We’ve come a long way since those early days of small and practically opaque crown glass windows. Nowadays, glass is everywhere, in all manner of shapes and sizes. Advances in technology and manufacturing have led to the production of a far sturdier and more robust glass, commonly known as architectural glazing. Available in a variety of finishes, these large panes of glass have become an intrinsic part of modern architecture.
Architectural glass panes tend to be a considerable size and are frequently introduced as much for their aesthetic qualities as any practical purpose. A giant wall of glass certainly helps make a statement. Architectural glazing is frequently installed within a curtain wall where it doesn’t have a load-bearing role and is effectively a form of sophisticated cladding. This means that it can be used in large quantities on commercial buildings, such as wrapping around a skyscraper.
On residential properties, architectural glass is generally in used in smaller quantities in specific well-thought areas. For example, extensions to the rear of a property will often feature wall to wall glass. Generally, there is greater privacy at the rear of the property with views out across the garden, which can be easily accessed through sliding glass doors.
What is architectural glazing? The Materials and Finish
The framework in which the architectural glazing sits can be constructed from a wide range of materials, including aluminium, timber and uPVC. These frameworks can be built to accommodate the various thicknesses of glass available. In a commercial building insulating glass tends to be approximately 1 inch thick. Residential buildings generally use a thinner glass whilst buildings which require sound or temperature control can use a thicker one. Panels are pre-fabricated in a factory and so are fairly easy to install on site. The standard shape used is a rectangle but given the versatility of glass, you can specify any bespoke design.
Architectural glazing can be further divided into a whole range of glass types, each offering their own unique advantages. Using coloured glass can truly set your property apart from anything else, especially if you choose bold and vibrant colours. It works particularly well on balconies, canopies and other areas where a perfectly clear view isn’t required. Laminated glass boasts superior safety features, making it ideal for any space where human contact is likely e.g. windows and balustrades. For perfect clarity, low-iron glass doesn’t have the blue-green tint that can be found in large sections of glass.
Glass and Stainless can provide you with any of the above types of glass for commercial, residential or industrial use. Contact us today to discuss your requirements.