Architectural glazing simply refers to any glass that is being used as a building material within a structure. It can be used both externally and internally to stunning effect, including windows, doors rooflights, canopies and curtain walls. Now a staple design feature of modern commercial buildings, bespoke glass is also a popular choice for the home as architects find innovative new ways to open up buildings.
Aluminum frames are the support of choice as their slimmer frame provides less obstruction than the bulkier options of uPVC and timber. More natural light can then flood into the building and the room will instantly feel more spacious. Architectural glazing is the perfect way to make the most of any views.
What Are The Potential Uses Of Architectural Glazing?
Glass Curtain Wall
One of the most obvious and frequent uses of architectural glazing is in curtain walls. A curtain wall is simply one that wraps around the main load-bearing structural wall. It is capable of supporting its own weight, with the metal frame filled with large glass panes. The architectural glazing helps to absorb any wind load, prevent sway, reduce fire spread and provide protection against air and water infiltration. Buildings with this glass curtain wall require less maintenance than those without. By adding a second layer to the building, energy efficiency noticeably improves.
External glass doors can either be used on their own or seamlessly integrated into a glass curtain wall. Modern aluminium frames are certainly strong enough to bear the weight of floor-to-ceiling glass door panes and the repeated stress of them being opened frequently.
To help protect anyone waiting outside your door from the elements, you could install a glass canopy. It could be a smaller single pane of glass just over the door or a larger structure that creates a protected walkway. For the safety of anyone stood beneath it during extreme weather, a glass canopy should use a strong form of safety glass.
Glass Box Extension
A popular choice for the home, glass box extensions are an alternative to conservatories. They rarely require planning permission and don’t need foundations. Thanks to the minimal amount of frame used, a glass box extension creates the perfect space for transitioning from house to garden. Sitting in a glass box extension, you have a perfect view of your outdoor space whilst being protected from the elements. In the height of summer, a glass box extension is the perfect place to enjoy the sun without getting burnt.
If you don’t have the space for expansive glass doors or a glass box extension, glass rooflights are an excellent alternative. By making use of your roof space, you can maximise the amount of natural light coming into your property. As well as increasing light levels, some types of glass rooflight can also be opened to improve ventilation or to access the roof. From an aesthetics point of view, a glass rooflight can either sit flush to the roof or protrude outwards to create a roof lantern.
Glass and Stainless can design and produce bespoke architectural glazing for a wide range of requirements, including all those listed above. Contact us today to discuss your specification.