What is Structural Glass?

Structural Glass is an area of architectural glazing using high specification glazing units and structural engineering expertise in order to create frameless glass installations with no frame required.

Frameless Glass Design

The term ‘structural glass’ is a wide reaching product term used to describe a large number of frameless glass assemblies where the glass itself is taking an element of the structural loads that are applied to the elevation or surface.

These types of structural glass assemblies include walk on structural glass panels to be used as floor lights within a solid structure or as a full glass floor. Frameless glass balustrades are another well used element of structural glass, used to create a clear, frameless glass safety barrier against a fall or level change.

Full structural glass constructions can be created using elevations of structural glass supported by minimal steel or laminated glass beams and fins. This type of structural glass construction is used to create structural glass box extensions as well as frameless glass roofs.

Structural Glass Engineering

IQ’s experience and expertise in the area of structural glass is wide reaching, having worked on some of the most challenging and complex glass projects within the UK. There are many areas of design and implementation to take into consideration when creating a structural glass installation, including installation feasibility, access to site, experienced installers, weather proofing and precise silicone application.

Each installation of structural glass created by IQ Glass is bespoke designed to suit each floor finish, wall material and design for a suitable construction and unique appearance.

With an in house installations team with a dedicated mastic division, experienced contract managers and a long and extensive history of structural glass detailing and design IQ Glass really are the first choice for architects and designers looking to create a frameless, structural glass assembly.

Commercial Projects

Further Reading

Structural Glass Floors

Frame-less Glass Balustrades

Structural Glass Roofs

Frame-less Windows

Glass Box Extensions