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Different Types of Structural Glass Explained

Different Types of Structural Glass Explained

Structural glass from Natralight forms a crucial part of facade design. Over the years, structural glazing has evolved with many different systems now available.

For our latest blog, we are going to explain the different types you can choose from.

4 Main Structural Glass Systems 

Four-Sided Framed Glazing - In four-sided framed glazing the frame is fabricated on all four sides of the glass to support it. During the installation process, the horizontal and vertical support members are framed on the building. Glass is used as a transparent infill panel in this system.

Two-Sided Framed Glazing - In a two-sided framed glazing the support for glass is only on two sides which are either fabricated in the horizontal or in the vertical direction. The glazing is then fixed in the mullions.

Frameless Glazing - The frameless glazing gives a seamless look to the glass. It is fit together using different kinds of hardware like spider glass, which are used to tie the glass to the structure.

Glass Fin Glazing - Glass fins are vertical glass sheets that are used to enhance the strength of the glass facade. The glass sheet is placed in a perpendicular direction to the building facade which is then bonded to the building with special hardware and silicone sealants.

The sealants used for structural glass need to be strong, durable and resistant to ultraviolet radiation. They need to be neutral because of the changing weather conditions since the glass may get over-heated in the summer and could also lose heat in the winter.

Contact Us With Any Questions

If you are looking to add a structural glass roof or extension to your property, please do not hesitate to get in touch with Natralight. Our team of experts are always ready to discuss your requirements and answer all of your questions.

To get a better idea of some of our previous work, check out our Case Studies from properties across the country, including parts of London, even Westminster.