Laminated Glass Floor Systems – Benefits & Uses
If you’re looking to create a buzz around the interior design of your building project and want a functional way to move light through various floors (or levels) of a space a laminated glass floor system may be the answer. Learn below the top benefits of these flooring systems and where they are frequently used.
- Move light through various levels of a building or residence– Increasing light transmission in lower level spaces can be very important whether you’re in a mall (where the lower floor tenants want people to be able to see their window displays and not feel like they are in a dark space) a museum or private residence. Glass floors can be used to move this light in both a functional and decorative way.
- Add the wow factor to an interior or exterior design – How cool is it to walk over a glass floor or stair tread that appears to be floating in space? These systems make a dramatic design statement in most any type of building.
- Engineered to fit an exact need or style – Glass paver floors are certainly not generic off the shelf items. An architect or designer can specify the shape of the laminated glass flooring sections, whether the glass panels are transparent or translucent and even put custom patterns in their projects.
- Different surrounding materials can be used– Whether you’re doing a glass walkway or bridge you have flexibility on the materials that will surround your glass floor (most common surrounding materials include wood, tile, stone or concrete floors).
- Easy to install or replace – The challenge with old glass floors tended to be the difficulty of replacing the glass sections (which were usually embedded into a supporting concrete system) and installing the heavy systems. With the introduction of the new aluminum grid systems the floor is prefabricated into modular sections and the floor panels can be individually replaced.
The most common places where these flooring systems are used is for bridges, walkways and staircases. They are seen in medical centers, contemporary homes, civic centers, schools, hospitals, universities, malls and shopping centers.
Do you have any questions or input about structural laminated glass floor systems? Please comment below.
If you need more information about the design, supply or installation of these floors visit Columbus Glass Block (nationwide at 877-668-5888 or 614-252-5888), Cleveland Glass Block (216-531-6363), or Mid America Glass Block (513-742-5900) of Cincinnati or Dayton. These companies are divisions of Innovate Building Solutions.
Olivia – yes – glass stair treads can be used in a spiral staircase and give a modern minimalist and industrial vibe to a home or a business. I’m glad you like them. Mike
I saw upstairs glass walkways in an old public library building in Parkersburg, WV. I thought they were so unique and cool. It makes sense that they were in a West Virginia building because there used to be so many glass factories in the state.
I love using glass with metal and wood, as it lends an industrial vibe to an area. Also love the idea of glass stair treads to increase the feeling of height between the floors. Glass treads would highlight decorative metal handrails and permit light to flow down from upstairs. I wonder if glass treads could be used in a spiral staircase.
Using metal and wood tables and chairs in a room with structural glass would be so clean and modern. I am glad to see structural glass coming back