How is glass used in the home? It can be used for glazing windows, construction of skylights, dividers, shower cubicles, conservatories and other features. A living area or workspace is brightened up with an abundance of natural light by clear glazing in windows. Sunlight is a natural mood enhancer and is far more effective in improving the efficiency light in the home or office.
Glass once had only limited use in construction as it was considered too fragile and brittle. With modern reinforced and strengthened glazing readily available, its application in construction has increased in use and also in design.
Advantages of using glass in construction include:
1. It adds to the facade of a building
2. It is useful for ornamental and decorative purposes both for interiors and exteriors of buildings
3. It helps in space efficiencies
4. It performs the purposes of heat retention, lighting and energy saving
5. It conveys a sense of openness, harmony and spaciousness
6. It is a versatile material that can be used for glass railings and design features like dividers and cubicles
7. It saves on air conditioning costs as glazed windows are bad conductors of heat
8. It is lightweight and a designer’s dream material
Disadvantages of using glass in your home or office high rise:
1. It is costly and may increase construction costs
2. Not advised for use in earthquake prone areas
3. High maintenance costs
4. Security concerns
Kitchens and bathrooms can be furnished with glazed counters or shower cubicles that are easy to clean and give a very modern and hygienic look to the space. Other areas that use extensive glazing are garden conservatories and sunrooms.
When you are remodeling and want to improve your home, you can consider installing features made of glass. Ft Worth home owners can visit local glass companies for a variety of home utility fittings.