FAQ – What is structural glazing?

Structural glazing is when glass is used as a load-bearing element (or for similar purposes) instead of a traditional wall.

It is larger, thicker and tougher than standard glass and is fixed to a building without the need for additional supports. It means glazing can be used in increasingly innovative ways, such as; for walk-on floors, partitions, gable end walls and even entire extension structures.

The advantages of structural glazing

As well as providing bespoke aesthetic, structural glazing allows for unobtrusive views and aids the connectivity between home and garden. Yet its greatest benefit is its ability to enhance interior light. By replacing walls with glass components, you automatically increase your home’s exposure to sunlight.

The disadvantages

Structural glazing can be expensive – especially if specified in large sheets.

As well as budget considerations, access will need to be accessed. If access to the site is difficult, this may restrict the size of the panel that can be delivered and therefore installed. It is also important that structural glazing is well planned out at design stage to ensure the temperature in the property can be regulated avoiding the green house effect, where by it is hot in the summer and cold in the winter.

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