If your porch is more than 30" off the ground, building code dictates that some type of fall protection needs to be implemented. There are quite a few options available for this, below we show the most popular methods. Always consult your local building official as interpretations can vary by municipality.
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Sunspace Twin Cities offers stunning fall protection options that look amazing, provide great functionality, and keep you and your family safe. Check out our blog post on fall protection for more information.
For a porch that is less than 30" off the ground, you can have Sunspace Porch Windows from floor to ceiling without any type of guard rails or fall protection. The sliding panels can collapse down to the floor or be pushed up to the ceiling.
This style allows for 75% screen ventilation and the most open views.
Sunspace Porch Windows can be installed full height (floor to ceiling) to allow for 75% screen ventilation and use a traditional "picket" style of railing to provide for fall protection. The railing is most commonly installed inside of the windows but can be done on the outside as well. In this method, the window panels can drop down behind the railing, or be pushed up to the top.
Sunspace manufactures aluminum railings in colors to match the windows, and we can install them together on your porch project.
An aluminum deck railing can be installed within a full height Sunspace Vertical 4-Track porch window. This particular porch railing uses a piece of tempered glass as the infill instead of standard pickets used in the traditional railing. This provides a more open look and feel than having vertical lines of pickets.
Simply push the window panels from behind the railing all the way to the top or bottom of the window for 75% open screen—you’ll never have to stick your hands through the railing or bend down to operate the windows!
Sunspace Porch Windows can be installed with a fixed panel of tempered glass in the bottom 36" to provide for fall protection. The tempered glass panels do not open and the sliding window panels do not drop down below the 36" height. This results in some loss of ventilation, but does give a great look and open feeling.
When the view into your backyard is important, this is the most popular method. The tempered glass panels are manufactured with the same aluminum frames as the operable windows and carry the same lifetime warranty.
Instead of a railing, we can use a piece of frameless glass inside of the full height Sunspace Porch Window. Because it does not have the aluminum top rail, the tempered glass needs to be 3/8" thick for strength. The Sunspace panels drop down behind the glass like the other railing options but there is no top rail or framing to block your view.