Why Should I Choose Structural Glass?
While structural glass might be second nature to anyone working at Natralight, you may not be fully aware of its many benefits.
This is why we have put together this comprehensive guide which explains what structural glazing, its origins, where it can be used and why it’s such a crucial part of modern design.
What is Structural Glazing?
Structural glazing is a term used to describe glass which is integral to the design of a building. It involves large glass panels, which usually bear some weight in the structure. Structural glass can be used to create stunning and large-scale glass installations with minimal obstruction.
There are a number of ways structural glazing can be implemented in a design, but given the advances in glazing technology, it can be used in almost any scenario.
It can bear weight both horizontally and vertically, plus it can be bonded using everything from minimal glass beams and supports to heavy-duty steel struts helping to make any aesthetic a reality. This includes completely frameless sliding glass doors to load-bearing high-strength glass floors.
The History of Structural Glass
Glass has been a prominent feature in British architecture since the late medieval era, whereas structural glass is a far more modern phenomenon made possible by advances in glass technology and building techniques.
The earliest examples of structural glazing was during the early 1900s with glass blocks used to bring more light into industrial spaces.
Within the last few decades, toughened or tempered glass has been used more and more in frameless glass features, such as staircases, doors plus load-bearing floors and walls.
Where Can I Use Structural Glazing?
Structural glazing can be used in personal homes in a number of architecturally innovative and visually compelling ways.
Glass extensions are becoming more popular as a method of increasing space and natural light without the frames and the limited structural possibilities you would associate with a traditional conservatory.
Strengthened, laminated glass can also be used in floors, roofs and frameless glass walls creating an open, light atmosphere for internal spaces whilst providing shelter.
Talk to Natralight About Structural Glazing
If you have any questions about structural glass, get in touch with Natralight today.