When we talk about a glass partition we are necessarily talking about glass. All kinds of questions then come to mind. First, will the glass, which will be introduced into my structure, be sufficiently safe in the event of contact? Are there any glasses that soundppartition better than others? Do textured lenses create more privacy? Are there different degrees of opacity depending on the type of glass I choose? These are all questions we will try to answer.
The safety aspect of the product is obviously, at all times, a priority.
The glass we use is always tempered. Tempering glass provides superior mechanical properties in terms of impact resistance. This principle is relatively simple in itself. Each glass panel is pre-cut at the cutting center, according to a cutting list specific to your tailor-made project, then introduced into ovens at very high temperatures (up to 700 degrees Celsius). The panels are then cooled quickly to promote tension and compression of the glass, thus considerably increasing its impact resistance. We are talking about a resistance of 2 to 5 times higher than a glass which has not undergone the soaking treatment. In the event of a fatal impact, the tempered glass panel will shatter into thousands of small fragments. When glass breaks, what is dangerous is when the panel fragments into large, sharp blades rather than into thousands of small pieces as is the case with tempered glass. Tempering glass, in addition to its resistance, provides a higher level of safety in the event of breakage.
Other than soaking, rolling is another technique also used to make the wall more resistant to shocks.
Lamination is the principle by which we glue two sheets of glass together with a film allowing the 2 surfaces to adhere. At the time of an impact, this film between the glasses retains the glass fragments and thus eliminates any risk of injury. Lamination also has suggested sound-absorbing properties but more or less considerable when inserted into our steel structures. Other elements allow better soundppartitioning such as the falling threshold for example, we can talk about this later. Laminated glass, however, is not what we suggest a priori since its surface, if the glasses are not tempered before lamination, is much more fragile, which makes handling, during installation, more restrictive. The cost of the latter is also much higher. We also always consider the aesthetics of the product. As a result, during lamination, it is common for bubbles to form and be visible on the panel once installed, however small they may be. As aesthetics and safety are a priority, tempered glass is the best choice to integrate into our structures.
Now that the technical course is over, we can move on to aesthetics! The range offered at Projet Acier Montréal includes 12 different varieties of glass. These types of glasses are carefully selected according to current trends to create the desired ambiance and meet the desired level of privacy. There are other possibilities than those put forward by our team but as we try to adapt as best as possible to current trends, our offer is very complete and varied. The choice depends mainly on the purpose of the space and the look we want to give to the space. Textured glass is often an optimal choice when we want to create more privacy in a room. We can achieve different levels of opacity depending on the texture chosen.
Each composition is unique and makes your project a distinctive element in its own right in the interior environment where it is installed. Just let yourself be inspired and the choices will be made naturally. We are still here to support and advise you throughout the entire process of your glass partition project.