Choosing the right type of commercial glasses is important while planning the designs of commercial buildings. Not only they create appealing aesthetics in the designing part but also becomes an entry point of natural light in the building.
But, not all kinds of architectural glasses are same. This is why you need to view the samples first with extreme attention, for the quality of glasses will make or break your whole project.
There is a variety of glasses available in the market, and it requires special skills to evaluate each of them and deciding on what will work the best for your project. However, achieving this expertise doesn’t have to be difficult.
With the help of following listed parameters, you can choose a perfect architectural glass like a pro –
Know Your Design
Before heading to explore the wide range of glasses in the market, you should have clarity of your design first. You should know what the goals of your project are and what is the purpose of using them – is it to create complete transparency or to add reflective aesthetic in the building? Is it going be colorful or plain?
Asking some similar questions to yourself will help you in establishing a better understanding of your needs and ease out your sample reviewing process.
Evaluate the Characteristics
Every glass has a certain reflected color characteristic added to it. To view it accurately, it is always recommended to place it in front of a black background. If you witness the reflection, then you have possibly found the exact reflected color of the glass.
Similarly, if you are looking for the evaluation of the transmitted color, then place it in front of a white background.
Look at the Samples from a Distance
While looking at glass samples, people tend to keep them close to their eye which is in fact, the wrong way of viewing them. The appropriate way is to look at them from a distance of at least 1 to 3 meters. This provides better approximation with regards to the reflective and color qualities of the glass.
Also, make sure you look at the glass by placing it in a vertical or slightly angled manner to gain a precise idea.
View in Natural Light
Light can change the whole appearance of the glass. So, if you are planning to install glasses on the exterior of the building, it is essential you view the sample in natural sunlight to evaluate the glare, light reflection, and transmittance.
You can also resort to view the samples during different times of the day to judge its appearance in presence of different lighting conditions.
Review a Full-Size Mockup
The glass samples are usually available in standard sizes measuring 4″ x 6″ or 12″ x 12″. Viewing the small samples during the initial stage of shortlisting is fine but during the design development stage, you would need a larger sample.
While 12″ x 12″ size sounds sufficient, it is better to ask for a full-size mockup from the vendor for more accurate representation and then view it in natural sunlight or in similar lighting conditions where you are planning to install them.