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Glass for facades

The fine art of first impressions

A glass facade for a commercial building or retail storefront should provide the best possible performance combined with the most appealing aesthetics. The variety of glass available for facades allows architects and designers to control every aspect of performance, from thermal and solar control to security, colour and the overall design statement of the building.

  • Curtain wall

    A curtain wall is a non-structural outer covering of a building. Since it is non-structural, it can be made of lightweight materials, helping thereby to reduce construction costs.

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  • Curved facades

    Curved glass, also referred to as bent glass, is glass that has been heated past its softening point and formed into a curved shape, either by annealed gravity bending, or by heat-treated (tempered or heat-strengthened) bending. In case of gravity bending, the softened glass is placed over or into a mould and cooled down slowly after the required shape is achieved.

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  • Vision glazing

    Vision glass is any type of glass that you can see through. Careful selection of the glass for vision areas is necessary to create a comfortable indoor environment for the building occupants.

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  • Spandrels

    Spandrel glass is the opaque glass that conceals structural building components such as columns, floors, HVAC systems, vents, electrical wiring and plumbing, preventing these from being visible from the exterior of the building. Curtain wall and structurally glazed designs often require the use of spandrel glass to achieve an architect’s vision of the finished project.

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  • Roofs and skylights

    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 create bright, inviting interiors.

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  • Balustrades

    Glass can be safely used for balustrades, railings and barriers in a building, bringing natural light into open spaces. Glass balustrades allow light to pass through, reducing the need for artificial lighting and providing a natural source of daylight. Glass balustrades and barriers add a stylish, open plan feel to an office or public building.

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  • Oversize glazing

    Guardian Glass has a long history of manufacturing jumbo coated glass around the world. Our jumbo coaters help glass accomplish everything standard glass does best—on a larger scale. Go jumbo to redefine the possibilities of construction, dissolve the boundaries to connection indoors and out, energize and enlighten interiors with natural light, and impress at first sight with larger than life designs.

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