If you are planning a refurbishment or adding a glass floor to a new build, the value and heightened style which it will bring to the property can be immense. Furthermore, a commitment to greater functionality — i.e. installing flooring which doubles as ventilation or an entry point — no longer has to come at the expense of aesthetics.
Whether your glass floor is double or triple glazed, it can be a secure and stable design option capable of delivering effective insulation at the same time as maximising the natural light flowing through a property and its attendant benefits. Property owners and developers alike, as well as those working in construction, will have the best chance of alighting on the ideal design solution if they are aware of all the latest developments in custom glass flooring.
Fixed or opening?
When choosing a glass floor, it is vital to have the effects you want to achieve at the heart of the decision-making process, as the influence which a glass floor can have over a homespace is profound.
From providing an otherwise closed-off space with ventilation, to erecting a mesmerising partition between two areas, the scope for increasing the versatility of a space and altering its atmosphere with an opening glass floor is great. As the systems which form the mechanism of an opening floor are increasing in sophistication, this potential grows, meaning they can be operated by anybody with ease.
However, an opening glass floor is not appropriate for every property or project. Some clients simply want to increase the flow of light within a particular area, and have no need of extra ventilation, or any desire for the floor to enable passage from one area to another.
When clarity — or translucency, (or indeed switchability, an innovation which it is possible to combine with nearly all our glazing installations) — is the only intended outcome, a fixed, paneled glass floor is the obvious choice, as its aesthetic charms are unparalleled.
One panel or more? Fixed glass floors
The number of panels you choose to include in a fixed glass floor depends on the scale of the project and the complexity of the effects you intend your glazed installation to achieve.
One panel glass floors
For designs intended to accentuate a particular area of a property, i.e. allowing a view into a prized wine cellar, or enabling natural light to flow between two levels, a fixed one-panel floor is a simple, polished, and effective means of achieving these aims. Furthermore, with the size and strength of the glass alterable to suit your needs, the range of aims which can be achieved with the installation of a single panel glass floor solution is massive; even encompassing bearing the weight of a car in an ultra-stylish, modern garage.
Multi-panel glass floors
Whether panels are joined together with clear silicone joints for an almost seamless effect or supported by aluminium, steel or even glass beams, fixed multi-panel floors can have a huge impact on a property. Large spaces can be covered, and the use of multiple panels means this can be achieved without the use of a crane, lowering installation costs.
Furthermore, with comfort insulation and a wide variety of films and coatings available to ensure a consistent temperature is maintained by working with solar gain, flooring a significant area of the property with multiple-glass panels no longer means elevated heating costs or discomfort in the warmer summer months.
Open up: retractable glass floors
There’s no glass ceiling to the visual and functional impact that a glass floor can have, except in the sense there are many different options open to you should you want your glass floor to serve a dual purpose, such as acting as a glass roof, or an access point which facilitates movement around the property.
The kind of opening glass floor you choose will depend on whether you want to ventilate the surrounding space, increase ease of access to it, or achieve both of these effects simultaneously.
Pop-up glass floors
Ventilation at the push of a button or the swipe of a screen can be delivered by an opening pop-up floor. This cutting-edge glazing innovation can be raised by up to 100 mm, making an attractive platform which varies the landscape of an area. The linkability of your floor to home automation systems, timers, smoke sensors, rain detectors and more means that this sensitive design feature can deliver far more than ventilation: responsive curation of your living environment, tailored for your unique needs.
Now that a sliding floor can be motorised and integrated into a home automation system, its benefits can be accessed without the need to factor in any physical exertion. Controllable through a wall panel, remote, or the swipe of a screen, installing a sliding glass floor can open up new vistas in terms of how you access and enjoy a living space. Linking the interior to the exterior for increased connection with nature, or enabling greater connectivity between traditionally separate elements of the home has never been easier, or looked so good.
With the hinged section of the panel design doubling as a balustrade, this multi-functional form of glass floor solution also prevents anything or anyone falling into the open space, making a hinged floor especially ideal from a safety perspective. While smaller opening hinged floors can be easily operated by hand, a range of motorisation options are available, meaning that size is no object where this design option is concerned. As with all our glazing solutions, a hinged floor can be treated with slip-resistance technology, making this an especially suitable for letting the light and air into bathrooms and kitchens, and infinitely improving the ambience they contain.
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Whether you have fixed ideas about the kinds of effects you are aiming for or you’re open to suggestions, our architectural glazing experts would be delighted to talk through your glazing options, and the materials and installation techniques which can be used to realise your design dreams. Get in touch.