One railing system that is rapidly growing in popularity is the use of glass panels, which fit perfectly with contemporary, modern homes. For these systems, glass or even stainless steel posts and balustrades support toughened glass panels, which combine beauty with a light, airy feel. Subtle use of frosting and textures can make these designs individual, and the modern glass is very resilient to breakage, adding to the longevity of glass railing systems.
The downside of glass rails is the expense, and they usually require specialist installation, unless you are a competent DIY fanatic. However, they are very easy to maintain and will last for a lifetime, great if you intend staying in your home for many, many years.