Glass is at home, inside and out!
Glass is attractive as a design element because it transmits natural light. Being able to distribute light more effectively around a space tends to “open up” the design, and gives the space a lighter feel. It also creates more design options in terms of compatible flooring choices and room layout.
Some daring uses of glass in interior residential spaces include glass stairs, glass room dividers, glass doors and door walls, and glass countertops. Glass is the expected material choice for exterior windows, but interior windows and glass panels can help create the illusion of space, even in confined quarters.
Nothing opens a room like floor-to-ceiling glass windows and skylights. Being able to see the sky from an interior space can visually double or even triple the apparent size of a small room.
It’s important to maintain a balance between the amount of interior and exterior glass. When designing a space, it’s important to keep in mind that exterior glass will transmit UV-light. UV-light can get “trapped” by glass and can really heat up a space quickly. This trapped heat will exert additional pressure on the building’s cooling system and can potentially increase the amount of energy needed to keep a space comfortable. Additionally, a large amount of exterior glass can cause heat to escape the building during the winter. Because glass has poor insulating qualities, buildings that use a large amount of glass will also require additional energy to keep the space comfortable in the winter.
Glassprimer™ glass paint uses a patented nano-bonding technology that actually modifies the surface of the glass to allow the paint to make a permanent bond. Glassprimer™ glass paint cures completely within 24-72 hours, and once cured, the paint will remain on the glass permanently. In fact, when applied according to the terms of the Glassprimer™ warranty, Glassprimer™ glass paint is warranted to be free from defects on interior applications for a period of 10 years. This stellar performance allows Glassprimer™ glass paint to create a reliable, beautiful and durable coating and improve energy efficiency for the practical life of the installation.
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