Exploring Frameless Glass Railing Hardware Systems

Exploring Frameless Glass Railing Hardware Systems

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At J.R.E. Hardware, we offer top-notch glass railing hardware solutions. Whether you want to enhance your staircase, create a seamless deck, or secure your pool area, we’ve got you covered.

Glass railing systems offer style, safety, and practicality. Our strong 12mm laminated glass panels can be held in place by various mounting methods, providing clear views and weather resistance while exceeding safety standards. Understanding the different types of glass railing hardware can help you make an informed choice that complements your space.


The Types Of Frameless Glass Railing Hardware


Standoff Glass Railing Systems

Photo of a standoff glass railing hardware piece next to an image of it in use on a glass railingThese systems feature glass panels that are anchored to the facia of the structure using standoffs, creating a sleek and unobtrusive look. Our durable stainless steel standoffs provide vigorous support while allowing the glass panels to appear to float. Mounting the standoffs securely to the fascia provides a stable foundation for the glass. Once the standoffs are in place, the pre-drilled glass panels are carefully positioned and attached to the standoffs using specialized hardware.


Short Post Glass Railing Systems

a black and wood building with a frameless glass railing against a bright blue sky

Unlike traditional railing systems with long vertical posts, short post systems use shorter posts spaced along the railing area. This product is created from high-grade 6063 T6 aluminum, which is built for strength and corrosion resistance. The short posts mount to the fascia of the surface, resulting in a secure system with a low profile that allows for unobstructed views and maximum transparency. This system is a breeze to clean and maintain and an outstanding choice for decks, balconies, and stairs.


Base Shoe Glass Railing Systems

bass shoe glass railing hardware in use in a bright home with wood floorsThis system features a heavy channel known as a base shoe. Created from high-grade 6063 T6 aluminum, the base shoe serves as the primary support structure for the glass panels. We have two kinds of base shoe systems; top-mount, which is mounted to the floor or structure, and facia-mount, which is attached to the fascia (the edge/end of the surface). Whether used for balconies, staircases, or terraces, base shoe glass railing systems provide a safe and stylish solution that enhances the overall aesthetic of any space.




Spigot Glass Railing Systems

piece of spigot glass railing hardware next to a photo of it in use with frosted glass panels

This system uses durable stainless steel spigots, or glass clamps, to hold the panels in place and provide stability and strength. Installation of spigot systems involves positioning the spigots along the designated railing area, securing them to the structure, and then inserting the glass panels into the spigots before securing. With fewer components and simplified assembly processes, spigot systems can be installed quickly and efficiently, saving both time and labor costs. This beautiful and secure system is the perfect choice for balconies, terraces, stairs, or pool fencing.


Baluster Glass Railing Systemsglass railing in a concrete stairwell

Also known as post mount, baluster railing systems are the most common and classic systems. Baluster systems feature evenly spaced vertical posts that support the glass panels on either side using clips. Installation of baluster or post mount systems involves securely mounting the balusters or posts to the floor or structure, ensuring stability and durability for the glass railing. These systems are simple to clean and maintain and are an excellent choice for pool surrounds, decks, balconies, and stairs.




Collage of photos depicting different glass railing hardware systems. Text on the side reads comparing standoff, spigot, base shoe, short post, & baluster systmes

Aesthetic Differences

When it comes to visual appeal, each railing hardware system offers distinct aesthetic advantages. Standoff systems provide a minimalist look, as the glass panels are mounted directly to the side of the stairs or balcony, creating a seamless and floating appearance. Spigot systems also have a modern appeal, with glass panels held by discreet, floor-mounted spigots that give a clean and uncluttered finish. Base shoe systems have a more substantial presence, with glass panels set into a continuous metal shoe, offering a sleek but prominent look. Short post systems combine traditional and contemporary styles, featuring shorter posts that provide a subtle framework for the glass panels, balancing visibility and structural support. Baluster systems, the most traditional of the group, consist of vertical posts or balusters that support the handrail, offering a classic and timeless appearance suitable for both traditional and transitional designs.

Functional Differences

Functionally, these systems vary significantly. Standoff systems are known for their strong support and are ideal for creating an unobstructed view, but they may require more precise installation techniques. Spigot systems are flexible and can be adjusted easily, making them a popular choice for DIY projects and renovations. Base shoe systems offer robust structural integrity and are excellent for high-traffic areas due to their sturdy construction. Short post systems provide a balance between aesthetics and function, offering sufficient support while maintaining a low-profile design. Post mount or baluster systems are highly versatile and can be customized with various materials and designs, providing robust support and a traditional feel. Each system’s structural features influence its application and ease of installation.

Suitability for Various Environments

Choosing the right system depends on the specific environment and requirements. For a modern, open-concept home or commercial space where unobstructed views are paramount, standoff or spigot systems are ideal. They enhance the sense of openness and are perfect for maximizing natural light. Base shoe systems are well-suited for environments requiring extra durability and safety, such as public buildings, commercial spaces, or high-traffic areas. Short post systems are versatile and can adapt to various settings, providing a balanced solution for both residential and commercial applications. Post mount or baluster systems are perfect for environments that seek a more traditional or classic aesthetic, such as historic buildings, residential homes, or settings where a more detailed and decorative look is desired. Each system’s suitability varies based on aesthetic preferences, functional needs, and specific environmental conditions.

entryway with wood accents, boho details and glass railings in nanaimo home

Choosing The Perfect Glass Railing System: Key Takeaways and Next Steps

To recap, each type of glass railing hardware system we offer at J.R.E. Hardware brings its own set of benefits:

  • Standoff Systems: Provide a sleek, minimalist look with panels that appear to float.
  • Short Post Systems: Offer unobstructed views and easy maintenance with a low-profile design.
  • Spigot Systems: Feature quick installation and a clean, modern aesthetic.
  • Base Shoe Systems: Deliver robust support and a prominent visual presence.
  • Baluster Systems: Combine classic appeal with strong structural integrity.

Choosing the right system is crucial to achieving the desired balance of style, safety, and functionality. Your selection should be based on the specific requirements of your environment and your personal preferences.

We invite you to explore the extensive range of glass railing solutions available at J.R.E. Hardware. Let us help you create a stunning and secure space with our high-quality glass railing systems. Contact us today for more information, visit our catalogue to start building your quote now, or pop by the showroom and chat about your project in person.


Introducing Our New Brass Bathroom Accessory Set

Introducing Our New Brass Bathroom Accessory Set

J.R.E. Hardware is excited to announce the newest addition to our product lineup – a stylish brass finished bathroom accessory set from our Kennedy line.

Offering classic design and durability, the Kennedy line is one of our most popular products and will help elevate the style of any space. Created from durable stainless steel and finished in a modern matte brass finish, this set includes a strong towel bar, a sleek toilet paper holder, a stylish hand towel holder, and a multi-purpose robe hook. This practical and easy to install set will offer a cohesive look throughout your washroom.

Our Brass Bathroom Accessory Set in use in the Comox Valley Mission Ridge project by Momentum Design Build.


Brass has seen a huge increase in popularity in the interior design world in the last few years.

Its warm and luxurious vibe adds a touch of elegance to any bathroom, whether it’s a cozy powder room or a grand primary bath. It can elevate the aesthetics of the entire room and add a sense of sophistication. Known for its timeless appeal, brass ensures lasting elegance in any setting. We use high-quality materials to ensure our products are durable, reliable, and able to stand up to daily bathroom use. Maintenance is a breeze, with only the occasional soft cloth cleaning needed to keep up their beautiful gleam.

With endless styling options, our brass-finished accessories allow you to tailor your bathroom to reflect your unique taste and style preferences. Consider pairing them with crisp white tiles and luxurious marble countertops for timeless appeal and classic elegance. For a bold statement with a touch of drama contrast the brass against dark-colored walls or rich wood finishes. If you’re feeling adventurous, mix in other metallic accents such as chrome or brushed nickel for an eclectic yet harmonious design.

Ready to transform your bathroom?

Now is the perfect time to upgrade with 25% off retail prices on all our bathroom accessory sets until the end of May 2024. We also have frameless mirrors, medicine cabinets, and matte black shower hardware all in stock to make your bathroom update a breeze.

Call now, send us an email, or visit our Vancouver Island showroom to get started today! And don’t forget to sign up for our newsletter for all the updates and sales information.

Elevate Your Space with JRE Hardware’s Frameless Glass Railings

Elevate Your Space with JRE Hardware’s Frameless Glass Railings

J.R.E. Hardware Inc., located in Nanaimo, B.C., Canada, is your premier supplier of high-quality frameless glass railings. Our innovative designs and superior craftsmanship make us the go-to choice for anyone looking to enhance their decks, patios, pool screens, staircases, or interior spaces. With our 2-inch standoffs, slimline base shoe, mini posts, or spigots, we offer a range of versatile options for mounting 12mm laminated glass panels. Let’s explore the numerous benefits and features of our railing systems, and discover why J.R.E. Hardware Inc. is the ultimate solution for all your railing needs.

  • Unparalleled Safety: Our frameless glass railings provide an exceptional level of safety without compromising the view. The strength and durability of our 2-inch standoffs, slimline base shoe, mini posts, and spigots ensure a secure and sturdy installation, giving you peace of mind while enjoying your space.
  • Sleek and Modern Aesthetic: By opting for frameless glass railings, you create an open and unobstructed view, allowing natural light to flood your living spaces. The minimalistic design of our railing systems adds a touch of elegance and modernity, seamlessly blending with any architectural style.
  • Versatility in Applications: Whether you need railings for decks, patios, pool screens, staircases, or interior spaces, our frameless glass railing systems are the perfect solution. The adaptability of our 2-inch standoffs, slimline base shoe, mini posts, and spigots ensures that you can achieve the desired aesthetic and functionality for any project.
  • Durability and Longevity: At J.R.E. Hardware Inc., we prioritize quality. Our railing systems are constructed with premium materials that can withstand the elements and remain in optimal condition for years to come. The 12mm laminated glass panels provide excellent resistance to impact, ensuring longevity and minimizing maintenance requirements.
  • Customization Options: We understand that every project is unique. That’s why we offer customization options to meet your specific requirements. From choosing the perfect mounting option to selecting the ideal finishes and styles, our team is dedicated to bringing your vision to life.
  • Easy Installation and Maintenance: Our frameless glass railing systems are designed for hassle-free installation. With our comprehensive installation guides and support, you can quickly and efficiently complete Railings-glass-and-showers-JRE-Hardware-Vancouver-Islandyour project. Additionally, our low-maintenance designs save you time and effort, allowing you to focus on enjoying your space rather than maintaining it.

Why Choose J.R.E. Hardware Inc. as Your Railing Supplier?

  • Exceptional Quality and Craftsmanship: J.R.E. Hardware Inc. is committed to delivering the highest quality products. Our railing systems undergo rigorous testing to ensure they meet industry standards, and our skilled craf
  • tsmen meticulously craft each component to perfection.
  • Extensive Product Range: We offer a wide selection of mounting options, finishes, and styles to cater to diverse customer needs. Whether you prefer the sleek look of standoffs, the minimalism of base shoe, or the elegance of mini posts and spigots, we have the perfect solution for you.
  • Competitive Pricing: We believe that top-quality railing systems should be accessible to all. J.R.E. Hardware Inc. offers competitive pricing without compromising on quality, making our products a cost-effective choice for your projects.
  • Exceptional Customer Service: Our dedicated team of professionals is committed to providing exceptional customer service. We strive to understand your specific requirements and offer tailored solutions, ensuring your experience with J.R.E. Hardware Inc. is seamless from start to finish.

When it comes to frameless glass railings, J.R.E. Hardware Inc. stands out as the leading supplier in Nanaimo, B.C., Canada. Our high-quality materials, innovative designs, and commitment to customer satisfaction make us the ideal choice for all your railing needs. Elevate your space and enjoy the safety, beauty, and durability of our frameless glass railing systems.

Contact J.R.E. Hardware Inc. today and let us help you transform your living spaces.