The Best Designs and Placements for Glass Canopies
No doubt you will have seen the magnificent glass canopies at shopping centres, entrances to office blocks, hotels, leisure centres, subways, train stations and the like. They make an impressive and sweeping addition to the façade of a building.
They reflect the sun and the sky with their gleaming glass panels. They look modern, traditional and elegant, all wrapped in one design.
Some have amazing design features as they seemingly float in mid-air. As striking as they are in a commercial setting, glass canopies can also bring elegance as well as more than a hint of function to your home.
But factors do you need to consider to get both the best design and placement from your glass canopy?
#1 Get Inspired
If you are considering adding a glass canopy to your home get inspired by the projects of other. Many people share these additions to their home online.
Tap into any photo rich social media source or search for glass canopy designs and ideas to see how certain shapes and features dramatically improve the appearance of a building.
#2 Planning and Sketching
Secondly, you need to sketch out your own ideas, as well as measure the space you have available and take plenty of photographs of your home and its location so a potential supplier could help you with how the canopy can be fixed, the best design and so on.
#3 Contact the Experts
Glass canopies need to deal with a wide range of weathers from rain and wind, to blistering sunshine as well as withstanding the weight of snow. This means that there are numerous safety considerations in your design and this is why working with specialists when it comes to glass canopies is a must.
Tempered laminated glass, similar to the infills on glass balustrades, will withstand the pressure of heavy snow as well as withstand all kinds of weather but what will make the difference is the fixings and components such as the glass c lamps, as well as the strength of the wall it is being fixed into.
There may also be a need to work out cantilevered approach to a glass canopy too, a great way of creating a canopy without too much of a frame etc.
Consider in your design that…
- A canopy that spans a large area will need extra reinforcement.
- A spider canopy design works well where there are large panes of glass to support over wide spans.
- Points of support will need analysing from stress and that deflection is well within acceptable limits.
- Frameless canopies can work but that wires and static bolts can cause the glass to crack – it is essential that you bring in a professional.
- There will be a degree of rotation in the canopy and it will need to be constructed to work within these constraints.
- Fixing and glass clamps need to be of the highest quality and suitable for use with glass canopies.
#4 Get the Right Glazing
It goes without saying that the glass used on the canopy will need to be toughened. Laminated glass is also good as this means that should it be damaged that it won’t shatter but rather chip or crack. There are different glass products on the market and some are more suited to a canopy installation than others.
Our advice? Do your research on the best type of glass and glass product to use on a canopy at your home.
#5 Glass Finish
Take a moment to look at glass canopies and you will see that some come with translucent glass panes, or tinted one, patterned or with a design, special effect or image of your choice subtly digitally printed in the design.
Which will suit your canopy best and which choice of glass finish is within your budget?
There are some practicalities that must be considered:
- Drainage – there will need to be a slope or angle to encourage rain run-off and possible guttering too.
- Overhang – too much of an overhang makes the canopy unstable thus, your design will need to ensure that any overhang is suitable supported by the canopy frame.
- The location – of all the weather that can cause the most problems, it is prolonged exposure to sun that can have the biggest impact on a canopy. Always check that your design has the strength and durability it needs to cope with all weathers.
Providing a sleek and contemporary look to your home, a glass canopy can be a design feature that is also practical and functional.