Frameless Glass External Doors in the Exterior
Apparently, any building assumes the availability of entrance to it, including the main one. The structural unit called “entrance” may consist only of the door itself and its necessary structural framing or represent a seamless architectural complex. Nowadays, the frameless glass external doors have become a common attribute in shopping malls, entertainment centres, business centres, car showrooms, hotels, airports, convention halls, restaurants, and wellness centres.
The glass entrances have obtained their worldwide popularity thanks to many remarkable qualities. Indeed, it is hard to overestimate the role of the glass entrance in the general building appearance. Thus, in addition to their direct functions, such as easy access to the building, the barrier that preserves the internal microclimate, and security, the elegant glass entrance doors underline the owner’s status, decorate the building exterior, and give it extra attractiveness.
Moreover, due to the unique aesthetic properties of glass successfully combined with stone, wood, metal, and other finishing materials, the frameless glass entrances are efficiently applied as independent architectural units for the newly built or reconstructed buildings.
A variety of fittings and possibilities of modern glass decorating technologies (sandblasting, engraving, frosting, fusing, coloured images and logos printing, appliques on the glass surface) allow the manufacturers and designers to personalise each glass entrance system and promote the customer’s corporate identity.
Advantages of Frameless Glass External Doors
The frameless external glass doors have a range of undeniable advantages. Let’s look them through.
- Psychological comfort in use. The matter is that in public places clear glass is the most commonly used material for the frameless glass entrances. Consequently, when approaching the glass door, the visitor has an opportunity to control the situation on both sides.
- The visual feeling of open space. Thus, a frameless glass external door provides maximum penetration of natural light inside the building.
- Great aesthetic appeal, durability, reliability, and high endurance.
- High mechanical strength. Therefore, the frameless glass front doors are safe in the event of accidental breakage.
- Zero water absorption. Hence, it is possible to install a frameless glass door in the building with high humidity level.
Operation Safety of Frameless Glass External Doors
According to the European standards, the frameless glass external doors, shop-windows, and partitions require the application of glass awareness safety signs on the glass surface. Large areas of transparent glass available on the facades of the public buildings may pose a certain risk to the visitors. Thus, the visitors may wrongly perceive the large glass doors as an open doorway. If the availability of glass structure is not visually apparent because of the absence of frame elements, such a glass entrance needs additional designation with warning signs. These signs may include different continuous or dash lines, patterns, and commercial logos.
The size of these images should be sufficient so that people could immediately see the signs when approaching the glass entrance. Besides, it is necessary to place the safety signs at the height of 600-1500 mm from the floor surface. Also, the materials and method of application should ensure the durability of the warning signs when using a frameless glass entrance door and clean the glass surface. Finally, in the areas which small children frequently use the awareness signs at children’s eye level.
Heat Insulation of Frameless Glass External Doors
Regardless of the type of frameless glass external doors, when you are going to install such a glass structure, you must take into consideration the building type. Thus, in the case with a frameless glass front door, the glass structure is for the external glazing. Therefore, it is necessary to take into account its relatively low thermal resistance parameters.
So, for the 10 mm thick glass which is the most frequently used one for the glass entrance production thermal resistance is equal to 0.18 m2 °C/W. As a comparison, for the conventional glass composition, this value is 0.36 m2 °C/W. Also, for such glass structures, it is hard to ensure complete door closing tightness. In small separate rooms without the entrance vestibule and with direct access to the street. So in the cold season, this may cause some thermal discomfort for the employees whose workplaces are near the frameless glass entrance.
Our Frameless Glass External Doors
Indeed, the external glass doors are what the visitors face when they stand at the doorstep. Consequently, the frameless glass entrance must look not only great but also perfectly cope with its direct “duties”. So the team of the Creative Glass Studio knows very well how to combine the concepts of elegance and functionality. Under our belt, there is a huge experience in the design, production, and installation. We use clear toughened glass structures in various boutiques, shops, shopping malls, entertainment centres, business centres. Also, many other buildings in London and its surroundings.
Our experts will pick each element of the glass entrance. Moreover, it could match the modern canons of facade design and at the same time was easy to maintain. We set realistic deadlines for the production and installation of the glass entrance doors. Also, we always adhere to those time limits. Undoubtedly, bespoke glass doors which we manufacture belong to the major factors contributing to a high attendance of any building. With our glass front doors, an attractive building exterior is guaranteed!