Frameless glass is becoming increasingly popular in office buildings and modern residential homes. In addition to having a stylish and minimalistic look, it also offers a number of practical benefits. It could be used as shower screens, balustrades, sliding doors or partitions.
If you’re looking for a way to renovate your residential property or your place of business, frameless glass could be the answer to all your design problems.
To help you decide if they’re right for you, we’ve listed five reasons you should use frameless glass.
Not all glass types are made equal. Tempered glass, for example, has a tensile strength of 69 MPa (10,000 pounds per square inch). This is five to ten times stronger than standard annealed glass. Additionally, when it does break, it shatters in small granular pieces as opposed to sharp fragments. This makes them relatively safe around pets and children.
The strength and durability of tempered glass makes it suitable for entry points. If you have glass sliding doors, it will be very difficult for someone to break through them. Tempered glass can also withstand the elements. So, if you live in an area with extreme weather conditions, you can be assured that your outside balustrades won’t break during heavy storms or strong winds.
Some homeowners might be concerned that the lack of a frame might result in less support. However, most frameless glass systems use discreet mounts on the top, bottom and sides of the panels. This makes them harder to pull off and allows you to lock certain panels into place.
- Function flexibility
Open-plan offices are great for collaborations. They’re better for in-person communication and are more conducive to creative thinking. However, there are going to be times when you need a little privacy.
With frameless glass, you’ll be able to create a separate room while completely retaining that open-plan atmosphere. This way, workers can have their own space to take phone calls, write up emails and practice presentations. Laminated glass in particular offers good soundproofing qualities.
If you don’t want to permanently segment your office space, you can modify the partition so that the glass acts as a bi-fold door. This way, you merge or separate the two spaces whenever you want.
- Natural light flow
Whether you’re at home or at the office, you will need some exposure to natural light. Some artificial lights emit unfiltered UV and infrared radiation that can cause various health problems. Additionally, getting exposed to bright lights at the wrong time can also disrupt our circadian rhythms, affecting our sleep patterns.
Needless to say, the flow of natural sunlight becomes essential in creating a healthy working environment. Exposure to natural light can boost our moods and regulate our circadian rhythms. We also get most of the vitamin D that we need from sunlight.
With frameless glass systems, you will be able to maximise the amount of natural light that enters your office (or residential property). You won’t have window panes that obscure your view or door screens that block the light. Frameless glass will also increase visibility in the office. This, in turn, can improve productivity and workplace safety.
- Easy to clean and maintain
With smooth frameless glass systems, you won’t have to worry about scrubbing crevices and erasing stubborn stains. To clean them, you just need a squeegee, some water and some mild soap.
Also, glass takes a very long time to break down. In fact, the general number is said to be 1 million years. Metal, on the other hand, will begin to corrode over time as it gets exposed to chemicals and contaminants. Meanwhile, wood is vulnerable to termites and moisture damage. Additionally, both metal and wood are often painted. This layer of paint can peel and flake when exposed to physical stresses. With glass, you don’t have to spend money on repainting tools and/or services.
- Aesthetic appeal
Its simplicity goes well with the modern minimalistic homes that we often see today. The best part is, it’s aesthetic is so simple and versatile that it can also fit plenty of other home designs.
Because it’s unobstructive, you can also use it to highlight other parts of your property. If you live in a home that’s surrounded by natural features like trees and beaches, glass partitions can help you showcase your view. If you live in a concrete jungle, frameless glass will give you an unfiltered view of the cityscape.
If you’re weighing out your renovation options, hopefully this gives you a little bit more clarity. Frameless glass systems are great for both residential and commercial spaces. They’re durable, functional and, best of all, they look stunning in any property.