Useful Information about Architectural Glazing

Home Insurance & Glass

Different perspective to home insurance

Many homeowners are attracted to the idea of installing minimal windows or Frameless Structural Glass. If you decide you’d like to make these sorts of improvements to your home, you need to note that installing minimalistic glass will affect your home insurance.  However, that need not present you with problems. You can make the changes you want and still get the insurance cover you need!

minimal windows secure your home differently from conventional sliding doors and windows. The minimal windows Sliding System will generally lock at the top and bottom, not in the centre. The locking mechanisms will be hidden away and out of sight.

Water End House, Hertfordshire, 2017. Architect: Kirkland Fraser Moor.

You will need to inform your insurers that you’re having minimal windows installed. Your new doors or windows are elements of your home’s security system and the changes you’re making will affect your insurance.

Some insurers will be unfamiliar with the ways in which minimal windows and Structural Glass installations protect your home. Many insurers expect there to be five-lever mortice locks on external doors and they may be unaware that your type of installation addresses security issues effectively, but differently.

minimal windows installations are often fitted with anti-theft devices and the flat surfaces presented to the outside world are almost impossible to breach with a crowbar or jemmy. In fact, as far as insurance is concerned, such features have higher level safety certificates than traditional mortice locks.


Obtaining Insurance

When you decide to install Frameless Structural Glass or minimal windows in your home, it’s a good idea to work with an insurer who understands how secure this type of glass can be.

According to Dominic Trigg of Christopher Trigg:

“It is important to use an insurance broker that understands the sort of specialist requirements that luxury homes demand. The IQ Glass glazing systems are pre-approved with our panel of insurers, offering homeowners peace of mind when they choose insurance with us."

When you and your architect have agreed on the way you want your home to look, and you’ve decided that you intend to utilise the features that minimal windows or Frameless Structural Glass have to offer, talk to the specialists. Make sure you get the home insurance you need with the minimum of fuss.