If you are deeply immersed in the world of architecture or interior design, you know that the use of glass to amplify the impact of a space is a hot trend. In fact, glass is so popular right now glass box houses are even becoming popular. You may not want to take your designs that far quite yet, but if you are looking to add a new and exciting element to your designs, starting with a walkable glass floor is a great place to begin.
Are Glass Floors Safe?
One hesitation people tend to voice about the use of glass floors is safety. It is hard to believe that such a delicate looking surface can be strong enough to hold people, furniture, and more. GlassWalk™ Structural Glass flooring from GBA Products + Services is a load bearing glass floor that can hold 125 PSF. Moreover, GBA engineers glass flooring surfaces with frits to aid in slip-resistance, so in essence, glass flooring is as safe as any other type of floor, if not more safe.
Are Glass Floors Easy to Install?
As an architect or an interior designer, you might have another concern about structural glass flooring. If your design includes glass flooring, will the installation elongate your project time? Is installing structural glass surfaces as complicated as it sounds?
The good news if you work with GBA is that installing glass floors is actually quite easy. GlassWalk™ systems are intended for easy installation. GBA provides pre-cut silicone cushions that are set on each side of the grid opening prior to placing the glass panels. Once you have the perimeter set, install the spanners as needed, then install the structural glass floor panels. If you do not have the time or the budget to do this installation, GBA can also assist in this part of the process.
What Glass Flooring Brings to a Space
If you think that a walkable glass floor or a glass staircase can entirely change the complexion of a space, you are correct. Glass floors particularly excel at bringing more light into a space. A glass staircase lit with LED lights and accentuated by decorative frits truly can take your breath away. Glass can be used to highlight showcase areas as well. For example, a walkable glass floor can allow visitors to peer down into a wine cellar or a beautiful garden. The only limitation, truly, is the designer or architect’s imagination.
You do not have to design an all-glass house to make a statement. Adding a glass floor, a glass staircase, or glass pavers can add a magical element that is difficult to achieve in any other way. Installation is not an obstacle, and safety is not a concern, especially if you work with GBA Products + Services. Contact them today to learn more.
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