Glass as a flooring material is used in both residential and commercial buildings with endless possibilities with stunning visual results. A glass floor allows light to pass though reducing the need for artificial lighting and providing a natural source of daylight making them ideal for basement and landings.
Toughened laminated glass should always be used in glass floors to ensure that the failure of one of the panes does not lead to catastrophic failure. The starting point for the design is to select the glass size and the loading for the application. BS 6399 provides floor loadings for domestic up to industrial buildings. .
Glass can be used as a floor panel or stair tread and even provide fire protection. Safety is critical when glass is to be used to be walked upon. Glass floors tends to be relatively thick and heavy even with toughened laminated constructions so the support system for the glass needs to adequate to prevent distortion under load. Care has to be taken with the finished surface to avoid slipping. An etched or printed surface can improve grip and aid against slipping. Wet locations are particularly prone to slipping. Glass floors should always be manufactured with a sacrificial layer, this ensures that should the top panel the glass floor has the required strength to still hold the weight it was designed to take.
Glass flooring is always going to make a bold statement in a building from a mezzanine floor to a walk on rooflight, providing natural source of light and allowing a feeling of openness by providing structural strength and integrity the combinations are endless, multi laminates glass floors to structural double glazed walkways and rooflights.the use of toughened laminates allow strength and a safety.