Written in collaboration with Rosana Beechum
Unlike what a lot of us may falsely believe, the usage of patent glazing is not only reserved for the commercial sectors. Due to the energy efficiency and structural durability they provide, patent glazing options are also available for modern residential buildings. To help make more sense of things, let’s first introduce ourselves properly with what patent glazing is exactly.
Patent glazing is a structural concept in glass roof construction
That may sound complicated, but you have most likely seen this at one of the London railways stations already. Glazed roofing can also be seen in greenhouses, shopping malls, Five Star hotels and grand, contemporary residential buildings. A closer look at one of those roofs should be self-explanatory. In simpler words, it can be defined as a double-edged support system for glazed glass panels, which are usually placed in between the glazing bars. There are also more modern, quad-edged methods that are applied to make it useful even on sloped walling.
Why is it called “patent” glazing?
The companies that bought the rights to the technology and consequently took out multiple patents on the glazing methods, are responsible for the name. It should be noted that those patents are no longer valid and there is no restriction on using the centuries-old method of glazing glass panes anymore, but the name stuck to it all the same.
Can a modern home implement patent glazing successfully?
Now, it should be noted that due to the nature of the roofing system itself, one has to have an adequately engineered, sizable house that can make the roofing look aesthetic, while maximising the energy efficiency and natural light that patent glazing provides. To know more about how the technology works and the various methods involved in it, pay a visit to the patent glazing section on Lonsdale Metal’s official website. They offer patent glazing solutions for residential and commercial projects of all size, so don’t hesitate to contact them if you have any questions about patent glazing and its application in residential buildings
How to implement patent glazing in a modern home
Now that we have gone through the basics, let’s discuss a few ideas which can help you make the best of patent glazing in your own home. Thanks to modern architectural design, it is possible to go beyond just skylights in the living room. Perfectly complementing your artificial home lighting system during the day, patent glazing can be used to make a natural lighting system for your home. Roof lanterns are a popular choice for nearly any house, while some would simply opt for an integrated, structural glazing to expose their rooms to the maximum sunlight possible.
A bathroom with a sky window is also a good choice, because nearly everybody enjoys stargazing from their bathtub after a hard day of work. Do make sure that light pollution has not made stargazing impossible in your location, and the placing should be high enough to keep anyone from getting a peek inside.