Specifying Interior Glass
Glass provides a low maintenance, hardwearing, value for money solution as an interior surface material, offering a wealth of options - from partitioning to cladding, it can be used to make a statement or provide a neutral backdrop.
To aid you in specifying glass we have put together a simple guide which we hope will provide you with some key initial questions and areas to think about:
What is the product being used for? A glass splash back that goes behind a hob will vary from glass required for a shower screen in thickness and finish - the site of the glass and it's weight are key to making sure that the product adheres or has the correct fixtures and fittings to support it. Cladding applications are generally 4mm and 6mm glass, whereas partitions are 8mm upwards, breakfast bars and work surfaces are thicker still.
What environment is the product being used in? If the environment is a changing room, the products we recommend and how they are fitted will vary from those in an office environment. If you use ceramic painted glass in a wet room environment, the seals and joints required will differ from a water-based back painted glass.
What size panels are possible? Panels are limited not just to the size of the glass sheet they are cut from, they are also limited by access and cut outs. If the glass is going into a plot in a residential block, the hoist, lift or stairwell can affect the size of the panel, and the number and size of cut outs should be no more than one third of the overall size of the glass.
Where will the panels join? The joint positions are important when it comes to things like returns and worktop joint continuation. This is especially important when artwork is involved as manufacturing tolerances need to be taken into account. Thinking about this in advance means that panel sizes can be defined early on.
How will the panels join? For glass cladding joints are normally abutted, but can require a passing or mitred joint if there is boxing required. Additionally the silicone used to seal the glass can also affect the look of a joint or shadow gap. If you are sing a patterned product the joints need to work with the artwork and the panel sizes.
Are there cut outs? Cut outs have many uses in glass - lift controls, sockets, light switches, shower units; the position of the cut out is affected by the thickness of the glass, but can also be affected by the location of joints.
What aftercare will the glass require? Is it in a high traffic area and will it require daily cleaning?
In general glass requires very little in the way of maintenance, a surface clean will normally suffice and the procedures and recommended products are simple and easy to come by. It's products which have surface designs to the face of the glass or are laminated where extra cleaning or precautions may be required.
A satin / acid or sandblasted finished glass will show grease and finger-marks and will require more cleaning, making them a more labour intensive option for aftercare than other products. A coating can be applied to glass to help repel grease and dust and to facilitate easier cleaning.
A laminate used in a hospitality environment needs to ensure that any edges which are exposed are not subject to chemical cleaners which may cause the interlayer to delaminate.
What happens when glass breaks?
Glass in its basic form is a brittle, fragile substance - for interior use it should be toughened, laminated or safety backed wherever possible for strength, integrity and safety. Our Gx Design Range has been created to cater to the needs of today’s interior applications, as well as being accredited to British and European standards for strength and flexibility.
What is the environmental impact of the glass? The core European glass manufacturers which Gx Glass use for their glass take the environmental impact of their manufacturing processes very seriously. To follow on from that Gx Glass is working on its carbon footprint and has taken into account the environmental impact of our paints which is why ColourX and MagnX are painted with a water based range as standard, making it environmentally friendly with very low VOC levels. It has also been extensively tested for both adhesion and longevity and is fully recyclable at the end of its life.
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