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Interior glass partitions have been around since the 1960s, when they were primarily used in modern office buildings. More recently, glass walls have become a common and popular fixture in schools, laboratories, hotel rooms and homes.
Glass walls demarcate spaces in the home without closing them off entirely from other areas to enhance the function of the living space and create a unified and modern look with clean lines and an open-air feel. In smaller rooms, glass walls open up the area to give a sense of space, while larger rooms can be divided into smaller sections without losing daylight or the sense of spaciousness in the room.
But glass walls aren’t just about the way a space looks. There are a number of environmental and health benefits to installing glass walls in your home.
First, glass walls don’t off-gas the volatile chemicals that traditional building materials emit from glues and other dangerous compounds associated with the manufacture of materials like wood products and drywall. Glass walls considerably improve the indoor air quality of a space.
Secondly, glass walls and their aluminum frames are made of recyclable materials to reduce waste. They’re portable and demountable, which allows you to the option of varying your approach to the indoor spaces in the home without starting from scratch.
Saving Energy With Glass Walls
Glass walls maximize the use of daylight to reduce the need for interior lighting. The energy savings can be considerable, especially if you’re replacing traditional walls that block or restrict sunlight. Natural sunlight flooding through the home can improve your overall mood and reduce eyestrain, as well as create a thriving environment for houseplants, which are proven to improve indoor air quality and respiratory health.
Unlike traditional walls, glass walls never need painting, which reduces the amount of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) in the home and saves money on home improvement projects. The glass and aluminum don’t require chemicals for cleaning and upkeep, further decreasing the presence of dangerous compounds in the home’s air.
The various configuration options for glass walls present the opportunity to create a highly functional living space. You can choose floor-to-ceiling walls or partial walls, with or without doors.
The wide variety of glass finishes provides a number of options for optimizing light, sound and privacy. Frosted or smoked glass creates a sense of privacy while allowing light to penetrate. Textured glass can add interest and a hint of privacy without completely closing off a space. A combination of glass finishes provide privacy and optimum light penetration. For example, frosted lower panels promote privacy, but clear upper panels allow maximum light and visually enlarge the space.
The glass used for interior walls ranges in thickness from three to five millimeters. For better acoustical control, thicker, laminated glass can be used instead of the thinner glass to provide a certain level of soundproofing, ideal for home office spaces or the den.
For more information about how glass walls can improve the function and beauty of your living space while reducing environmental impact, please feel free to contact us at CHC Glass & Mirror.