Glass roofs are extremely effective in transforming the aesthetics of an object’s interior and represent some of the most versatile and spectacular glazing solutions. It is a bit misleading, however, to simply talk about “glass roofs” as a single product or object – there are many different types, styles and designs, and there are all kinds of things to consider when choosing one of them.
Depending on your property and your requirements, different types of glass roofs will be most suitable. This guide will give you everything you need to know when considering different types of roofs for your project.
Why install a glass roof?
So why choose a roof at all? What makes these installations so attractive, and what advantages do they offer as a property? Understanding these concepts is an important and valuable step in determining which type of roof will best suit your home or project….
It is easy to assume that there are only a few options for glass roofs – open or fixed, large or small. But that can’t be further from the truth. The technology and production of double-glazed windows is now so advanced that specialists can design and install roofs, in fact, with infinite freedom.
This means that glass roofs can be thin or dramatic, can fit into almost any space and can be designed in any opening configuration or fixed functionality. Roofs can be moved, extended or rotated, and can also be manually or remotely controlled. They can also be equipped with virtually any type of glass, including single, double or even triple glazing.
Glass roof selection – Types of roofs
So, given all these many advantages, how about choosing a glass roof? What are the options? And how do you determine which type or style will best suit your own requirements?
In short, it will depend on a few things, but for the most part it will depend on the supplier or specialist with whom you choose to work. If you choose a glass roof “off the shelf”, then although you know what you will get, you will be limited by the limitations of this range.
Are the panels single or multi-layered?
Glass roofs are divided into single or multi-panel. This basically means that they either have one glass panel in a frame or several panels combined together. The minimum simplicity of frameless single-panel roofs offers a sharp visual contrast to a multi-panel product in a frame length to the ceiling, and the choice of the most suitable one will depend on several things.
Glass – what type of glazing?
When it comes to the actual glass in the roof, you can assume that it falls into the category of “one-size”, but in fact it is not. There are many possibilities for personalising and changing the glass used, and the glazing technology you choose to implement will depend on your specific needs. What is particularly interesting is that most of them can be used in combination with each other. Several examples include…
Opening or closing?
One of the most important questions you can ask yourself in any glass installation is what its purpose will be. Do you just need to let extra light into the space? Will it provide ventilation and change the climate in the room? Or will it act as an entrance or access point between indoor and outdoor space? With this in mind, you should think about whether the glass roof should be able to open…