4 Advantages of Glass Walls and Glass Balustrades
Glass has been used as a material for making tools and decorative objects for centuries, so it’s no surprise that it’s popular for glass balustrades.
The nineteenth-century saw the invention of equipment to manufacture sheet glass, making the production of window panes easy and fast. Today, glass is a feature in every home and commercial property, whether for windows, doors panes, canopies or balustrades.
The versatility and strength of glass means it can be used in many different environments, but the advantages of glass certainly don’t end there. Its architectural uses are both practical and aesthetic, but what other benefits are there to using glass in your domestic or commercial project?
Glass brings in the light
Glass is primarily used in windows to let light in to indoor spaces. Of course, the use of glass is not limited to windows and doors, but it is hard to argue that rooms and buildings without windows make for attractive, productive spaces. Using glass walls or large windows creates light and an illusion of space, which are key features of any architecture project.
Plenty of glass and space to see the outside world is appealing, especially if you’re located somewhere with beautiful views. Even if you’re not, large glass windows and doors bring the outside in. You can look over your garden or outside space and feel connected to it, even when the weather is less than enticing. If you use glass for outside fixtures such as balconies or terraces you can stay safe without feeling as though you’ve sacrificed your view for unappealing, light-blocking barriers.
Glass canopies provide shelter whilst filtering light, giving outside spaces an extension of the indoors without compromising the light quality. Another advantage of glass canopies is that they provide shade and keep the sun’s rays away from windows, meaning you’ll save on air conditioning costs during the summer months.
Using glass in windows is commonplace for a reason. We can see outside and invite natural light indoors, which is arguably much better for us than relying on lamps and overhead lighting. Increasing the natural light in your space has many health and wellbeing benefits, such as boosting concentration and keeping your circadian rhythms in check. Glass is also great at keeping the heat in, making your space comfortable and energy-efficient.
It is durable and flexible
Glass can seem fragile when we picture how easy it is to break a wine glass. However, with the right thickness, glass is extremely durable and holds up to elements where other materials falter. There are many advantages of glass when it’s used for windows, doors, balconies, or on staircases. Glass, especially double glazed types, let light in and keep the indoors warm, protecting us from the elements outside. Glass doors and balustrades can extend the light, airy feel brought by the use of windows in a space.
Using glass in outdoor spaces look fantastic and lasts longer than wood or metal. How many times have you stood on a balcony admiring the view, only to have it spoiled by unappealing fixtures? With glass, you can count on its sturdiness, resistance to wear and tear caused by rain or wind, and a light, easy to clean barrier that doesn’t interrupt your surroundings.
Glass is also safe and won’t crack under pressure, giving you the required security for staircases or outdoor spaces. It’ll last longer, too, and you won’t have to worry about replacing rusted metal or warped wood.
Durable and weather-resistant, glass is a long-term investment for many domestic and commercial projects with energy and money-saving prospects.
Glass is environmentally-friendly
The manufacturing of glass and other materials, although important industrial processes, aren’t going to be winning any awards for eco-friendliness. Glass itself, though, is far better for the environment once it’s been used and doesn’t degrade upon recycling, meaning it can be used time and again for different purposes. Reusable glass bottles, for example, are a great alternative to plastic and they look nicer, too.
The strength and durability of glass means that wherever you place it, it’s going to last. When its time comes, though, you can rest assured that it isn’t going straight to landfill to clutter up the earth. Instead, it will be broken down and made into something else. The same can’t be said for plastic or other materials. The longevity of glass is itself eco-friendly, as you’re likely to consume less by not having to replace it.
Glass has aesthetic benefits
We think of glass as transparent, letting in light and allowing us to see outside. It’s also extremely easy to customise and can lend itself to a whole host of designs.
Glass for the SHS frameless balustrades comes in different thicknesses and finishes. So you can be assured your product will work for you. Opaque or frosted glass allows for extra privacy whilst still letting light through, whereas clear laminate glass provides wide, enticing views of your outside space.
Glass is customisable in colour, shape, finish, and thickness making it a perfect decorative and practical addition to your property. You can use glass to add colour as a design feature without compromising on natural light, while also creating a statement aesthetic. The right glass fixture is contemporary, timeless, and elegant.
Enjoy the advantages of glass
It’s not hard to see the advantages of glass as an aesthetic and practical tool. It’s a great investment for indoor or outdoor projects, saving you money on your energy bills and needless restorations.