Glazing, or `architectural glazing` in its broadest sense, is the action of installing full glass doors, with the glass element an integral feature of the property, i.e., it is the glazed element of any commercial building or home. 

Architectural glass is often a significant feature within commercial premises, retail units, and office blocks; however, more and more homeowners are now looking at this option to bring additional light into their homes, alongside a feeling of space and tranquillity in design. 

Of course, there are many types of glass, with clear glass typically the most commonly used. Other glass types include etched, textured, frosted, stained, and even painted glass if you require a high degree of privacy. 

Benefits of architectural glazing 

Whatever glass type you choose, opting for large areas of glass walling allows you to increase the amount of light into the property, letting the outside in and creating a sense of welcoming, uninterrupted space. 

Providing stunning views, these structures and design concepts provide more than just a door. 

Their modern appeal and contemporary look provide a timeless structure suitable for all décor and property types. 

The design and installation of architectural glass focus on creativity, reimagining tired and unused spaces, and making door architecture much more of a statement. 

We provide customers with a range of comprehensive, high-quality, first-class products.  

Bringing to you the best in glazing innovations.  

Innovations that offer you style, comfort, and security all rolled into one. 

Known for providing exceptional customer service and high-quality products, we’re proud to create the living and commercial space people require with architectural glazing solutions that work. 

Experts in architectural glass 

Working with commercial and residential customers, we provide glazing solutions ranging from architectural glass, structural glass, and frameless glass. 

We work with you, your specifications, and your budgets to design a concept that works perfectly. 

Supporting innovation and creativity, we work with fabricators, homeowners, commercial property developers, architects, and more to deliver first-class glazing architecture. 

It is key for you to engage your chosen glass company prior to construction starting. This not only helps avoid any unnecessary delays but also helps you to avoid additional costs. 

At Clear Living, we can help with the entire design process with our in-house 2D and 3D design and engineering capabilities. 

What is glazing in construction? 

When we talk about glazing in construction, this refers to the glass components of a building façade or internal surfaces, i.e.., the installation of glass within any structure, sash, or frame. 

Often these structures are bold and striking in their appearance, with their sheer walls of glass creating landmarks throughout towns and cities. 

Architectural glazing takes time, precision, and skill. Working with a professional installation team is vital for you to achieve the desired outcomes. 

Architectural glass 

As we’ve previously mentioned, there are various types of glass to choose from, suitable for commercial and residential properties. 

These various glass types include: 

Float glass – this is the base manufacturing glass of all glass panels where glass is designed and produced by floating molten glass on a bed of molten metal (tin), providing the material for many other forms of glass. Extremely smooth and distortion-free float glass is primarily for smaller windows in residential homes. 

Annealed glass – is the base glass once it is cut from the floating process mentioned above, i.e., when the glass cools from the floating process slowly, and in a controlled manner, it becomes annealed glass, with the sheets of glass becoming stronger due to the reduction of internal stress. Note: This type of glass is very rarely used in architectural glass due to the panel sizes. 

Toughened glass – toughened or tempered glass is up to five times stronger than regular glass. Used as a form of safety glass, if this type of glass did experience damage, the result would be the glass shattering into tiny pieces that look like pebbles and aren’t sharp to touch. Used in places prone to impact and damage, such as doorways, stairways, sliding doors, etc. 

Heat-strengthened glass – a highly durable type of glass, heat-strengthened glass is often used when additional strength is required to resist wind, pressure, and even thermal stress.  

When used across large building projects, it may still need to be laminated to prevent injuries if the glass were to potentially break. 

Laminated glass – two layers of glass are fused together using pressure and heat, with the middle consisting of PVB (polyvinyl butyral). (Note: other stronger interlayers such as tonoplast can also be used for external strength or when water resistance is required). 

With the right glazing system and right glass type, you can not only bring your vision for your property to life, but with the right glazing, you can save money on energy costs too. 

For further information on architectural glazing and for an architectural glazing company you can trust, call the team at Clear Living today. 

Call 01606 45109 

By Cathy