In the past, glass was both brittle and lacked insulating value. Installing glass walls in a home wasn’t a thought on anyone’s mind because the material wasn’t up to the job. Today, glass walls can actually improve energy efficiency in a home and they are far stronger than drywall or even plaster. In fact, glass may be the perfect solution that you haven’t yet discovered. Here are just a few of the benefits of using glass.
In small places, glass can go a long way toward making a room feel larger and toward reducing the sensation that family members are stepping all over each other. For instance, rather than a solid wall separating the staircase from the rest of the room, you could use glass. It is safe and effective and gives the illusion that the room is larger than it is. Glass walls are particularly effective in rooms with low ceilings.
The ultimate use of glass in enlarging rooms is when it is used on exterior walls. The transformation can be dramatic because it not only feels like the room extends farther than it does, but the increased light will add to the illusion of size. Exterior glass walls can even be manufactured to fold so that you can truly merge indoor and outdoor spaces.
Believe it not, glass partitions and walls can be very affordable. In fact, glass walls are sometimes more affordable than walls made of more convention materials. Modern design, manufacturing, and installation processes have made it easy and fast to go from a blank palette to a finished glass wall. Simple connectors and modular designs take care of installation in a fraction of the time it would take to put up other material.
Glass walls can allow sunlight to penetrate deep into the interiors of a house, providing warmth and energy. With blinds in place, or electrochromic glass (a.k.a. dynamic glass) that darkens with the application of electrical current, it is easy to control the amount of sunlight entering your home and thus the amount of heat it absorbs. If carefully controlled, glass walls can improve the energy efficiency of your home and even make it easier for plants to thrive and provide clean oxygen.
Decorating with Glass
If you do choose to go with glass in your home, remember that it is an accent and should be used strategically to improve lighting, enhance feelings of space, and create visual appeal. Done right, glass can make your home feel warm and comfortable in any weather and at any time of year.