There are several different types of glass curtain wall systems to choose from. Some have a single glass panel, while others consist of two or three layers. Most of them are attached to the support frame. Some can also be glazed on the inside. Other materials besides glass are used as curtain walls.
These systems are fixed to the structural frame and then installed on site. Installation quality is also important. Factors such as the availability of skilled glazing companies, weather conditions, and dirt on the construction site can affect the quality of the installation. A professional glass company will be able to properly install the curtain wall and ensure the highest level of safety and quality.
One type of glass curtain wall is rimless glass curtain wall. This type of curtain wall provides full transparency and full view. The transparency of the glass is perfect for circulation and helps integrate the space. Another advantage of rimless glass walls is that they are easy to maintain and clean.
Unit curtain wall systems are usually manufactured and shipped to the site. Advantages of a unitized system include better strength and uniformity, less labor, and higher durability. They are also better able to withstand environmental stresses such as differential movement of floor slabs, concrete creep and shortening of columns.
Acoustic performance is an important consideration when choosing a glass curtain wall system. The acoustic performance of the curtain wall depends on the glass and internal seal. Acoustic performance can be improved by adding silencer filler and making the structure as airtight as possible. Different thicknesses of glass can also reduce external noise.
The glass curtain wall system is an ideal choice for multilevel large-scale buildings. They are more durable than window walls, require less maintenance, and are more economical per square foot. However, curtain walls require special equipment. Some of the curtain walls are prefabricated, while the window walls are custom made to fit only one or two levels.