Whether you are working with new construction or remodeling your existing structure, at some point the interior walls and cubicles will need to be installed.
The more traditional option is to build solid walls with wood or metal framing studs and sheetrock or other materials. Cubicles and office partitions are typically constructed in a similar fashion.
But the trend over the last decade or so has been towards glass walls and partitions within a commercial building. And this has not been without differing opinions regarding the impact of “see-through” walls.
According to an article from Glass On Web,
“There has been great debate and confusion about the advantages and disadvantages of office glass partitions.
While some managers believe they can only achieve the highest efficiency by segregating their teams to avoid disturbances and distractions from teammates, others feel that a lively and interactive ambiance is critical for maximum productivity.”
However, the prevailing view seems to be that there are definite advantages to opting for installing glass wall panels and office partitions.
Interior Commercial Glass Options
There are a wide variety of options for glass in the office, but what are the benefits? There are quite a few, actually, but here is a brief overview of the key advantages and benefits of interior glass for office areas.
While changing the layout of a room with traditional walls is difficult and costly, demounting glass partitions and moving them from one place to another is relatively simple.
The need for artificial lighting, particularly during the day, is reduced with office glass partitions. In addition, maximizing natural light improves the health and morale of your employees.
Ease of Maintenance
Glass office partitions are relatively easy to clean and maintain with a window cleaning solution to wipe down the glass panels.
Office glass wall panels and partitions provide an elegant and stylish, world-class corporate look and feel to an office.
Installing glass office partitions does not necessarily compromise privacy. A variety of moveable and adjustable shades are available. In addition, frosted glass provides as much natural light as any other type of glass, while enhancing privacy.
Which brings us to the options for interior glass types.
First, it’s important to note that the glass used for commercial interiors is incredibly strong and shatter-resistant for obvious reasons. While there have been instances of people walking into a glass partition or door, the glass remains intact.
Perhaps the majority of office glass installations make use of clear products. Clear glass walls, panels, and partitions cannot be exceeded for elegance and sophistication. Variations on clear glass include tinting and etching.
In some instances, technology can be employed that creates otherwise clear glass walls to darken for privacy. However, most clear glass products rely on blinds or shades for that purpose.
Etched patterns are sometimes applied to glass products to add decorative touches and help make them visible to occupants.
But the most common alternative to clear or tinted glass in the office environment is frosted glass.
Why Install Frosted Glass in Your Office Environment
When you opt for installing frosted glass walls and partitions in your workspace, you are creating an open and bright atmosphere. Your office and workspaces will seem larger and more “open” because of the natural light that helps illuminate the office environment.
Frosted glass is obviously far less transparent than clear glass products but, because it is glass, it still allows you to create an overall sense of openness throughout your workplace.
Even frosted glass allows natural light to permeate throughout an office interior, which, as we noted previously, can help to reduce your dependence on artificial lighting. This, in turn, helps reduce your energy usage and contributes to reducing your carbon footprint.
In other words, glass walls, panels, and partitions can be seen as a “green” option to more traditional interior building materials.
Perhaps the most important reason to install frosted glass in the office is that it ensures the privacy of your employees. Creating a stylish and sophisticated interior doesn’t need to come at the cost of providing space where employees can work productively.
The huge upside to installing frosted glass office walls and partitions is that they allow for the free flow of natural light, while also allowing you to create privacy for spaces every company needs.
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Our experienced team of highly skilled glaziers has a passion for glazing and for the satisfaction of a job done professionally and well. B&L Glass provides informed solutions for every type of glass need throughout Sonoma County and the Greater Bay Area.
Whether that’s residential glass shower enclosures or a commercial glass storefront, we have the skills and professionals necessary to execute your ideas to the highest level.
With the attention to detail necessary to craft custom interior glass doors and the capabilities to work at a large scale, we offer the most reliable solutions for outcomes you’ll love.
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