When it comes to dealing with a project that requires or requests the use of glass as the main structural component of a building, bespoke glazing methods are often used. “Bespoke” is another word for custom built or uniquely made, while “glazing” refers to the process of toughening, laminating, and or coating glass for insulated, acoustic or structural integrity purposes. You’ve seen it in modern homes, skyscrapers, shopping centres etc. Bespoke glazed glass is especially popular these days as it is a much cheaper, safer, and sturdier solution than wood, concrete, or otherwise. It’s even popular to use at home as well, as many bespoke glazing London specialists offer door, skylight, window, and sunroom solutions.
So, why do architects need to use bespoke glazing solutions? Whether an architect or contractor is using float glass, tempered glass, laminated glass or otherwise, bespoke glazed glass might be a requirement for safety reasons. In fact, many people call bespoke glazed glass “safety glass” because it is less likely to break or pose a threat when broken than other methods of treating glass. However, the project in question might want to feature bespoke glass for aesthetic purposes. It is possible to include artwork and designs between the sheets of glass before they are heated and bonded in a kiln, creating an exquisitely unique piece of artwork when finished.
If you are thinking of doing a commercial or a residential project that is better suited for a bespoke glazing solution, then you might want to consider asking a specialist these three crucial questions below, here’s why:
Can We See Some Of Your Past Projects?
This question is a must. When you are dealing with projects of this magnitude, you have a lot on the line. People could get hurt from the result of faulty manufacturing or installation – nobody needs this. This question is practically common sense as well. It’s standard practice to ask for a portfolio, reference, resume, contacts, etc. for any prospective business or work-related transaction or interaction. Having a look at past projects will bring to light and actualize the specialist’s skill-set and style. You will be able to see just what they have done, and who they have worked for, so asking to look at some of their previous works will give you a few contacts who might be able to vouch for their work. Moreover, it will also give you insight into the client’s style and approach to custom glazing. To avoid confusion and order a product, you didn’t end up wanting or needing, always demand to look at a specialist’s portfolio.
Do You Manufacture Your Products In-House?
This is another brilliant question to ask any specialist because after all, one’s bespoke glazing solutions wouldn’t be “bespoke” if they were not manufactured in-house! If any bespoke glazing specialist says that they outsource their manufacturing, then this is not the type of specialist you want. When you want something made for aesthetic and needs to adhere to a set amount of safety requirements, you would want it manufactured in-house. If a project is being shipped out overseas to be processed and treated en masse, then you just cannot trust the finished result. The process of outsourcing may be cheaper in some situations, but when it comes to the manufacturing of toughened glass for structural purposes, an in-house structural engineering and treatment team cannot go wrong.
What Security Requirements Should I Be Looking For?
When it comes time to asking about security requirements, there are two things to consider: insurance and use of building/glass. When it comes to insurance, you need to be asking your specialist if he/she is fully warranted. Are they covered by insurance? When it comes to use, think carefully about all of the variables that come into using glass as a structural support. What kind of climate will the building be in? Will the building have glass featured at heights? Are there heavy winds in the area? These are all great questions that fit into the idea of selecting the best, safest safety glass for your project. Some projects might require the use of glass that has double or triple-glazed coating solutions that act as insulators. Individual glazing methods also help with resonance, keeping the acoustic balance of a room intact. Please make sure to ask about all of the concerns mentioned above to complete and maintain a successful project.