The pursuit of perfection is embedded in nature in each of us, and progress in different areas of human activity makes it clear every day that efforts are not in vain. Under the sensitive management of foreign and domestic developers there are new interesting and useful inventions for more comfortable living conditions. Frameless glazing has become one of such inventions, originally being a Finnish “brainchild”, and after being launched into production in our country.
It should be noted that exclusivity has always been charged the highest fee, as is the case with frameless glazing, which to this day people who are not burdened with financial problems can afford.
What’s frameless glazing
The original Finnish system is a structure of two metal (aluminium) profiles attached to the ceiling and floor (parapet) respectively. Glass wings (6 to 10 mm thick) are fastened between them, for which a roller system is used to move the blades along the profile.
The edges of each canvas are ground very carefully, so it is impossible to cut yourself on them.
To better protect the profiles from heavy rainfall, special overlays are used at joints with the building, canopies and slopes. The system glasses can be transparent, matt and even tinted, which is most important for balconies on lower floors. The design of the sashes also varies: they can be opened inwards or outwards, in both directions, or to the sides.
The maximum height of the glass sashes is 270 cm, width 50-80 cm, it is necessary to know that the higher is the glass balcony, the more important is the level of strength of the glass (and in fact, its thickness). Wind gusts at height are felt more intensely, and the “sailing” of transparent cloths increases, this is the reason for the use of glass with a thickness of at least 8 mm.
For a longer service life of the roller parts, which enable the sashes to move easily along the guide rails, they should be regularly lubricated with silicone once a year.
|The sashes should be opened by pulling the cord above the extreme, where little children cannot reach. There is also a lower lock – a handle that holds the sashes in the set (closed/opened) position.|
An example of the original Finnish frameless glazing system:
Advantages of frameless glazing
- With its many advantages, the frameless glazing system is a dream for many and can appreciate all its advantages, namely:
- This type of glazing provides absolute unity with the environment, and for owners of apartments on high floors there is a stunning panoramic view.
- The transparency and visual lightness of “solid” glazing allows you to fill with light the balcony and the room adjacent to it.
- Outside, balconies or loggias glazed framelessly are a real delight as they are in perfect harmony with the architectural features of the building, whose age and style do not matter.
- It is easy to clean, as the glass sashes can rotate in any direction and open both inside and out.
- The system can be installed on a balcony of any shape, simple (square, rectangular) or complex (oval, round, polygonal).
- Cracks between the glass sashes are insulated with polymers, so such a system quite well protects the balcony from dust, dirt, rain.
- The sashes of the construction are easily rolled in an aluminum profile, using special rollers, and this, if desired, makes it possible to fold the glass as a book near one of the walls, making the loggia as open as possible.
- It should be noted the high reliability and quality of the glasses, because for this type of glazing only hardened, with a thickness of 8-10 mm are used. Breaking the canvas is quite difficult, but if you can do it, it will fly into small cubes, not sharp splinters.
The disadvantages of frameless glazing
Unfortunately, with all the advantages, frameless glazing has its drawbacks, and they are quite significant:
- In late autumn and winter, it will be cold on the balcony or loggia where a similar type of glazing is used, and you will not be able to rest calmly while sitting in a chair reading an interesting book. The temperature inside will be close to outside, and the warming of the room, alas, will not save the situation.
- In warm time, on the contrary, you will be annoyed by insects flying in even through small cracks with the shutters closed, and there will be nowhere to put a protective net on the window.
- If you live on the lower floors, your whole life may well become public, that is, neighbors living on the contrary, and without any problems watching what is happening on your balcony and in the room behind it. This is the lack of transparent glazing.
- Too heavy rainfall and strong gusts of wind can ruin the metal profile, the glass will move poorly and even leak. In addition, the frameless system isolates several times worse from noise coming from outside, and here, involuntarily, you recall the tightness of the glass.
- To maintain “transparency”, it will be necessary to regularly and thoroughly wash the glass for a longer system life.