Constructing a home (or adding on to an existing one) allows you to take advantage of a number of different building materials. You’ll find wood, stone, steel and aluminium all available. However, you might be missing out on one of the best options possible – glass. Glass offers a number of benefits for home construction and can be used in myriad different ways. What should you know about this underused building material?
One of the fears about building with glass has always been in the area of protection – protection from heat, from sunlight and from sound. However, modern glass can be glazed to offer immense protection from all of these forces. With the right glazing techniques and technology, you don’t even have to worry that heat or cold will transfer through the glass and make your home uncomfortable.
More Than Mere Windows
When most homeowners think of using glass in the construction process, windows are the first things that leap to mind. However, glass can be much more than a simple, traditional window. Entire walls of glass, using floor-to-ceiling panels, can be created quite easily. They offer immense beauty and can allow far more light into a room than would otherwise be possible.
Strength and Resilience
Glass is not generally thought of as being strong or sturdy. Glass is a fragile thing, or so we have been taught by experience. However, this is changing. Modern structural glass can rival the strength of steel. In addition, there is no need to worry about it rotting, discolouring from exposure to the elements, or needing to be repainted or refinished every few years. Glass truly is a beautiful element that can bring homeowners a range of benefits.
Increasingly, glass is being used more and more heavily in new construction and renovation. Of course, the most visible part of this move is in commercial construction – office buildings and the like. However, homeowners can also take advantage of this unique building material. Whether you want to enjoy better lighting, focus on the views around your property or simply enjoy the clean elegance afforded by this material, there are few better options on the market.
Of course, not all construction professionals are versed in glass construction options. If you find this choice appealing, it is in your best interest to find a contractor who knows the world of modern glass construction quite well.