Anti Slip Glass for Walk On Glass Floor and Rooflights

What is Anti Slip Glass?

Let us explain what Anti Slip Glass really is. Glass can become slippery when wet, that part is easy to understand. Common sense should be applied when specifying this material for walk on applications such as walk on rooflights. This is of particular importance when the glass is being installed where the public can access it.

On a private dwelling, it is less likely that the glass will be used if it is raining. However, the same cannot be said for commercial and public applications.

Applying an anti-slip glass surface finish to glass that is designed for walk-on applications should always be considered. The same finish can also provide some obscurity to the glass if required.

A screen-printed frit that includes particles within the ink to create a rough texture can be applied to the glass in a variety of patterns, which will significantly increase the slip resistance of the glass. Alternatively, the surface of the glass can be sandblasted which will result in more diffused light and improved obscurity.

Slip resistance is measured using mean Pendulum Test Values (PTV); the higher the figure the better the slip resistance.

A PTV of 0-24 has a high slip risk, 25-35 has a moderate slip risk and 36+ has a low slip risk. The test is carried out in wet and dry conditions and the lowest figure is obtained when wet.

Generally sandblasted glass achieves a PTV of 50 and fritted glass achieves a PTV of 60, providing better slip resistance than the sandblasted. However, both are well above the threshold of 36 to be categorised as having a low slip potential.

Further information regarding slip resistance can be found at the UK Slip Resistance Group (UKSRG), or to find out more about specifying walk on rooflights by contacting us at hello@massimosky.com

What is minimal glazing?

The current world of architecture and design, efforts are split into two main areas of focus: innovating, and pushing the boundaries of what can be achieved, and enhancing or highlighting structures that already exist. Minimal glazing could be the tool which bridges the gap between these fields.

The question of what type of glazing will best suit a project has existed since glass was first used as a material in construction, and it’s something that architects and designers have had to navigate consistently in their work.

However, through amazing new techniques in glass manufacture and design, many of the limitations that glass used to impose have been blown apart – and minimal glazing plays a big part in this.

What exactly is minimal glazing?

Minimal glazing involves any glass installations, such as windows and doors, which are visually subtle. As technology and techniques have evolved in the world of glazing and construction, it’s now become viable to design glazing which is structurally sound, and aesthetically unobtrusive.

Until relatively recent developments in construction techniques, windows and other glazing solutions usually involved a bulky frame, which was often made from wood. In 1959, ‘float glass’ was developed, which essentially involved cooling molten glass by floating it on a slow-moving bath of liquid tin – a technique that’s still widely used today as the primary method of creating flat glass panels. Until this, the relatively unstable nature of glass production meant that the material wasn’t uniform, and had to be supported within a sturdy (and therefore often visually clunky) frame.

Even with perfectly flat glass now an option, the arrival and subsequent rise in popularity of things like double glazing mean that frames had to accommodate a thick glazed panel. Even with updates to materials (including fibreglass and aluminium), frames remained thick. This wasn’t inherently a problem; but with the arrival of architectural glazing and toughened glass, things changed.

As new methods were developed, such as heat-strengthening and laminating, it became possible to treat glass not purely as a tool with which to let in natural light, or provide a view, but as a construction material in and of itself.

Frames no longer need to be bulky, and in many cases, can be almost completely visually eliminated. This means that a glass installation no longer needs to act as a standalone feature, and can actually highlight or draw attention to other elements in a design or building. By using things like silicone bonding, which effectively eliminates the need for a solid frame between two glass panels, an almost completely uninterrupted effect can be achieved.

Minimal glazing is the term used for any glass installation in a construction which serves a practical purpose – whether that’s to provide a breathtaking view, or shelter you from the rain as you move from one interior space to the next – all without detracting from the other aesthetic elements of a design. Floor to ceiling windows and large sliding glass doors are the optimum of this design ethos.

Is Triple Glazing Worth It?

Welcome to the latest blog by Massimosky. We are often asked about Triple Glazing and is it worth upgrading when pricing for aluminium windows and doors. We have compiled all the info we can to help you make the decision; is it worth it?

What is Triple Glazing?

Triple Glazing Aluminium

Triple glazing is made up of 3 panes of glass, instead of 2 you find in double glazing. Between each pane of glass is a small gap which is filled with air or an insulating gas, like argon. Because of this extra pane of glass, triple glazing is better at reducing heat loss and keeping your home warmer. It also helps to insulate your home from outside noises and improves your property’s security.

Triple glazing is most popular in cold climate countries such as Sweden and Norway, but it’s becoming more popular in the UK as homeowners begin to realise its additional benefits to single or double glazing.

 

What are the Advantages and Disadvantages of Triple Glazing?

Advantages

 Reduces heat loss, making your home feel warmer

 More efficient, lowering your energy bills

 Harder to break, improving your home’s security

 Better at blocking out noise from outside

Disadvantages

 More expensive than double glazing

 Longer return on investment than double glazing

 Allows in less light

 Heavier and can cause logistical issues for installation.

 

 

Triple Glazing vs Double Glazing

Thermal Performance

The energy efficiency of a window is measured using the U-value, which measures how well a window prevents heat from escaping from your home. The lower the U-value, the better a window is at retaining heat.

Windows doors Thermal

New double glazing has a U-value of around 1.2, whereas new triple glazing has a slightly better U-value of about 0.8. But what does this mean? Put simply, triple glazing will make your home that little bit more comfortable than double glazing by keeping the air temperature in your home just a few degrees warmer. This means you’ll be able to save a little more money on your energy bills with triple glazing than with new double glazing.

 

Sound Insulation

Triple glazed windows are a bit better than new double glazed windows at insulating your home from external sounds, because of their extra pane of glass. So if you live in a noisy area, such as on a busy road or below an airport flight path, the amount of noise that can enter your home from outside will be slightly more reduced. However, this level of sound insulation can be achieved with laminated glass using double glazing.

 

Home Security

The extra pane of glass that comes with triple glazing means that your windows are stronger and harder to break than double glazed windows. Combined with security features such as multipoint locking systems and toughened glass, triple glazing can give you more peace of mind over the safety of your home.

 

Light Penetration

Because triple glazed windows are made up of more glass, they actually let in less light than double glazed windows. This means your home’s interior will feel a bit dimmer so we wouldn’t recommend installing triple glazing on north-facing windows that get little sunlight.

In summary, triple glazing can provide benefits with thermal and sound insulation but you must consider the cost of not only the product itself but the cost to get the products installed. Triple glazing is much heavier and can sometimes need mechanical lifting equipment to install. Check with our sales team and we will happily provide costs for both Double and Triple glazing and the weights involved.