An unobstructed view can greatly enhance any deck or balcony. To achieve this, homeowners can install cable railing systems and glass railing systems. Both offer a sleek and stylish look, but there are some critical differences between the two that homeowners should consider before deciding.

In this blog post, we will compare and contrast cable railing systems and glass railing systems, taking into account factors such as cost, maintenance, durability, and aesthetics. We will also provide tips on how to choose the right type of railing system for your home.

Cable Railing: The Pros and Cons

Stainless steel cable railing is an increasingly popular option for homeowners looking to install new deck railing. Here are the pros and cons of this durable and modern railing system: 


  • Durable and weather-resistant: Cable railing systems are made with high-quality materials resistant to corrosion, rust, and decay.
  • Low maintenance: Very little maintenance is needed to maintain horizontal or vertical cable railing. Simply clean the cables and hardware with soap and water when dirt and grime build-up.
  • Safety: Cable railings provide a safe barrier for decks, balconies, and staircases. The cables are typically tensioned to meet safety codes and prevent them from sagging or becoming loose. 
  • Aesthetic Appeal: Stainless steel cable railings offer a modern and minimalist design that can enhance the overall look of your home. The thin cables provide unobstructed views and a sense of openness.


  • Cost: Cable railing systems can be more expensive than traditional railing systems, such as wood. However, the cost difference is often offset by the lower maintenance requirements and longer lifespan of cable railing systems.

The Pros and Cons Of Glass Deck Railing

Glass balcony railing uses tempered glass to create a safety barrier. 


  • Light and Space: Glass railings can create an illusion of more space and allow natural light to pass through, making the area feel brighter and larger. This is particularly beneficial for smaller spaces or homes with beautiful views.
  • Durability: High-quality tempered glass used in railings is exceptionally strong and durable. It is resistant to weather, UV radiation, and corrosion, making it suitable for both indoor and outdoor applications.


  • Cost: Glass railings are often more expensive than traditional railing materials like wood or aluminum, both in terms of material and installation costs.
  • Maintenance Visibility: While glass is easy to clean, it can show smudges, fingerprints, and water spots more prominently than other materials, especially in high-traffic areas or homes with children and pets.
  • Privacy and Transparency: Glass railings provide less privacy compared to other materials. If privacy is a concern, you may need to use frosted or tinted glass, which can affect the view.
  • Fragility: Although tempered glass is strong, it can still break or shatter upon impact. This may pose a safety risk, especially if children or pets are in the household.
  • Scratches: Over time, glass can develop small scratches that can be challenging or costly to repair or replace.

Choosing The Right Railing System For Your Home

Choosing the materials for your new deck can be a stressful process but it doesn’t have to be. The knowledge the team at Fencing and Railing Solutions has provided will help you make a decision. If you have additional questions, contact our sales team at or call (610) 466-5482.