Structural Glazing

The difference between structural glass and structural glazing

Structural glass is glass that has gone through a manufacturing process that enables it to be used for structural elements of buildings.

Structural glazing is a system of bonding glass to a building’s structural framing members using a high strength, high performance silicone sealant specifically designed and tested for this use.

Tempered glass used in structural glazing is created by heating sheets of glass uniformly after manufacture until the glass reaches a specified temperture, then rapidly cooling it with jets of air. The outer layers closest to the jets of air cool, contract, and solidify first. As the outer layers cool, they compress inner layers. This tempering process creates glass that is about seven times stronger than ordinary or untreated float glass.

Structural glazing is highly durable and can withstand dynamic and static loads. Because of its load bearing capabilities, architects use structural glazing to create visually stunning buildings with transparent walls, floors and ceilings, all allowing natural light to flow in.

What is Structural Glazing Comprised Of?

A typical structural glazing system is composed of:

  • structural framing or support structure
  • glass
  • structural silicone sealant
  • compatible spacers, setting blocks and gaskets.

What Types of Structural Glazing Systems Are There?

There are five main types of structural glazing. Lynnmour Glass can advise on all five types:

  • Fully Unitized Glazing Systems
  • Semi Unitized Glazing Systems
  • Canopy Glazing
  • Shop-front Glazing
  • Spider Glazing.

Lynnmour Glass has provided full and semi structural glazing to many building projects throughout the Lower Mainland. See ourrecent projectsto view our award-winning finished projects using structural glazing.

Our structural glazing meets required building codes and specifications. To get started, contact us through the form below to arrange a time for us to take down your specifications and source the glass you need.

t. 604 980 9024
2455 Dollarton Hwy #107, North Vancouver, BC V7H 0A2