Glass roofs can introduce natural light into the core of a building
Using glass in a roof introduces natural light to the central areas of a building. Roof glazing allows more daylight into a building, providing energy savings and reducing the need for artificial lighting.
Roof glazing can safely be used throughout a building roof, reducing the need for artificial lighting, providing a natural source of daylight while still addressing solar and thermal insulation needs. By introducing natural daylight through the core of a building, glass roofs open up work and public spaces and create bright, inviting interiors.
Depending on the type of building, architects and designers need consider relevant international and/or local glazing standards relating to roof glazing . These typically address the various building types, classifying these into different load levels, providing guidance on maximum allowable deflections and stresses for overhead glazing. Therefore, the thickness of the glass and the integrity of the insulating glass unit must be considered. The Guardian Glass team and supplier partners are available to help you navigate these considerations.
The support system for the glass needs to be sufficient in order to prevent distortion under load. Unlike vertical glazing, loads caused by snow, maintenance, water and the ‘dead’ load (the self weight of the glass as a permanent load) need to be considered. If the glass roof forms part of an accessible area, it must be treated as a glass floor. Laminated safety glass is often recommended for roof glazing, although toughened glass is sufficient for some overhead glazing applications.
Guardian Glass offers a range of glass options for roof glazing, including solar control glass (Guardian SunGuard®) , clear or coloured laminated glass for safety and security (Guardian LamiGlass® and LamiGlass® Colour), clear laminated glass with an acoustic interlayer (Guardian LamiGlass® Sound Control) and decorative/coloured laminated safety glass (Guardian SatinDeco® LamiGlass Colour) to help keep a building warm and reduce heating and air conditioning costs.
Glass can safely be used in the roof of commercial buildings, allowing more daylight into the building and reducing the need for artificial lighting.
Our Roof Glazing Solutions
For roof glazing, Guardian Glass offers a range of Guardian SunGuard®coatings for thermal insulation and solar control ,clear or coloured laminated safety glass (Guardian LamiGlass®and LamiGlass®Colour), clear laminated glass with an acoustic interlayer (Guardian LamiGlass®Sound Control) and decorative/coloured laminated safety glass (Guardian SatinDeco®LamiGlass Colour).