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Are Glass Staircases Safe for Children?

Detail of glass balustrade staircase

With more homeowners than ever before realizing the many benefits of revamping their staircase, many people have questions regarding the safety of glass staircases, particularly those with children or pets.

All too frequently, people rule out a glass staircase design due to concerns about safety. However, glass staircases can actually be one of the safest choices for your home.

In this blog, we’ll cover the reasons why glass staircases are a fantastic (and perfectly safe) option to give your home a new lease of life.

Glass staircases are durable

Unlike other materials that may rot or rust, glass is a highly robust material that won’t degrade over time. 

It’s important to note that glass staircases aren’t manufactured from regular glass. Toughened, laminated safety glass is used to produce every panel, which must conform to all UK safety standards and regulatory requirements. 

This type of glass is extremely resistant to impact, meaning it won’t suffer any major structural damage (even if your German Shepherd barrels into it at full pelt).

 Glass stairs lit by skylight

Glass staircases enhance safety

Whilst it’s a legal requirement that no staircase should have gaps that an infant’s head could pass through, staircases featuring wooden or metal spindles can still be extremely tempting for your eager little one. Their head may not fit, but they may still be inclined to wiggle their limbs through the gaps.

Glass staircase panels can be designed so that the spaces are far too small for even the smallest limbs to pass through. 

This enhances the safety aspect of your glass staircase, without compromising the visual aesthetics.

And to state the obvious…

Glass staircases are, unsurprisingly, transparent! This not only lets light flow easily through your home, giving the impression of more space, but it’s also an important safety feature. 

The improved visibility that glass staircases provide allows for better judgement of height, reducing the risk of accidents.

Speak to the experts in glass staircase installation

In conclusion, when glass staircases are installed professionally, using the correct materials, they are just as safe – and often even safer – than staircases produced from other materials. 

If you’re considering installing a glass staircase in your home, it’s vital that you choose a reputable company.

Abbott Wade have been installing staircases across the UK for over 25 years, and are experts in glass staircase design.

If you have any questions about the safety of glass staircases, don’t hesitate to get in touch with their knowledgeable team today.