It’s funny, isn’t it, how our style choices and design ideas differ from application to application and with different product options? Even when considering the exact same materials, we may have completely different sets of preferences for each application. For example, thick and chunky frames with wide angle lenses seem to be all the rage these days in the optical industry. Hipsters and boffins alike are advocates of the trend lately, with every city in the UK filled with long beards and thick framed spectacles.
This, however, is in stark contrast to the architectural world; where thick-framed glass installations are a definite no-no! Structural glass allows a way for you to introduce a modern twist to your property and completely transform the look of your space. At the same time, high quality glass doors are also perfect for creating a bright and contemporary feel; permitting natural light to shine through your property.
Traditionally, glass doors have been fitted with thick, bulky frames which take up space and can look very unsightly. So what happens when super structural glass meets ultra-slim framed sliding doors?
Completely Clear Glass Vision
Slim framed or frameless sliding doors provide completely transparent views of your surroundings; creating a structure without the unsightly obstruction of a noticeable frame. This creates an open, spacious feel for your property and allows you to bring more light into the room. So you can enjoy your garden from the comfort of your home, or open up an office space for a truly open-plan effect.
To put it simply, if you’re looking for a way to break down the barrier between the inside and the outside, look no further than frameless glazing. This innovative glass technology does not impair your view and introduces a touch of modern panache to any property.
Wide Range of Applications
One of the primary features of frameless sliding glass doors is their adaptability to a wide range of applications. Patio doors are the most common application but they are also often used as interior doors to separate two rooms. Other possible applications for sliding glass doors include:
- Glass walls (office)
- Balcony doors
- Swimming pool enclosures
- Restaurant/café enclosures
Visit our projects page for more beautiful examples of sliding glass door installations and applications.
Leading Glass Structural Engineers
All of our products here at Glass Extensions have been designed in conjunction with leading structural engineers and they incorporate the latest in structural glass technology. Our products exceed all safety legislation guidelines and can withstand every extreme of the Great British weather.
With glass panes strong enough to walk on you can rest assured that maintenance and cleaning tasks are easy, safe and reliable. Here we make use of toughened glass for both panes of our double glazed units and these panes meet BS6206 Class A standards. Our structural sliding doors have sight lines of 17mm and heights of up to 4000mm; making them the architect’s choice when it comes to designing contemporary living environments.
Our system and products have been tested by Sandberg Consulting Engineers under British Fenestration Rating Council guidelines; allowing us to calculate the exact U value of any proposed structure. Typical regulations require U values to be a maximum of 2.2 W/mK, however Glass Extensions exceed this with an average value of 1.6 W/mK. Our silicone edge sealed units are Argon filled to achieve these values and thermal efficiency is achieved by optimising the type of low E coating and the edge details used.