We've been installing glass partitions in London since 2008. Glass partitions are non-weight bearing walls comprised of metal track and glass. These glass walls serve to divide spaces and create privacy without using solid walls, such as brick or plasterboard walls.
Usually, glazing profiles are made of aluminium and available in a variety of finishes as well as track colours. Partitions can be manufactured to meet aesthetic and design needs. Switchable glass and acoustic glass partitions can be specified to improve privacy needs too. While fire-rated glass can help stop the spread of fire and hot gasses or smoke. Contact us today for a no-obligation quote or jump to:
What is the difference between single glazed partitions and double glazed partitions?
Glass office partition film (Manifestation)
WHAT TYPE OF GLASS IS USED IN PARTITIONING?
Toughened glass is the most common type of glass used in partitioning. This glass is taken through a heating process to toughen 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. For this reason, it's commonly referred to as safety glass.
Other common types of glass used in partitioning include:
Acoustic glass (usually laminated glass panels)
Laminated glass for additional safety and increased acoustic resistance
Fire-rated glass (sometimes referred to as ceramic glass)
Specialist glass like privacy switchable smart glass
Decorative glass panels like tinted glass
For more information on different glass types, see: "What is the difference between Float Glass, Toughened Glass and Laminate Glass?"
WHY USE GLASS PARTITION WALLS?
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. However, due to its' clear, transparent quality, glass 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).
It makes a space look beautiful or elegant
Glass walls are not heavy on the eye and are virtually conspicuous. Glass doors and glazing tracks 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 for 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 easily wiped clean. If needed, panels can be replaced with little hassle - 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.
WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN SINGLE GLAZED 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 comprise two layers of glass. Depending on the partition system used, the glass panels can be framed or frameless. Double glazed walls are typically used where sound reduction and privacy are essential. Some double glazed frame systems allow for internal blinds (installed between two layers of glass), providing additional privacy.
HOW MUCH ARE GLASS PARTITION WALLS?
Costs will largely depend on the size and specification of the glass walls. Double glazed partitions are more expensive than single. You also need to consider installation costs (not just the materials). The type of doors and ironmongery you decide to use can significantly impact glass partition costs. Ironmongery is essentially door accessories such as hinges, door handles and locks.
As an estimate, a single glaze glass partition wall can cost approximately £180 per m2 (minimum order applies and excludes VAT). And one single glaze glass door can cost about £850 (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 get in touch with us today.
WHICH ARE THE BEST GLASS DOORS TO USE?
Deciding on the types of door you need 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 walls must have a visible film or manifestation. The glass manifestation must be visible with enough contrast to be seen both inside and outside in any 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 bespoke design, or even company logos or branding.
CAN I BUY GLASS PARTITION WALLS FOR HOME AND DOMESTIC USE?
Glass walls are becoming increasingly popular, not just as office glass 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 many styles to choose from. Glass walls can be installed in large open rooms, corridors, en-suite bathrooms and more. Best of all, 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.
HOW TO ORDER GLASS PARTITIONS FROM PRISM GLASS
Prism Glass are London's glass partitions specialist. We have the experience and knowledge to ensure your glass installation projects are cost-effective, installed quickly and finished to the highest standards.
If you need help on what glass partition walls to install or a free quote:
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We supply and install a wide variety of glass partitions to suit just about any need, including privacy glass from SmartGlass International and JEB partition systems. We also provide and install bespoke shower screens, glass balustrades, splash-backs (back painted glass) and mirrors for commercial and domestic use. Our services include structural glass, atrium glass projects and glass maintenance.