Advantages of Glass Curtain Wall Systems

A curtain wall system is the cover for the exterior of the building, on top of the wall. This is a non-structural element which is affixed later so that the weather can not damage the exterior wall and the occupants of the house can find comfort. If the construction materials are selected properly, it can reduce the overall construction cost as lightweight materials can be used.

Glass is one of the most popular material for this purpose and glass curtain wall systems can be seen everywhere. There are other materials involved, such as metal panels, operable windows, stone veneers, louvres and other fittings. There are some fancy glass curtain systems which are made of glass only and are hold together by stainless steel frames and fittings.

When compared against other materials, glass certainly has some advantages.Lighting: This is the best feature for having glass curtain walling. It allows the natural light to come in so the electricity bill is low and the inside of the house looks fresh and well ventilated.

No artificial lighting is needed during the day time and the interior of the house displays true colours and it is pleasant for the eyes as well.View: The outdoor view is amazing when you are using glass walling system as you get a panoramic view of the outside. Whenever you want to take a break from work and want to relax, you need to just look outside and get a great view.

You feel more energised and instantly recharged and working becomes a pleasant experience.Energy Saving: The glass walling generally has Aluminium fixture which provides an air tight system. This provides great comfort from the external weather.

During the summer, the hot air is kept out while during the winters the warm air inside doesn't escape. Both of these leads to energy saving as the air conditioner or the central heater doesn't need to work all the time. When you add the energy saved from allowing natural light in, the cost saving is nothing but great.

Waterproof: The glass panels are installed using a sealant which makes the barrier resistant against moisture which means that the water can not sip inside the building during rain. That means the building has a much lower maintenance cost and the glass wall can provide great relief to your walls as well. The glass panel is also resistant to corrosion.

·RELATED QUESTION

What is a curtain wall?

A curtain wall is usually composed of glass panels divided by grids into many panels and are separated by mullions and transoms. Mullions are the vertical separations and transoms are the horizontal separations. However there are many combinations of curtain walls. Sometimes a single panel is considered a curtain wall. This is usually supported with spider system or with cables. Other times the panels are separated by grids without mullions and transoms.

Note that some or all panels may be replaced with solid panels (wood, aluminum, stone, empty, ...). This is still a curtain wall. Basically it's a wall but composed of thin elements as opposed to thick block walls, gypsum walls, etc ...

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