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Structural glazing systems began in Europe roughly 25 years ago.

Structural Glazing

 

Structural glazing systems began in Europe roughly 25 years ago. This design style became more fashionable in the late 1990's when examples began to be seen in the United States. These days architects can expect more and more from glass in terms of its performance and its structural capabilities. Glass can now be cantilevered and structured in such a wide variety of configurations that designers can enjoy an almost unlimited freedom when working with glass.

 

This type of glazing these days is used extensively in the construction industry for corporate and commercial buildings like shops complexes and stadiums. This helps the building to remain durable and easy to maintain. It's no wonder therefore that they are in such high demand. As long as the structural glazing is made with care and precision, then buildings that incorporate this feature will enjoy many benefits, not least increased safety against air and water infiltration.

 

Structural glazing is designed to be extremely strong, so strong in fact that you can actually walk on it. The glass used can also be self-cleaning, meaning no smears or streaks on your office windows.

Another winning aspect of this type of glass is that it keeps the cold out of your building in winter and keeps excessive heat out in summer, reducing the need for excessive air conditioning costs. It is now becoming so popular that we are beginning to see structural glazing helping to create modern glass extensions to people's domestic residences.

 

This type of glazing system heavily relies on strong sealants. These not only act as a reliable seal against the weather but also they play an important role transferring the load from the glazing panel to the structural support system for the outer perimeter area. For this reason, Glasstec Systems will only use certain carefully chosen sealant formulations that we know to be suitable and fully compliant for this purpose.

 

The least amount of structure allows for the largest amount of transparency. Equally, in terms of cost, less is also definitely more. Fewer materials used means not only more transparency but also less cost, which in turn creates happier customers. To use a clichÈ, clearly ëless is more' when talking about structural glazing systems.

 

 

The glass used can also be self-cleaning, meaning no smears or streaks on your office windows.