The world of architecture and design is never stagnant; new trends keep surfacing and this means builders and designers have more chances to get creative and experiment with various material and combinations. This adds to the aesthetics of the structures, and makes them more functional as well.
In the recent years, there has been a noticeable shift in the manner in which structural glass balustrade system is being used in architecture and design; and modern day structures have a large amount of glass features on their facades as well as the interior spaces.
What is structural glass?
This glass is put through a specialised manufacturing process which makes it suitable for various structural elements in a building; in some cases this type of glass can also be a load bearing feature. This glass is uniformly heated then then cooled very rapidly using strong jets of air. This cools, solidifies and contracts the outer layers first; and as the inner layers follow, they begin compressing the outer layers. The result is sheets of glass that are resilient and seven times stronger than basic untreated glass panels. Structural glass can also be laminated to make it shatter-proof.
Benefits of structural glass
#1 Can be used in place of traditional walls
Normal brick and mortar walls are strong and are generally used in most buildings. But modern architecture calls for more contemporary features and structural glass becomes the perfect solution. It adds an entirely different aesthetic to the structure whilst offering the durability and practicality you need in residential and commercial applications.
#2 Exterior and interior applications
These sheets of glass are suitable for indoor and outdoor applications based on your requirements. You can get structural glass installed in outdoor fencing and balustrade features as well as for indoor staircase and landing balustrades.
#3 Expansiveness and openness
Today, many property owners choose to get structural glass balustrades installed on their property rather than features made of brick, metal or vinyl. Modern interior design leans heavily on the open floor plan concept and glass balustrading fits in perfectly with it. The glass panels increase the perception of space and maximises views.
Installing frameless structural glass balustrades on terraces, balconies, verandas, patios and decks is one the best ways to enjoy your surroundings without the obstruction of materials such as metal and concrete. In fact, the glass also allows more natural light to stream into the indoor spaces and adds to the expansiveness of the interiors.
#4 Complements various styles
In addition to all these benefits, glass complements the look of traditional and modern spaces. Since it is transparent, it blends in well with the look and styling of all types of architecture and design. This means you don’t have to worry about your glass balustrade or fencing standing out like a sore thumb if it is installed as part of a landscape or interior upgrade.
When structural glass is used in balustrade and fencing elements, it provides support to the feature and very little hardware is required in the installation. This creates a very sleek structure which adds a clean design element to the property.
We at Quantum Frameless Glass can provide excellent, customised solutions for residential and commercial spaces. We work closely with you to understand what your preferences and ideas are and focus on providing solutions that fit in perfectly with your requirements and budget. For any more information about our glass balustrades, call us at this number – 1300 282 248. You can also contact us using this online form.
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Quantum Frameless Glass Team
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