What are glass partition walls?
Glass partition walls are non-weight bearing walls comprised of metal track and glass. Glass walls serve to divide spaces and create privacy without solid walls, such as brick or plasterboard walls. Usually, the metal track is made of aluminium and available in a variety of finishes as well as colours (for more information, see "How to choose glazing track colours"). Glass partitions can be manufactured and specified to meet most needs, including privacy, fire-rated and acoustic requirements.
Glass office partition film (Manifestation)
If you need help in deciding what glass partition walls to install or a free quote, call +44 (0)208 947 8428 (office hours are Monday to Friday 9 am to 5 pm), or write to us using our online contact form.
What type of glass is used in partitioning?
The most common type of glass used in the glass partitioning industry is toughened glass, also commonly referred to as safety glass. This glass is taken through a heating process to toughened it making it four to five times stronger and more durable than annealed glass. When a toughened glass panel is broken, it should break into small bits, rather than large sharp shards.
Other common types of glass used in partitioning:
Laminate glass for additional safety and increased acoustic resistance
Ceramic or fire-rated glass
Specialist glass, like tinted glass and privacy switchable smart glass
For more information on different glass types, see: "What is the difference between Float Glass, Toughened Glass and Laminate Glass?"
Why use glass partitions?
There are many good reasons to use glass partitions in offices as well as homes, glass partitioning:
Improves space and light
Solid walls can block light and reduce the sense of space. Glass, however, due to its' clear, transparent quality allows for the free flow of light and will not make a room look small or tight.
Improves the functionality of a space
There is a wide range of options available, meaning that your space can be functional as well as beautiful. There are glass partition systems specifically manufactured to reduce noise levels, increase privacy and offer a level of protection in a fire (fire-rated or ceramic glass).
Makes a space look beautiful or elegant
Glass walls are not heavy on the eye and virtually conspicuous. Glass doors and track can be purchased in various styles and colours. You can also add custom film or frosting to glass partitions to suit any interior design and taste.
A level of noise reduction is possible when using acoustic glass and double glazed partition systems. You can also opt for switchable privacy smart glass, this opaque glass becomes transparent or opaque at the flick of a switch - ideal for bedrooms and meeting rooms.
Reduces costs and maintenance
Glass partitions in offices can often be re-used by deglazing, adjusting and moving glass screens. They can also be installed from scratch relatively quickly. Once installed, glass partition walls require little maintenance. Glass can be wiped clean, and if needed, panels can be replaced with relative ease - unlike traditional walls that will require repainting when dirty or re-plastering when damaged.
You may also find our blog guide "5 reasons to install glass partitioning in your workspace" of interest.
Above: Single glazed glass partition installed by Prism Glass.
What is the difference between single glazed partitions and double glazed partitions?
Single-glazed walls are comprised of a single layer of glass. Most single glazed partitions are frameless (glass panels are separated by clear joints, as opposed to aluminium mullions) and can have a minimal look; this may offer a more aesthetically pleasing appeal and a contemporary feel.
Double glazed walls and double glazed doors are comprised of two layers of glass. Depending on the partition system used, the glass panels can be framed or frameless. Double glazed walls are normally used where sound reduction and privacy are of importance. Some double glazed frame systems allow for internal blinds (installed between two layers of glass) which can provide additional privacy.
Above: Switchable privacy smart glass for Red Bull Racing (Milton Keynes).
How much do glass partition walls cost?
This will largely depend on the size and specification of the glass walls. Double glazed partitions are more expensive than single. You also need to take into account installation costs (not just the materials). Doors are another element that will have a significant impact on glass partition cost.
As a very rough guide 11.5 m2 (which is approximately 4.8 linear metre glass wall with a 2.4m height) of single glaze partitions with a glass door leaf can cost about £275 per m2 (excluding VAT). For more guidance on glass wall costs, please see: Part 1: Glass Partitioning Cost Guide - Materials and Part 2: Glass Partitions Cost Guide - Installation Costs.
Please note that we price up each job individually (following a site survey and based on your requirements). If you would like to discuss your project and get an estimate please contact us today.
Which are the best internal glass doors to use?
This depends on what you want to achieve with your glass partitioning project and your budget. For example, if privacy and noise reduction is essential to you, you may want to consider double glazed doors with acoustic reduction. However, if you're going to reduce costs, single glazed doors (or door leaves) may be the best option for you.
Once you have decided on what is important to you, speak to an experienced internal glass partitioning company on glass door options available to suit your needs. For more information on interior glass doors see: "Choosing the right glass partition doors for your office".
Glass office partition film (Manifestation)
To comply with Building Regulations glass partitions in offices must have film or manifestation. Glass manifestation must be visible with enough contrast to be seen both from inside and outside in all lighting conditions. It should be present on two levels: 850 to 1,000 mm and 1,400 to 1,600 mm. Film on glass walls can be as simple as standard DDA dots or squares, or it can be a complex design; or even company logos or branding.
Above: Bank of Canada office glass walls with manifestation and double glazed doors.
Can I buy glass partition walls for home or domestic use?
Glass walls are becoming increasingly popular, not just as office partitions, but also for home. Glass partition walls for home are handy for dividing spaces without blocking light while keeping a space adaptable. Whether you are looking for a minimal look or an industrial look using grid-style partitioning, there are so many styles to choose from. Glass partitions can be installed in large open rooms, corridors, en-suite bathrooms and more. In clear open areas, glass partitioning can be put up with minimal fuss and mess. However, where any structural work is required, you must arrange a site survey by an engineer before starting.
Above: Small glass partition and door installed at a private residence.
How to order glass partitions from Prism Glass
Prism Glass are glass partitions specialists in London. We have the experience and knowledge to ensure your glass installation project is cost-effective, installed quickly and finish to the highest standards.
If you need help on what glass partition walls to install or a free quote:
Call +44 (0)208 947 8428 (office hours are Monday to Friday 9 am to 5 pm)
Or email us on firstname.lastname@example.org
Or write to us using our online contact form
We supply and install a wide variety of glass partitions to suit just about any needs, including privacy glass from SmartGlass International and JEB partition systems. We also supply and install bespoke shower screens, glass balustrades, splash-backs (back painted glass) and mirrors for both commercial and domestic use. Our other service include architectural glass projects and glass maintenance.