What is a Glass Flooring System?
Glass flooring systems are a popular choice for modern homes and businesses, capable of adding light, transparency, and even a sense of luxury and sophistication to a space. But what exactly is a glass flooring system, and how does it work?
A glass floor system is a complete walkable glass floor package that uses glass planks or modular glass combined with another structural element such as steel or concrete.
The glass panels can be made of glass blocks, glass bricks, or in the case of our 91R glass planks, extremely durable tempered and laminated composite glass. Walkable glass is structural — that is, incredibly strong and durable enough to accommodate people and objects. Glass flooring systems can be installed in a variety of locations, including interior floors, staircases, and even balconies and decks.
How Do Glass Flooring Systems Work?
Glass floor panels must be supported by an adequate framework and hardware. With a glass flooring system, panels or planks are installed into a custom frame system using a variety of methods, including mechanical fasteners, silicone sealants, or a combination of both.
Once the glass panels are installed, they are sealed to prevent moisture and debris from infiltrating the system. Full-service glass manufacturing companies, such as Circle Redmont, supply all of the components needed to install a glass floor in their glass flooring systems. This means that whether Circle Redmont installers or a contractor is installing the floor, all of the components — glass, framework, hardware, and architectural drawings — are included so that the system can be successfully installed exactly as it is designed.
Safety Features of Glass Flooring Systems
A common concern, even among architects, is how safe glass flooring is. Glass flooring systems are designed to be incredibly safe. First, the glass panels used in glass flooring systems are made of tempered or laminated glass, which is much stronger than regular glass. Additionally, glass flooring systems are typically installed with a variety of safety features, such as:
- Anti-slip coating or frits: Glass flooring panels are typically treated with traction-control frits or an anti-slip coating to prevent slips and falls. You can also specify a sandblasted surface for slip resistance.
- Load-bearing capacity: Glass flooring systems are designed to withstand a high load-bearing capacity, so you can be confident that they are safe to walk on. Circle Redmont’s custom panels can be custom-designed and manufactured to meet your project’s weight requirements.
- Failure redundancy: Glass flooring systems are typically designed with failure redundancy, which means that even if part of the system fails, the floor will still be able to support its load.