railings and safety, most designs are safe choices for adults. However, where adults go, their young children often follow. While most railing types account for this in their bar spacing, more decorate railings can come with gaps. These gaps are a magnet for trouble. 

While small children may not be able to fit their whole body through, they are likely to want to put limbs through. Having a child get their arm stuck in the railing at your store is less than ideal for everyone involved. 

Not to mention, little kids love to test out gravity by dropping things. This is only amplified the more height you add to the equation. Toddlers throwing things from the second floor is made easy when there are gaps in your railings. This is a huge hazard to those shopping below, even when the projectile is small.

Glass railings make all of these concerns disappear. With no gaps, children can only press their hands against the glass and look down at the floor below. No harm done. Having your staff give them a clean at the end of each week is plenty sufficient to keep them looking their best.

Pro Weld Railings

If you’re looking for the perfect railing for your commercial building, Pro Weld is here to help. Even if you decide that glass railings aren’t for you, we have a wide selection of other railing types to choose from. Take a look through our selection and give us a call when it’s time to order. If you need help choosing, we’re more than happy to help how we can.

The Right Railings for Commercial Buildings

The Right Railings for Commercial Buildings

Choosing the right railings for any building can be a tricky task. That’s because railings have a way of being both very important in a building’s appearance while also going unnoticed most of the time. Combine considerations for appearance with considerations for functionality and safety and you’ve got yourself a lot to think about. Luckily, Toronto’s leading railing manufacturers are here to help.

Commercial Safety Standards

The first think you need to remember about choosing your new commercial railings is that there are often strict safety standards. Take a moment and check out the safety standards for commercial railings in Ontario before you continue your search.

Now that you know what guidelines you have to follow, you can find the right material for your building.

Long-Lasting Iron

The first material up for consideration is the strong and refined iron. Iron is a great choice buildings made of natural materials. Stone or brick buildings with iron railings look even more rich and bold than before. Your iron railings can be designed in any number of ways. Want something strong and straightforward? Try regular, vertical bars. Want something elegant instead? Art nouveau railings are still alive and well. Commercial buildings all need something different though, so pick the style that suits yours best.

Sleek and Stainless

Iron might not be quite what you’re looking for. If you’re looking for something strong, that can handle hundreds of people a day leaning on it, sitting on it, and otherwise relying on its durability, stainless steel is a fantastic idea.

Stainless steel has a lot of benefits to its use. For one thing, it really is incredibly strong. Stainless steel railings can really take a beating – and not just for one day, but thousands. You can count on stainless steel railings to last many years and still retain their original strength. This makes them great for buildings with heavy traffic, like malls and such.

Gorgeous Glass

For some buildings, appearance is more important than strength. For instance, offices or other work buildings that will primarily have adults in them. If there’s not a great need for strength, elegance is a great feature to have instead. These buildings are a great place to install glass railings.

Glass railings are great for visibility and style. These modern fixtures maximize light flow and give any building they’re installed in a touch of class. Plus, they’re easy to clean and safe for small children.

If you want the best railings for commercial buildings in Toronto, Pro Weld is the place to be. Come check out our work in person or give us a call to learn more. We look forward to answering your questions and helping you with your order. 

What to Look for in a Railing

What to Look for in a Railing

Different homes and businesses in different places will demand different things. That’s why it’s important to know what to look for in a railing when it comes time to buy one (or more). Pro Weld, Toronto’s leading railing manufacturers, are here to clue you in on some things you should consider when buying railings. 

Weather

If you’re looking to buy outdoor railings, you’ll want to take into consideration what kind of weather you get around your home or business. Some materials are better than others if you live in a particularly wet environment. Have a lot of rain, snow, or humidity? Iron may not be the best choice for you.

Iron can be coated in paint or a powder coating to prevent it from rusting. However, if you live somewhere where damage to the coating can occur easily, it could leave you with rusty, iron railings. Fortunately, with Pro Weld, you get the best railing and coating quality available. So, if your heart is set on wrought iron, don’t let iron’s less than stellar affinity with water get you down. Pro Weld has your back.

Durability

If you’re looking to buy railings for a location that gets a lot of foot traffic or activity, something durable is a great choice. If you’re looking for durability, stainless steel is in the lead. Glass railings are less durable than their metal counterparts.

Pro Weld offers high quality, glass railings that are made to withstand quite a lot before breaking, however. While stainless steel is generally tougher, you shouldn’t let that stop you if you want glass. 

Functionality

When it comes to functionality, glass railings are actually some of the best. You get a barrier, keeping people and animals out of closed-off areas. You get a clear view, making them great for decks or balconies. Plus, they’re strong and can withstand most things nature will throw at them.

If you’re looking for something to deter people from entering your property, wrought iron, however, is the best you can get. Wrought iron fences are easy to make tall, brooding, and hard to climb over. Getting over a wrought iron fence without getting hurt is no easy task, especially if you go for a somewhat pointy design. These fences, however, don’t allow much in the way of a clear view.

Making the right choice for what railing you buy is all about your individual needs. We hope this article provides some food for thought regarding what each railing’s strong points are. Each railing type has something different to offer and we’re sure one of them will be a great fit for you.

Unsure what you want for your home or business? Give us a call and we can discuss the pros and cons with you, coming to a personalized solution. Let us know if you have any questions and we’ll be happy to help.

Customize Your Railing Design with Innovative Aluminum

glass railing in Toronto home

Are you looking for a railing system that looks great, is easy to install, and can be installed however you like? Innovative Aluminum is exactly what you need. Not sure what Innovative Aluminum is all about? Pro Weld is here today to tell you exactly what it is and why it’s the perfect solution to your railing needs.

What is Innovative Aluminum?

Innovative Aluminum is a truly fantastic product. It’s a component-based railing system that allows customers to install a railing however they want. You can choose how you want your railings to look, whether you want glass or picket, where you want them to go, and how you want them mounted. You can do all of this with high quality components. Plus, all Innovative Aluminum comes with a 20-year warranty. You know we sell quality when we’re happy to guarantee its longevity. 

Unique Design

On of the most incredible things about Innovative Aluminum is that you can make your railing system completely unique. Pick exactly which features in a railing system that you like together and place them how you want to. No one will have the exact kind of railing system you have if you don’t want them to. You can feel free to try something completely new, that you’ve never seen before. Our component-based assembly allows the utmost individuality with railing systems.

Attuned to Your Property

It can be hard to find railings that look just right for your property. If one railing system looks how you want, it may be limited in how it can be mounted. If one is the right design, it might not be made of the material you’re after.

Innovative Aluminum allows you to find a design that looks right for your home and property. Don’t settle for railings you aren’t passionate about. Get what’s right for you and feel good about how your home looks.

Contemporary Appeal

While many people have exactly the railing design that they want in mind, others are looking for something that fits an aesthetic. If you’re trying to find a railing system that belongs with a contemporary style, you’ll be more than happy with the results you get from Innovative Aluminum. Our railings look fantastic with contemporary houses.

This is especially true for our topless glass railings. Using our infinity topless railing system, you can achieve million dollar views for an affordable price. Don’t sacrifice your view by covering it in metal bars; take advantage of glass railings without sacrificing sturdiness and quality.

Easy to Fix

Because Innovative Aluminum is made up of components, damage to your railings can be easily fixed. Warranties make repairs affordable, but railings that are connected more solidly will require a lot of work to repair. Our products are easy to repair with new components, making fixing your railing a breeze.

If you’re looking for the perfect railing system for your home, it’s time to consider Innovative Aluminum. If you have questions about how you can order individual components or an entire railing system, give us a call and we’ll help you make your new railing system a reality.

The Perfect Staircase for a Modern Home

If you need a new staircase in your modern home, you might be wondering what the perfect addition would look like. For some people, knowing exactly what kind of staircase they’re looking for is easy. For others, it takes some creative suggestion. That’s what Pro Weld is here for today. We want to make your search for a new staircase easy, and that starts with knowing what you’re searching for. Let’s get started!

Contemporary Vs. Modern

To start off, we have to clear up some confusion. Many people get the terms contemporary and modern mixed up quite often. To ensure we’re all on the same page, we want to make sure you’re using these words right.

A lot of people use the word modern as a way of referring to the most recent design trends. However, modern design is not recent. The confusion comes from the name of the design style itself. The term “modern” does mean recent, or up-to-date. However, the type of interior design – modern design – was named “modern” in the mid 20th century. It was a modern design at the time, but it is no longer modern despite still being named as such.

If you’re looking for designs that fit the most recent design trends, you’re probably looking for contemporary. Contemporary design is what you see frequently that has a lot of light and dark contrast colors. Black, white, and silver are common in contemporary design. There’s often a lot of metal involved, paired with cold-toned fabrics. 

Modern Glass

A type of staircase that definitely fits in with modern design are those with glass railings. The truth is, glass railings go well with both modern and contemporary. Glass fits well with contemporary because it has no warmth from wood tones and it allows a lot of light flow. However, glass fits in with modern design for different reasons. With modern design, glass actually fits in because it contrasts with wood tones. 

Modern design is always looking for contrasts. That can mean using a warm, orange upholstery on one chair while choosing a bold blue for another. That can mean using a pale, white carpet and accenting it with a striking, saturated area rug. In this same way, combining saturated wood tones with the crystal clear expanse of glass works well with modern. 

Spirals

Modern design experiments a lot with shape contrasts as well as color contrasts. You can see this by looking up mid-century modern design photos online. There is a wonderful contrast between angles and curves. Modern design does, however, tend to put a little more focus on curves. That’s why we think a spiral staircase would fit well in a modern home. Saturated, wooden stairs with some simplistic iron railings would look great in the corner of a modern room.

If you have any questions about the kind of railings we have to offer at Pro Weld, give us a call. Our friendly staff always looks forward to answering your questions.

The Best Railings for Rooftop Terraces

The Best Railings for Rooftop Terraces

If you’ve got a house with a rooftop terrace, you surely want to outfit it with things that will allow you to enjoy it to the fullest. One thing that can easily ruin the experience of a rooftop terrace is a badly chosen railing. Check out how Pro Weld can make your rooftop terrace the place to be!

What’s the View?

The first thing you need to take into consideration when picking a railing for a rooftop terrace is what kind of view you’re dealing with. Surprisingly, the view from your roof has a huge impact on the best railing choice.

  • A city view or something coastal does best with better visibility. You can achieve the maximum visibility with a glass railing. This type of railing makes use of glass panels. You can get these with metal framework or without. The glass allows you to see your surroundings even while lounging. No need to let metal bars get in the way of you enjoying your surroundings. 
  • A nature view, especially when living somewhere with a lot of trees, needs less visibility. Your railing won’t be covering anything you couldn’t see above the bars anyway. Not to mention, getting glass railings for an area filled with trees could pose a problem. That’s because this could lead to leaves sticking to the glass and the glass railings are more likely to get dirty and need regular cleaning. Iron railings will look fantastic in this environment, however. The dark of the iron railings will fit in well with the rich and earthy tones of nature.

Picking Glass

If you decide to opt for a glass railing, you should know what your options are. Not all glass railings are created equal. Here are some different types:

  • There are full-framed glass railings. These railings are made up of a full metal frame with glass panels fitted into each section. These are great for areas with a lot of traffic like stairways, but may not be suitable for a terrace. It’s also a matter of visual preference.
  • Some glass railings have metal dividing posts. These posts are where the glass panels are secured. While these involved more metal, these actually involve less separate anchors than a frameless railing.
  • Frameless glass railings are secured with anchoring points. These usually have small pieces of metal holding each glass panel together at the top and some kind of anchoring point at the base. While these minimize the bulk of the metal used, they also aren’t necessarily as sleek looking as glass railings with the dividing posts.

Picking Metal

Metal railings come in all kinds of designs. Plus, you can choose which kind of metal suits you. We’ve got our black wrought and cast-iron as well as stainless steel. Check out our gallery to see the variety we have. You won’t be disappointed.

Give us a call at Pro Weld if you have questions about our products or would like to discuss a potential order.

Make Your Pool Family Friendly with Glass Railings

Make Your Pool Family Friendly with a Glass Enclosure

If you’ve got children and are looking into having a pool installed – or vice versa – you might want some tips on safety. Pro Weld is a company of the leading experts on railings in Toronto. That means we know a thing or two about safety. We’re here today to tell you how you can benefit from glass railings around your pool. Let’s see how you can make your pool family friendly with glass railings.

Safety First

The first benefit to surrounding your pool area with glass railings is, of course, safety. Glass railings are a great way to keep smaller children out of the pool area without obstructing their view. This allows them to watch over older siblings or parents without getting close enough to fall in.

Splash Guard

If your kids are old enough to play in the pool with some supervision, this next perk is for you. Adults who want to lounge nearby at a table or in a lounge chair can keep dry with glass railings. Because these railings are made of glass panels, water splashing out of the pool is no longer a threat to your dry clothes or sun-warmed skin.

Not only do these glass panels keep you dry, they also keep your things dry. If you want to bring electronics, books, or snacks out by the pool with you, you don’t want them to get wet. Glass railings will protect your belongings from pool water and still allow you to enjoy the view.

Regular Railings

Glass railings aren’t just good for enclosing the pool and blocking out water. If you have a porch or terrace on a higher level of ground, you can use glass railings as regular railings. Keep people safe from getting hurt by lining the edge of your higher lounge area with glass railings. Glass railings will allow you to see down to the pool, even from up in the lounge. Lining the stairs with these rails will also minimize the risk of someone slipping while they’re wet with pool water.

Durability

Aren’t glass railings dangerous to have around a pool in case someone slips and falls into them? The short answer is no. Our glass railings are durable and built to withstand impact from this sort of thing. Glass railings wouldn’t do anymore harm to your child than a regular railing or fence would, should they fall into them.

Appearance

Outside of all of the safety and convenience features of glass railings, they also just look fantastic. Your pool area is going to look great with some of these sleek railings lining it. Not to mention, you can pick exactly what kind of glass railings you want. These aren’t just one-size-fits-all. You can get your glass railings with full framing, partial framing, or none at all.

If you have any questions about our products here at Pro Weld, give us a call and we’ll be happy to help.

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